Where to Find English Children's Books
Reading & Writing Tips
School Support Services (SSS) at Christian Academy in
1-2-14 Shinkawa-cho, Higashi Kurume shi, Tokyo 203-0013. Tel:
0424-71-3694. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is part of the Educational Support Services division of the Christian
Academy in Japan. CAJ is a Christian school that was established to meet the
educational needs of evangelical missionaries' children. Members of SSS
include children attending Japanese school supported by English tutoring at home,
and children who are completely homeschooled in English. Membership inquiries
should be directed to Ms. Flossie Epley.
- This is a website for full-time homeschoolers in Japan and those who supplement Japanese
education with English homeschooling. The website provides information on
networking with other parents (via events and newsgroup), and provides a
well-researched and impressive array of links and articles on homeschooling and
education in Japan.
- Jon's Homeschool Resource Page http://www.midnightbeach.com.
- If you're interested in knowing more about how homeschooling is done in
the U.S., this is a good place to start. Lists websites, online discussion and support groups, and
more in an easy to view format.
On-line Booksellers. You probably have your own favorite online
bookseller. Here is our favorite U.S.-based website for dependability and fast delivery: http://www.amazon.com.
Japanese, Amazon.com Japan http://www.amazon.co.jp
and Sky Soft http://www.skysoft.co.jp/
sell English books.
Retail Stores. Foreign Buyers Club (FBC) http://220.127.116.11/public2/index.php3
is a mail-order American-style grocery store in Japan, which includes a
Bookstore section. Children's books, workbooks, videotapes and magazines are
featured. Bookstore Fiona http://www.fiona.co.jp,
is located in Jiyugaoka, a 5-min. walk from the Toyoko-line. The bookstore
specializes in English children's books and educational materials. The Homeschooling in Japan website
has many more retail store listings at: http://www2.gol.com/users/milkat/resources3.html#read
- International Schools Book Fairs and Flea Markets.
- American School in Japan (ASIJ). 1-1-1 Nomizu, Chofu, Tokyo.
- Sidewalk Sale- Sunday, May 21, 2000
- ASIJ hosts a sidewalk sale twice a year: on Sunday, May 21, and again
This is a garage sale for ASIJ faculty and staff, and many of them have
children who are clearing their bookshelves for a little extra spending money (yen10
- 200 per book).
- Holiday Happening. The first Saturday of December, the PTA hosts this festival,
which is open to the public. The Boy Scouts have a large
Used Book Sale at this event.
- American School in Japan Nursery-Kindergarten (ASIJ N-K). 15-5
Aobadai 2-chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3461-4523. Each
December the N-K holds a Bookfair featuring new books for younger children.
- Christian Academy in Japan Thrift Shop - mid-April
- 1-2-14 Shinkawa-cho, Higashi Kurume shi, Tokyo 203-0013. Tel:
This is a twice yearly event; in addition to the April Thrift Shop, there is
one held in mid-October as well. Reasonable prices on books, used clothes
- Tokyo Union Church Bazaar (Omotesando) - mid-March
- The annual bazaar was Thurs, March 16-17. There is a small number of books for sale there.
The Scholastic International Sales Representative in Japan is Keiko Niwano,
5-7-7 Kashiwa-cho, Shiki-shi, Saitama 353;
tel/fax: 048-474-2323;e-mail: email@example.com.
Book club kits for various grade levels contain approximately 30 order
forms, and are not intended for individual order. If you have an English
club or home study group that can consolidate orders, contact Reshma Pujabi
or Keiko Niwano to see about membership.
If you have a connection to a group which currently orders from Scholastic (such as
an international school), it may be worth the effort to ask if you can place
orders through them. Ordering (member) groups accumulate points based on sales that
go toward free books and prizes.
Here are some of the tips gathered from parents for the Book Report Workshop
on June 7, 2000:
Book Report Writing Tips from Frances
Reading and Writing Tips from Stacy
Reading and Writing Tips from Keiko (in Japanese)
Marie's Writing and Book Report Tips