Really weird question but I’m looking to see if anyone can tell me where I might find a list of these books (so I can look up the names or the isbn for this type instead of the non furigana ones) or if there is anything I can search for in particular to make them come up on Amazon? (It’s my go to for buying books because it’s easiest and cheapest for me currently).
Books like this🔽
I’ve managed to find a few by pure fluke but I’d like to get more for reading to help with my recollection of readings without looking things up if I can help it. I found this helped when reading the ミラーさん novels and the Read Real Japanese books but most of my other books do not have this. I am starting to slowly recognize readings for furigana less kanji but I’d like to try to speed this up if possible so I can work on meanings in context instead of trying to focus on the readings to sound things out.
Try searching for 角川つばさ文庫 on Amazon.
You can browse the full catalog here: https://tsubasabunko.jp
Amazon links are provided when you view a particular book, just scroll down til you see the logo.
If you are looking for books with furigana, there are other imprints as well, such as 青い鳥文庫, みらい文庫, 小学館ジュニア文庫 and ポケット文庫 [which seems to have been changed into キミノベル]. Others probably also exist.
Yeah pretty much snipped while I was writing those too
This might seem like a stupid question, but what’s the difference between the orange, green and blue levels?
They’re all pretty similar being simplified versions of regular books with furigana and stuff for younger kids. The difference seems to be the publishing company.
Thanks, I wasn’t sure if it was level, genre or something else.
Pretty much. Like you can buy books from Kadokawa, Kodansha, and such.
It’s their “junior” brand of each.
At least some of them (most of them?) are original books aimed at the younger age group, rather than being simplified versions of books for older readers, I think.
Within the imprints you have different levels - but I find them more difficult to figure out online. On the printed books, it’s easy to locate them on the back.
I found this page on the Aoitori Bunko site that lists a bunch of books they have based on what grade level the recommend it for.
Yes, but what I meant was, when I see one of those books on amazon, I don’t have any idea what level it’s supposed to be, unless I read the sample. On the physical books, it’s clearly visible and it immediately tells you, what size the font will be in, whether to expect more or less kanji, how simple/complex the story will be, … I find that really valuable information.
Can you show me an example, please?
The ones I’ve got seem to have feathers on the spine, either 2 or 3 but I don’t know if that’s to show the level or not.
They have it on the back as well, here’s what it looks like on my Tsubasa Bunko version of Your Name.
Cool, so I’m assuming the less feathers the easier it is to read?
Of the 4 I’ve got, 3 have 3 feathers and one has 2 feathers and I think it would be the easier of the 4.
Yes and no. Easier for a native speaker. Lower levels use fewer kanji in larger font and with a less complex story (as afar as I have found). However, for a learner, fewer kanji can actually be trickier and less complex stories can be boring. Personally, I’d recommend skipping the lowest level.
(Sidenote: Tsubasa uses feathers, but also usually they have 小学初級(1-2)/中級(3-4)/上級(5-6)から written which all the other imprints seem to use as well.)
Is this like the numbers at the top of the spines below?
The grade levels are listed on the back of the book to the right of the feathers; in slidevore’s post above you’ll see it circled.
As for those letters and numbers at the top of the spine, I’ve always assumed those were for shelf sorting purposes – would love for someone to confirm because I’ve wondered about it for a long time.