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UMass Amherst Libraries

Japanese Reading Ladders - Picture Books for Adults


This Reading Ladder includes picture books as well as illustrated books that were written for adults or include adult themes. Some of the books were meant for children but can be enjoyed by adults, too. Use this Reading Ladder to find books with darker themes such as horror and war, and also to find books on other subjects like history and important life lessons.


This guide is one of several compiled by Eva Olson during her summer 2017 internship in the East Asian Collection. Eva is in the Book Studies concentration at Smith College and studying Japanese.

Eva Japanese Reading Ladders