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How Was the Beloved Character of Kuma-Kuma Chan Born?

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  “I used to be a designer at a stationery manufacturer. One day I drew a little bear and put it on letterhead. Although the letterhead didn’t sell well, my bear lived happily on in my heart. In 2001, I named him Kuma-Kuma Chan, and wrote about him. As time passed I forgot about him. When I thought about him ... Read More »

TATSUYA MIYANISHI KINOKUNIYA TOUR!

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DINOSAURS AND LOVE: TATSUYA MIYANISHI’S FIRST APPEARANCE IN US Tatsuya Miyanishi, acclaimed Japanese author and illustrator visited the US for the first time in October 2017. Miyanishi is the creator of the Tyrannosaurus children’s books, a bestselling series of 13 titles with international sales in excess of 2 million copies. Since 2015 four of the books have been published in ... Read More »

Gon, the Little Fox named 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book

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Gon, the Little Fox (written by Nankichi Niimi, illustrated by Genjirou Mita, translated by Mariko Shii Gharbi) has been selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list. Gon makes the list for Grades 3-5 along with 8 other outstanding books. The list has been compiled for more than a decade by the United States Board on Books for ... Read More »

The Tyrannosaurus has Arrived! ROARRRRR!

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One of the most popular children’s books from Japan, You Look Yummy!, is the first book in our Tyrannosaurus series that has sold more than 3 million copies in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and France. Author/artist Tatsuya Miyanishi highlights the importance of the love between father and son by showing that bonds can grow just as strong, even in a ... Read More »

School Library Journal Riviewed Gon and Pakkun

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School Library Journal published a great review of both Gon, the Little Fox and Pakkun the Wolf and His Dinosaur Friends! Gon, the Little Fox K-Gr 2—This retelling of a Japanese folktale, with exquisite watercolor illustrations by Mita, was first published in 1969. Gon, a mischief-loving little fox, spends his days spying on the villagers who live near his forest ... Read More »

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