A fox and a racoon in Japanese-language and English-language picture books 

Fact finding  Hello minna san,   Let’s resume our research activities. As I mentioned in the previous entry, starting research with a vague idea is not a good approach to writing. To produce quality writing, one must refine the idea until it shines. One effective method is to validate all my observations through actual browsing, ... Read More

Research Project in Children’s Literature Studies 

From Start to Finish  Dear readers,  Today, I invite you to embark on a journey with me—a journey that will take us from the inception to the completion of a research project. We will explore the essential steps and procedures involved in academic writing. This idea recently came to me, and I am delighted to ... Read More

Picture books for 0-years-old

An insight from a Japanese researcher In this entry, I’ll resort to a viewpoint expressed by Toshiyuki Shiomi, a Japanese author of pediatric literature. The field of psychology dedicated to the study of infants, specifically those aged 0 to 1, has only recently emerged as a topic of research. This is due to the fact ... Read More

A Research Field Was Born

Today (Aug 26th) marks the birthday of Children’s Literature Translation Studies as a field, which was established in 1976 at the 3rd Congress of IRCL, titled “Problems of Translation in the Field of Literature for Children and Young People.” At the congress, Children’s Literature scholars and translators gathered in Sweden and agreed on the importance ... Read More

Children and other talking animals

Picture books and books intended for two- to three-year-olds often use talking animals as a way to show children agency and explain the transition from animal-like existence to that of a talking little human. In books for children aged one to three, animal characters take on human roles and behaviors such as talking, cooking and ... Read More