Japanese Graded Readers

Enjoy reading Japanese without a dictionary

Graded readers are books suitable for people who want to learn a language. They use a limited set of grammatical rules and vocabulary. Studies have shown that people who read graded readers improve their reading skills but also other aspects of language learning.

Why use Japanese Graded Readers?

There are many advantages to reading graded readers to practice your Japanese. We have listed several of them below.

Learn new vocabulary

Reading graded readers will allow you to learn vocabulary faster. The repetition of the new vocabulary words allows you to deduce the meaning of these words with the context.

Improve grammar

By integrating new grammatical concepts sparingly, graded readers are a perfect tool for discovering new grammar rules. It helps readers build up to native-level materials.

Audio narration

Some series use native-Japanese voice talents to make the story memorable while demonstrating proper pronunciation.

Contextual illustrations

New vocabulary and difficult concepts are illustrated with artworks. These illustrations help the reader understand what he reads without having to use a dictionary.

Many other benefits

They improve reading speed, reading fluency, help develop and enrich already known vocabulary, and improve the ability to move from working with words to working with ideas when reading.

Japanese Graded Readers app
by White Rabbit Press

Thanks to White Rabbit Press, you can now read your Japanese graded readers on-the-go. The new White Rabbit app allows you to read graded readers on your mobile or tablet. It is available for Android and iOS.

Graded readers series in Japanese

There are several collections of graded readers in Japanese. They all offer several levels suitable for beginners and people with intermediate level in Japanese. These books will accompany you throughout your Japanese learning and will allow you to progress more quickly.

Japanese Graded Readers by ASK

ASK's Japanese Graded Readers series is the most comprehensive on the market. You will find 15 volumes divided into 5 levels.

Stories You Can Read Smoothly

The Ikki Ni Yomeru book series features stories written in Japanese designed to be read smoothly in 10 minutes. These books are unique in that each contains a collection of both old and modern tales, many penned by major contemporary authors in Japan.

Nihongo Tadoku

Reading can be tough if you are a Japanese language learner and only know a limited set of grammar. There is just too much yet to learn to be able to read a text fluently. Or is there? Not if you use Nihongo Tadoku Books are graded readers made for Japanese language students.

Readers reviews

“These stories are easy to read, interesting and will help boost your comprehension of written Japanese. Some are fairy tales, others give you snippets of Japanese culture.”


“These stories are great to enlarge your vocabulary e.g. for JLPT N4 preparation. Thanks to furigana, they are easy to read and the length of each story is well adapted.”


“The books are very entertaining, informative and reinforce your learning of new vocabulary. Since I love to read, they are a welcome diversion to the other methods of studying.”


“One of the hardest things about learning Japanese at times is finding level-appropriate material to study. If it's too hard and you get discouraged and if it's too easy you don't gain much from it. The graded readers series makes it easy to pick some reading material which is much more tailored to what a learner needs, particularly when studying for the JLPT.”