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I like to read children literature in foreign languages I am learning. I usually do not have troubles picking them in european language, but I would need recommendation for Japanese.

I would like a book

  • with a small vocabulary (and eventually a glossary)

  • explaining tales of ancient Japan or little zen stories or a few proverbs.

  • easy to read aloud (with an audio CD would be perfect)

  • a series of self-contained short stories instead of a longer one.

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Awesome question! +1 despite likely being considered off-topic by some, because I think this is very useful information -- and I can sympathize, as I've had trouble answering this same question myself in the past. –  rintaun Jul 3 '11 at 12:23
    
topicness aside, it is not really a question (in that there is no single objective answer)... But does make a good Community Wiki! Updated accordingly. –  Dave Jul 3 '11 at 16:02

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Check out some graded readers. They're perfect for everything you've asked for, and sorted by reading ability so you can some that are perfect.

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Thanks they even have a Level 0! –  ogerard Jul 3 '11 at 20:23

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