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Censored Children’s Books

Children’s books were also censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).   Although a majority of the censored children’s books are story books (yomimono), a handful of picture books (ehon) and comics (manga) were also censored. Unlike the Prange magazines and newspapers, there is little censorship documentation about the books.  One can only speculate why censorship action was taken.

Below are some examples of censored children’s books. For two of the titles, we have included the galley proof and the published version.

Currently, 43 censored children’s books are  available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection. They can be located by doing an Advanced Search and selecting Censorship Action, “Yes”.

Please note that due to copyright restrictions, full-text access is limited to the University of Maryland, College Park campus or onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan.  Bibliographic information for each book, as well as a thumbnail of the cover, is available online.


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