Tag Archive | children’s books

Featured Exhibit Item of the Month [July]

The Prange Collection exhibit, “Crossing the Divide: An American Dream Made in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952,” will be on display in the Maryland Room Gallery, Hornbake Library North, University of Maryland through July 2019.  Each month, we will feature one or two items from the exhibit.  For other Featured Exhibit Items of the Month, please visit here.  Our […]

Furuhashi Hironoshin – the Flying Fish of Fujiyama

Furuhashi Hironoshin (1928-2009), known as “the Flying Fish of Fujiyama,” was a Japanese freestyle swimmer.  He set a world record at the 1949 U.S. National Championships of Aquatics held in Los Angeles.   His achievement was a sense of pride for a nation still recovering from the defeat in World War II and signified Japan’s […]

National Coloring Book Day (August 2)

August 2 is National Coloring Book Day!  The coloring books in the Prange Children’s Book Collection reflect the influence of the Allied Occupation, with many images of Jeeps and children studying English together.  The coloring books have been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection.  Full text is only available on […]

Constitution: Children’s Books and Magazines

This is the second in a series on the Japanese Constitution of 1947.  See also the Constitution Series.  The Constitution took effect on May 3, 1947 and is still in effect today.  As we approach the 70th anniversary of its enactment, we’ll share with you materials from the Prange Collection related to the drafting of […]

100th Anniversary of Natsume Soseki’s Death

Today, December 9, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of Natsume Soseki’s death. There are 74 books by and about Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) in the Prange Collection — three of which are children’s books about Soseki.  The children’s books have been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection.  Full-text access to the […]

Featured Publication: “Publications for Children Under the Occupation of Japan and GHQ’s Censorship [Kyodo Bunkasha: June 2016]

Eiko, Tani. Senryōka no jidō shuppanbutsu to jīeichikyū no ken’etsu : gōdon daburyū purange bunko ni saguru/占領下の児童出版物とGHQの検閱 : ゴードンW.プランゲ文庫に探る. Kyōdō Bunkasha, 2016.  This book illuminates the ways in which GHQ/SCAP censored children’s publications issued during the Allied Occupation of Japan, including books, magazines, newspapers, kamishibai and more. This research reveals that, at a minimum, a […]

120th Anniversary of Miyazawa Kenji’s Birth

Today, August 27, 2016, marks the 120th anniversary of Miyazawa Kenji’s birth. There are 23 children’s books and 9 general books by and about Miyazawa Kenji in the Prange Collection.   Five of them were censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).  The following actions were taken: A portion of the essay “Ari to kinoko,” […]


In an earlier post on the John R. Harold Papers, we highlighted a unique item — a kamishibai that was used for instruction on labor practices.  Kamishibai, a portable wooden “theatre” through which graphic panels were slipped to tell a story, were traditionally used by storytellers on the street to entertain children.  There are 22 […]

Japanese flag illustrations censored

The use of the Japanese flag (the Hinomaru) was restricted, though not outright banned, during the Occupation.  To the Allied Forces, it was a symbol of Japanese nationalism and a reminder of Japan’s aggression during World War II. It is not surprising, then, that the flag was deleted from several Prange Collection children’s books.  Below […]

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 […]