For those of you who are new to Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye), this form of storytelling originated in Japan. Most Kamishibai stories consist of 12 or 16 large (15" x 10.5") sturdy, beautifully illustrated cards. On the back is the English translation of the text, with the original Japanese beside it.

Each story, in dramatic dialogue, form, engages and holds the interest of emergent, developing, and fluent readers.  Because of their generous size, Kamishibai can be used easily with both small and large groups as well as with an individual child.

There are more than 20 selections. Each selection comes with a Teacher's Guide and with directions on how to use Kamishibai. The themes in Kamishibai stories provide a basis for developing writing skills at all levels; children can create Kamishibai on any topic.

First grade children absorbed in a Kamishibai story

 
   

Fifth graders collaborating on writing and illustrating their own Kamishibai story.

Sharing their Kamishibai with others

 

 
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