Publishing situation of children's books in Japan from the perspective of the International Library of Children's Literature's collection

As a dedicated children's library that forms part of the National Diet Library (NDL), the International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) maintains a comprehensive collection of children's materials such as books, magazines, study-aid books, and DVDs and CD-ROMs for children (defined as materials intended primarily for users aged up to 18 years) published in Japan, based on the legal deposit system, under which publishers are required by law to furnish a copy of every new publication to the NDL. This webpage introduces the publishing situation of children's books.

Children's books published in 2019

The total results of children's books published in 2019 in Japan among the ILCL's books by field based on the National Diet Library Classification (NDLC) are as follows (as of August 1st, 2021).

This is a pie chart that shows which fields children's books were published for 2019. The number of titles by field and breakdown are as follows.
Field Number of Titles Breakdown
Politics. Economics. Industries. Social affairs (Y1) 448 7%
History. Geography. Manners and customs (Y2) 287 5%
Biography (Y3) 182 3%
Education. Culture. Religion. Morals (Y5) 451 8%
Art. Music. Motion pictures(Y6) 334 6%
Literature. Language (Y7, Y8, Y9) 1,352 22%
Translations (Y9 only) (201) -
Science. Technology (Y11) 765 13%
Sports. Games (Y12) 327 5%
Dictionary. Almanac. Illustrated reference book (Y13) *1 0 0%
Series. Collected works. Other (Y14, Y15) 0 0%
Comic book (Y16) 142 2%
Picture book (Y17, Y18) *2 1,737 29%
Translations in the above field (Y18 only) (338) -
Total 6,025 -

*1 Y13 includes books with general subjects. The dictionaries and illustrated reference books related to specific subjects such as science and technology are classified into each subject.

*2 Y17 and Y18 include picture books with general subjects. Picture books on specific subjects such as science and technology are classified into each subject.

Children's books published in 2016-2018

The number of titles by field of children's books published in 2016-2018

Field Number of titles
2016
(as of 8.1.2018)
2017
(as of 8.1.2019)
2018
(as of 8.1.2020)
Politics. Economics. Industries. Social affairs (Y1) 518 484 459
History. Geography. Manners and customs (Y2) 339 247 349
Biography (Y3) 178 179 223
Education. Culture. Religion. Morals (Y5) 484 445 458
Art. Music. Motion Pictures (Y6) 372 410 359
Literature. Language (Y7, Y8, Y9) 1,389 1,258 1,464
Translated books in the above field (Y9 only) (259) (202) (206)
Science. Technology (Y11) 702 761 770
Sports. Games (Y12) 313 331 363
Dictionary. Almanac. Illustrated reference book (Y13) *1 2 7 0
Series. Collected works. Other (Y14, Y15) 0 0 0
Comic book. (Y16) 184 144 142
Picture book (Y17, Y18) *2 1,425 1,496 1,640
Translations in the above field (Y18 only) (342) (313) (346)
Total 5,906 5,762 6,277

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