Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo

Today I would like to introduce one of my favorite books, “Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo” (I’m Right Beside You). This heartwarming picture book is a wonderful story about the importance of friendship and compassion.

¥1,540 (2024/03/24 23:23時点 | Amazon調べ)

Basic Information

  • Title: Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo
  • Author: Saeko Inui
  • Illustrator: Saeko Inui
  • Year of Publication: 2023
  • Publisher: Pai International
  • Age range: From upper elementary school


“Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo” is a picture book set in a forest where small animals live. At night, many voices can be heard talking in the forest. This is because the animals want to see each other and hear each other’s gentle voices. Under the moonlight, the animals begin a heart-to-heart chat. Under the moon, the animals begin to talk to each other. Even if things don’t go well, I love you. Such kind words are exchanged.


The best feature of this picture book is its warm pictures and messages. It is full of words that gently touch the hearts of readers and give them courage even when they are feeling discouraged. The book also depicts the phases of the moon over a period of about 30 days, from new moon to full moon and back to waning moon, allowing the reader to experience the wonder and beauty of nature together.

Discover and Learn

What we can learn from this picture book is the importance of friendship and compassion. The way the animals lean on each other and encourage each other conveys how important the power of words and the connection of hearts are. Also, through the phases of the moon, it provides an opportunity to think about the rhythms of nature and the flow of time.

Recommended Readers

It is especially recommended for children in the upper grades of elementary school. It will be a good opportunity to think about friendship, compassion, and nature. Adults can also read this picture book and be touched by its heartwarming message, reminding them of the important things they need to do to get away from the busyness of everyday life for a while.


“Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo” is a picture book with a message that is close to the heart and beautiful pictures. The kind words of the animals give courage and warmth to the reader. It will encourage readers to think anew about friendship, compassion, and the beauty of nature. This is a heartwarming book for upper elementary school children as well as adults to read together.


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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