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Librarian advice. With kids we learn to get out of confusing situations, and with teenagers we discuss how it is to feel like growing up.

On weekends, employees of Moscow libraries tell readers about interesting children’s books that will appeal not only to kids, older children and teenagers, but also to their mums and dads. Director of the library-reading room named after A.S. Pushkin’s Tatyana Kalashnikova chose funny fairy tales, an informative book about the history of books and stories about summer adventures.


“Why and Potomukhlya” by Yulia Ivanova

If your kids are real why, then they will certainly be interested in the funny adventures of unusual heroes of a good fairy tale, which was written by the modern Russian writer Yulia Ivanova. The grunt spider Pochemul and the laughing fly Potomukhlya manage to literally get stuck in all sorts of troubles and dangers – they either fall to the bottom of a deep glass of soda, or into a puddle of condensed milk. And also add to this the intrigues of the chameleon monster and much, much more. It will not be boring!

The book is great for kids: small text, large print. Convenient for reading together with the child, and for the first independent acquaintance of the child with the book. Another advantage is bright and cozy pictures of the famous artist Natalia Kondratova.

The tale is very funny and witty, and, I think, after reading the parents on the hundredth, asked for the day, the question “why?” will answer, like this spider: “And then the hell!”

Julia Donaldson’s “Resourceful Nelly”

Even for preschoolers, I advise you to read the story of the resourceful and quick-witted dog Nellie from the English writer Julia Donaldson, who is loved by many, and the author of Gruffalo’s Daughter, Chelovetkin and other children’s books.

“Resourceful Nelly” is a fervently poetic warning about what love for books can bring a person. Following the fast-footed main character, we rush to track down the unlucky thief of children’s books, in a swift pursuit we jump from page to page and on the way we have time to notice arrogant squirrels in the park, and penguins – pizza lovers, and prancing rabbits in the field. Of course, Nelly will find the culprit and return all the books back to the library. I will also add that the light style of the story is very well perceived by young readers.

Older guys

“Where books live. Library Tales “by Olga Orlova

For those who study in elementary school, I advise you to pay attention to travel stories through the history of books and libraries. The author of this book, Olga Orlova, is a real librarian, and even with great experience.

The main character is also a librarian. With the help of a little magic, this cute and energetic grandmother transports her inquisitive grandchildren to different eras, where they see with their own eyes how information carriers are stored and change over time. Little travelers will learn that in the history of reading rooms remained an unsolved mystery, and what can be touched today. Together with their grandmother, they will also try to make papyrus, birch bark and even paper according to a special recipe.

In addition to the exciting plot, the advantages of the book are its cognitive nature: the edition is supplied with very useful footnotes explaining unfamiliar terms, revealing the essence of the “book” professions and telling about the work of libraries. And the author has supplemented the narration with “craftsmen” and recipes, which turned the book into an entertaining manual.

“Russian folk riddles in pictures”

I warn you: leafing through this book, you need to turn on your imagination, use logical thinking, memory, attention, and also use a rare childish quality – perseverance! The bright and colorful cover contains the best folk riddles from the collection of the famous Russian folklorist and ethnographer Dmitry Sadovnikov. And Zina Surova, an illustrator and laureate of many Russian book competitions, perfectly managed to combine the principles of folk art and her own recognizable style.

The book literally attracts the attention of children and adults with an interesting design. Surova created an original design for each spread, which made it possible to hide the answers from the eyes of young readers. This turns the collection into an interactive toy. Funny and witty riddles train logical thinking, and searching for not the most obvious clues helps to learn to think creatively.


“There were slansky and fables” by Igor Malyshev

I would very much like to recommend to teenagers and their parents a collection of stories “Slansky were and fables” by Igor Malyshev – finalist of the “Big Book”, “Russian Booker”, “Yasnaya Polyana” awards. This is a great opportunity for moms and dads to remember their carefree Soviet childhood and vacations in the countryside.

Truth and fiction are surprisingly intertwined in stories told from the perspective of a teenage boy: honey rains fall in his fantasy reality, the roosters of the dawn carry the sun across the sky, the pond moves to another place on its own, and time has the ability to stop.

The book is worth reading at least in order to enjoy the beautiful language – incredibly poetic, imaginative, ironic. And the unconditional pluses of the collection include illustrations by the artist Viktor Chuguevsky, known for his work on the cartoons “The Tale of a Stupid Husband”, “Ignatka”, “Prince Vladimir” and others. The whole family will be interested in looking at monochrome drawings, reminiscent of yellowed photographs from a family album.

“My Amazing (And Very Weird) Week With Tess” by Anna Woltz

First of all, I suggest reading this book by Anna Woltz to those who are well versed in zebra fish, play the trumpet professionally and are fond of wood carving – perhaps, the events described will not seem at least a little strange to you. But in general, of course, many teenagers will like the story: summer, sea and sun, new friends and mysterious strangers, pleasant discoveries and accidents are hidden under the cover.

Indeed, “summer is a small life.” And the main characters of the book, 10-year-old Samuel and 11-year-old Tess, manage to go through a whole string of important events in one summer week, which will leave their imprint on a lifetime. I will not disclose all the details of their adventures, I will only say that you will not soon forget them. This book is especially useful for adolescents – they are just embarking on the path of growing up, determining for themselves the framework of personal freedom and responsibility for their actions. And the heroes, even if they are a little younger than them, will help them understand themselves.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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