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Librarian’s advice: we learn to cope with fears with kids, we go to a yacht club with teenagers.

On weekends, employees of Moscow libraries tell readers about children’s books that will be interesting to read with the whole family. Head of Library No.29 Lydia Derkunskaya recommends works by Kate DiCamillo, Daria Wardenburg and other authors.


Peter Rabbit and Friends by Beatrice Potter

The wonderful tales of the English writer Beatrice Potter have been read for over 100 years. The main character, Peter Rabbit, lives with his family under the roots of a large furry spruce. Like all children, he does not always listen to adults and because of this he gets into different stories. In the neighborhood with him live other cute animals – each with its own character and habits.

There is not much text here, which is very suitable for the little ones. And wonderful illustrations were created by Beatrice Potter herself – she was fond of drawing since childhood. There were always many animals in her house, and she made her first sketches looking at them.

“Tosya-Bosya and Darkness” by Lina Zhutaute

The main character of the work, the funny girl Tosyu-Bosya, is adored by kids. The book was also appreciated by adult experts in the field of children’s literature: in 2010 it took first place in Latvia among books for the smallest.

In Tose-Bose, many recognize themselves: she is very afraid of the Darkness, which is just waiting for the right moment to crawl out of all corners and start frightening. But one day she catches the girl’s eye during the day, and it turns out that everything is not so scary.

I highly recommend this book: it is written with humor, great for family reading, and most importantly, with its help you can overcome fears, become more courageous.

Older guys

“Owl Wolf” by Anastasia Strokina

In this unusually cozy fairy tale, we are talking about an ordinary girl and her not quite ordinary friend – the imaginary owl wolf Bubo. Heroes teach children friendship, responsibility, understanding of all that is beautiful around us. Adults will also be interested – I’m sure you will learn a lot about the harsh, but very picturesque North.

Anastasia Strokina – winner of the New Children’s Book competition, winner of the Kniguru prize, finalist of the V.P. Krapivina, poet and translator. Her childhood was spent in the places mentioned in the book – in the village of Luostari, Murmansk region.

“The Adventures of Despereaux Mouse” by Kate DiCamillo

The book “The Adventures of Despereaux Mouse” was written by the modern American writer Keith DiCamillo. I really like this work, it captivates from the first lines: “This fairy tale began like this: behind the thick, strong walls of the castle, a mouse was born …”

Before the children, an amazing story unfolds of little Despereaux, who loves to read, sing, and is not yet afraid of cats. This is not the only thing that distinguishes Despereaux from other mice: he has huge ears that everyone around makes fun of, and the soul of a real noble knight. Exciting adventures await the unusual mouse, of course, and he will pass all the tests with honor.


“Rule 69 for the Fat Seagull” by Daria Wardenburg

The book is about the difficult time of growing up and self-determination in the big world, about how important it is to have close people and reliable friends nearby. The main character, a 13-year-old boy, Jacob, has a dream – to travel around the world on a yacht.

Learning that the city yacht club has announced the recruitment of students, Jacob comes to class. There he meets the girl Toha, Mitrofan and Timur. He will not only have to learn to operate yachts, but also to establish relationships with new friends. It won’t be easy – Jacob stutters and is also overweight.

With the heroes of the book, you will experience both funny and sad moments. By the end, the characters will seem familiar and close people for a long time, you won’t want to say goodbye to them.

Daria Wardenburg is a journalist, writer, and children’s book reviewer. For the “Rule 69 for the Fat Seagull” in 2017 she received the V.P. Krapivina. Like Jacob, Daria is engaged in sailing, sailing and racing.

“Island on Bird Street” by Uri Orlev

This book tells about the events in Poland during the Second World War. 11-year-old boy Alex and his dad survive as best they can, remembering the wonderful pre-war past. One day, Alex’s life changes dramatically, and he has to hide alone in the ruins of a house.

The author – Israeli writer Uri Orlev, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, says that even in war, children remain children. When the war began, he himself was only 10 years old. The amazing story he created teaches faith, loyalty and endurance. After reading, you and your children will definitely have material for discussion.

More great books, verified by readers of children’s libraries and their staff, – in the rubric Librarian Tips.

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

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