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Books for Ages

Books for Ages

Books for Ages

Books for Ages

Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (ages 0 - 4)

Reading to children is foundational to their later reading success. 

Books for Kindergarten and Early Elementary (ages 5 - 8)

Children learn to read beginning reader books with phonics, sight words, and predictable text then continue to grow as readers by reading engaging books at the each next just-right level for them. 

Keep in mind that the goal is reading and improving reading skills, not reading fancy literature. This might look like reading books you don’t personally love. Let that go for now and remember that as a child grows, they won’t read those books forever.

I highly recommend giving children a choice of books — even if you pick the choices for them to choose from. It’s highly motivating for kids to choose their own books.

Also, try to find books about topics or in genres in which children are interested. 

Encourage a mix of audiobooks, graphic novels, nonfiction, picture books, and chapter books. 

Continue reading aloud to your kids– it’s a wonderful, enriching way to bond and to grow children in their literacy skills.  

Age 5 Books

Age 6 Books

Age 7 Books

Age 8 Books

Books for Upper Elementary and Middle School (ages 9 - 12)

Discover the best middle grade chapter books for children ages 9 to 12. 

Just like at earlier ages, try to find books that interest each child, boy or girl, by theme, topic, or genre. 

Once your readers love to read for pleasure, encourage them to broaden the books that they’re reading with new topics and genres.

There are a wide variety of recommended books with reviews including the newest, best chapter books on the market.

You’ll also notice that I’ve indicated the genres for each book such as fantasy, mystery, science-fiction, and realistic as well as an indication if the book is part of a series.

Happy reading!

Age 9 Books

Age 10 Books

Age 11 Books

Age 12 Books

Books for Teens (ages 13+)

While I don’t review as many books for teens as for other ages, these book lists should give you appropriate books for your readers, including advanced younger readers.

My reviews indicate if there is any questionable or mature content.

Here’s one thing I know, by high school, kids have so much required reading that it’s often very difficult to get them reading independently. 

Give them books, access to audiobooks, and help them find time to read. Even if it’s only on vacation days.  

Keep trying! 

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Top 100 New Books for Children and Teenagers

Beautifully designed children's books for every taste are littered with bookshelves. But to find a book in this stream that will really interest a child - it doesn’t matter if it’s a kindergartener or a teenager - is an almost impossible task. You can rely on luck and try to look for a needle in a haystack. But it is better to use our recommendations. Mel publishes a list of the 100 best new books for children aged 1 to 17, which was presented by the Gaidar Children's Library.

The Moscow City Children's Library named after Arkady Gaidar has released its annual catalog "The 100 Best New Books for Children and Teenagers 2016". Library staff, together with experts from the Samokat and Grand Fair publishing houses, selected the highest quality new book releases - reprints and brand new works - to guide parents on the literature market. Among them are collections of poems, comic books, artistic and educational works by Russian and foreign authors. Mel studied this catalog, divided it into age categories, supplemented it with information from online bookstores, and presents it to its readers.

Age: 1-6 years old

1. Shel Silverstein. Generous tree. Melik-Pashayev Publishing House

Once upon a time there lived a boy. Every day he came to play in the meadow where a wild apple tree grew. The boy climbed up its trunk, swayed on the branches and ate its fruits. The apple tree gave the boy everything he needed to be happy. But time passed, the boy grew up, and for happiness he needed much more: money, his own house, a solid boat ... And the apple tree gave itself all without a trace, if only the boy would fulfill his dreams and be happy.

This bright parable about true love that demands nothing in return was first published in 1964 and has been traveling the world for half a century. The book has long been in the world bestseller ratings, has been translated into more than 30 languages, and its total circulation over the years has exceeded eight million copies.

Shel Silverstein was a versatile man: musician, artist, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and poet. His musical compositions have received Grammy awards and Oscar nominations for Best Score. But Silverstein became world famous primarily for his children's books, which he himself illustrated.

2. Yuriy Koval. Collection of poems "How many crocodiles you want." Samokat Publishing House

3. Vadim Levin. Poems with mustard. Samokat Publishing House

4. Marina Boroditskaya. Collection of poems "Maykin's book". Clever Media Group Publishing House

5. Anastasia Orlova. This is a truck and this is a trailer. Rosmen Publishing House

6. Christina Andres. How to tame wolves. Rare Bird Publishing House

7. Rafik Shami, Catherine Scherer. Mouse fears. Rare Bird Publishing House

8. Lorenz Pauli. Only all together. Rare Bird Publishing House

9. Brigitte Endres, Joel Turlogna. Listen, I'm here! The story of a little chameleon. Enas-kniga publishing house

10. Bulat Okudzhava. Fairy tale-parable "Charming adventures". Vremya Publishing House

These were letters to my son, then a four-year-old boy, written in large letters, with funny pictures. Okudzhava sent them from Yalta so that his son would not be sad in separation. Once these letters were seen by the poetess Bella Akhmadulina. “Yes, this is a finished book!” she exclaimed. On her advice, Okudzhava combined all the letters into a fairy tale. It was almost immediately translated into several languages ​​and published in the Czech Republic, Poland, Georgia, Israel, and Japan. So the heroes of the philosophical fairy tale-parable "Charming Adventures" in many countries are known as well as "The Little Prince" or "The Seagull named Jonathan Livingston".

The book was published twice in Russian, both times with illustrations by the author. It sold out very quickly and became almost a museum rarity - only a few copies are kept in the Bulat Okudzhava house-museum in Peredelkino. But now the "Charming Adventures" begins a new life. The fairy tale was designed by the artist Evgeny Antonenkov.

11. Robert McCloskey. Blueberries for Sasha. Pink Giraffe Publishing House

12. Torben Kuhlmann. "Lindberg. The Incredible Adventures of the Flying Mouse. Polyandria Publishing House

13. Josef Capek. Adventures of Dog and Kitty. Azbuka Publishing House

14. Nastya Kovalenkova. A drop. Art-Volkhonka Publishing House

15. Evgeny Anisimov, Nikita Andreev. From mast to keel. DETGIZ Publishing House

16. Helia Pevzner, Maria Maramzina. Jam Nostradamus. Art-Volkhonka Publishing House

17. Nina Dashevskaya. Willy. CompassGuide Publishing House

18. Anastasia Orlova. Collection of poems "We are sailing on a boat" . Publishing House "Children's Time"

19. Airat Bagautdinov. What Shukhov came up with. Art Volkhonka Publishing House

20. Ilya Kolmanovsky. Why don't birds fall? Pink Giraffe Publishing House

The author of the well-loved Pocket Scientist podcasts, biologist, journalist and head of the biological laboratory of the Polytechnic Museum has written a funny and very interesting children's encyclopedia. There are no complicated terms and long articles here. The text is divided into small chapters, and even a novice reader can master each.

21. Alexander Blinov. Stories of a fat boy. Art-Volkhonka Publishing House

22. William McCleary. A story about a wolf. Career Press

23. Kate DiCamillo. Flora and Odysseus. Brilliant adventure." Makhaon Publishing House

24. Anastasia Strokina. The whale is sailing north. CompassGuide Publishing House

25. Thornton Burgess "Mother West Wind". Career Press

26. Joyce Seedman. Living spirals. Publishing house "Career Press"

27. Petr Bagin. Picture book "In the forest". Melik-Pashayev Publishing House

28. Alan Serr. I have the right to be a child. Samokat Publishing House

Age: 6-12 years old

29. William Grill. “Lost in the ice. Shackleton Expedition. Mann, Ivanov & Ferber

At the end of the "golden age of polar exploration", British explorer Ernest Shackleton embarked on a long-distance expedition to cross the frozen heart of Antarctica. But his plans did not come true. The ship "Endurance", having approached the mainland, was tightly locked in ice and sank. Left without a ship, thousands of miles from home, the team made a desperate attempt to escape and set off across the Antarctic ice in search of help.

The true story of Shackleton's heroic expedition entered the history of polar exploration as an example of the courage and endurance of people who managed to survive in extreme conditions.

British artist William Grill retells the story to the children, embellishing it with stunning illustrations that recreate the smallest details of the expedition with documentary accuracy.

30. Elsie Homeland Minarik. Cycle of stories "Bear cub". Pink Giraffe Publishing House

31. Bjorn Ousland. "Nansen. Through Greenland" and other books in the "Great Expeditions" series. Paulsen Publishing

32. Ted Hughes. Iron Man. Career Press Publishing House

33. Maria Gripe. Fairy tale "Children of the glassblower". White Crow Publishing House

34. Radiy Pogodin. Fairy tale "Tournament in the Kingdom of Fiofigas". Samokat Publishing House

35. Roald Dahl. The story "Piglets". Samokat Publishing House

36. Jan Grabowski. The story "Tuzik, Red and guests". Melik-Pashaev Publishing House

37. Angie Trius, Mark Doran. “Animals are doctors. How animals heal each other. Mann, Ivanov and Ferber Publishing House

38. Daniel Nassar. Animal architects. How animals build their homes. Mann, Ivanov and Ferber Publishing House

39. Vladimir Babenko. Crow and her relatives. Rare Bird Publishing House

40. Oleg Bundur. "Towards the polar bear." Rosmen Publishing House

How many of us have been to the North Pole, seen polar bears walking on huge ice floes? And who rode a real nuclear icebreaker? The author of the book "Meet the White Bear" Oleg Bundur succeeded. On the icebreaker "50 Years of Victory" he traveled across the Arctic Ocean to the very Pole and back. And he wrote a book to tell the children about all the amazing things he saw. In a simple and understandable language, the author talks about polar bears, seals and northern birds, about parallels and meridians, about orders on a ship, and even explains the design of an atomic engine.

41. Ulf Svedberg, Lena Anderson. "All year round". White Crow Publishing House

42. Olga Dvornyakova. Snowflake book. Nastya and Nikita Publishing House

43. Owen Davey. Crazy about monkeys. Mann, Ivanov and Ferber Publishing House

44. Thorstein Hellewe, Esther van Hülsen. "Ida. A look from the past". Walk to History Publishing House

45. Martin Sodomka. Books in the "Technical Tales" series: "How to assemble a motorcycle", "How to assemble a car", "How to assemble an airplane". Mann, Ivanov and Ferber Publishing House

46. Alexander Tkachenko. And we have running water. Nastya and Nikita Publishing House

47. Natalia Sapunkova. "Incarnation of Time". Nastya and Nikita Publishing House

48. Anke Ber. Endres, son of a merchant. From the life of a medieval city. Walking into History Publishing House

49. Katherine Timmesch. Designed by girls. Stories about outstanding inventors. Mann, Ivanov and Ferber

50. Alexey Oleinikov. Say hello to me. Samokat Publishing House

In Russia, people of different nationalities lived side by side for centuries and found a common language. Today, those whom we recently called "residents of the fraternal republics" have suddenly become "migrants." If we explain who migrants really are, why they were forced to leave their homes, if we open the door to their culture, perhaps we will coexist more harmoniously. Stories about migrants are the subject of Aleksey Oleinikov's book Hello.

51. Faina Osmanova. The gimlet reached the handle. What and on what they wrote at different times. Publishing house "Boslen"

52. Vasily Volkov, Natalia Volkova. Professions of old Russia in drawings and photographs. Rech Publishing House

53. James Mayhew. Katya in the art gallery. Young Mother Publishing House

54. Lyman Baum. "The Great Wizard of Oz". Pink Giraffe Publishing House

55. Elena Borisova. Childhood on ships. Publishing house "Art-Volkhonka"

Illustrated edition for family reading, telling about the hard fate of the children of sailors of the Russian squadron, who were forced to leave the shores of Russia in 1920.

56. Rudolf Chekhura. Maxi-dog Fick. White Crow Publishing House.

57. Jean Regno, Emile Bravo. Comic book "My mother is in America, she saw Buffalo Bill". Bumkniga Publishing House

58. David Kali. Picture book "I didn't do my homework because. ..". Career Press

59. Paul Gallico. Novella "Verna". Clever Media Group Publishing House

60. ABC truths. Clever-Media-Group Publishing House

A book for smart teenagers who want to think and draw conclusions. It contains the opinions of 33 contemporary writers on 33 different philosophical and ethical concepts. Each of the concepts corresponds to one of the letters of the Russian alphabet. Among the authors are Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Boris Akunin, Alexander Arkhangelsky, Boris Grebenshchikov.

61. Stanislav Vostokov. "Higher powers need help." Clever Media Group Publishing House

62. Anatoly Orlov. The story of Pym the Fawn. Rosmen Publishing House

63. Alexandra Litvina. Metro on the ground and underground. Walking into History

64. Ian Graham. Informative comic "Dare to Climb Everest" and other books in the "Dangerous Adventures" series. Paulsen Publishing House

65. Ekaterina Polgueva. "A second before the explosion." Publishing house "Vremya"

This book is a tragic and bright story about the fate of children from a big city, who in a big city find themselves in the epicenter of an armed conflict between two neighboring countries.

66. Tamara Mikheeva. Fantastic story "Children of Dolphins". KompasGid Publishing House

67. Ulf Stark. "My friend Percy, Buffalo Bill and me." Samokat Publishing House

68. Nina Dashevskaya. The story "Violin of an unknown master". DETGIZ Publishing House

69. Frida Nilson. I was adopted by a gorilla. Samokat Publishing House

70. Elena Novichkova, Ekaterina Buntman, Anna Ratina. "Peter I". Labyrinth Press Publishing House

300 years separate us from the era of bold undertakings and unprecedented changes. On the pages of this interactive historical publication, Peter the Great appears to the sound of cannon fire, the sound of axes and the splashing of the Baltic waves. Tsar and ship's carpenter, commander and simple bombardier. Magnanimous and quick to punish, desperate and far-sighted - a truly extraordinary ruler of a vast country. As additional materials - three-dimensional structures, movable elements, valves, books, interactive illustrations and maps, battle diagrams, a poster with portraits of Peter the Great's associates, a boat model for assembly.

Age: 12-17 years old

71. Maria Bershadskaya. Collection of poems "The sea that is not on the map." Rosmen Publishing House

72. Victor Lunin. Collection of short stories "My Beast". BeringA Publishing House

73. Laurent Quentin. Catherine Racer. Encyclopedia "The World in the XIII century". Walking into History Publishing House

74. Thea Beckman. Crusade in jeans. Publishing House "Walk into History"

75. Fanny Britt. Jane, the Fox and Me Graphic Novel. White Crow Publishing House

76. Evgeny Rudashevsky. The story "Hello, my brother Bzou!". KompasGid Publishing House

77. Tamara Zinberg. The story of the Seventh Symphony. Rech Publishing House

The story of a besieged girl who, like other Leningraders, barely survived, but took upon herself the burden of caring for a helpless three-year-old boy.

78. Nina Dashevskaya. The story "I'm not a brake." Publishing house "Samokat"

This book is the winner of the sixth season of the All-Russian competition for the best work for children and teenagers "Kniguru". An inconsistent monologue of 13-year-old Ignat, moving on roller skates, a scooter, a skateboard around Moscow. He needs to be everywhere. And on the go he rhymes, draws, reads. She also dreams of learning to play the trumpet. He is interested in everything! The pace of life of Ignat is similar to the pace of life in a metropolis.

79. Lois Lowry. The novel "In Search of Blue". Pink Giraffe Publishing House

80. Victoria Lebedeva. A series of stories for family reading "Devices and Gadgets". Publishing House "Wise Cricket"

81. Irina Degtyareva. The story "Steppe Wind" about a village boy Mishka. AST Publishing House

82. Chris Grabenstein. The story "Escape from Mr. Limoncello's Library". Career Press

83. Roland Smith. Adventure novel "Peak". Pink Giraffe Publishing House

84. Frank Cottrell Boyce. The story "Just Space". Pink Giraffe Publishing House

85. Aya en. The story "Christmas Tree, which is a steamboat". Rosmen Publishing House

86. Evgenia Putilova. “Row of golden steps. A book about childhood and books of childhood. DETGIZ Publishing House

87. Alexander Sharov. "Magicians come to people." Rech Publishing House

88. Dan Smith. Brother's secret. Clever-Media-Group Publishing House

The first book in the new Just Good Books series tells about heroic young men and women living under the yoke of the most brutal totalitarian regimes. But even here there will always be people who are ready to defend freedom and justice. Edelweiss, a flower that grows in incredibly difficult natural conditions, has long been a symbol of courage and resilience. It was this name that was chosen for their union by young men and women who were not afraid to remain faithful to their convictions in Nazi Germany.

"Edelweiss Pirates" distributed leaflets, fought with members of the Hitler Youth, supported prisoners of war. Autumn 19For 44 years, most of the activists were detained and sent to prisons and concentration camps. In Cologne, 13 young people associated with this organization were executed.

89. Francesco D'Adamo. The novel "The Story of Iqbal". KompasGid Publishing House

90. Elena Sholokhova. The stories "Bad, cruel, the best", "Below the abyss, above the clouds", "Star". Aquilegia-M Publishing House

91. Yulia Yakovleva. Novel-fairy tale "Children of the Raven". Samokat Publishing House

92. Irina Bogatyreva. The story "Kadyn". Eksmo Publishing House

93. Masha Rolnikayte. Documentary story "I have to tell". Samokat Publishing House

94. Marie-Aude Muray. The novel "Smart". Samokat Publishing House

95. Anastasia Maleiko. My mother loves the artist. CompassGuide Publishing House

96. Larry Gonik. Algebra. Natural science in comics. Hummingbird, Azbuka-Atticus Publishing House

97. Marilyn Plenar. Tales about masters and crafts. Rare Bird Publishing House

98. Natalya Evdokimova. The story "Aquarium fish". Wise Cricket Publishing House

99. David Macauley. The Illustrated Encyclopedia How It's Built. From bridges to skyscrapers." Mann, Ivanov and Ferber Publishing House

100. Andrei Zhvalevsky, Evgenia Pasternak. The story of the open ending. Vremya Publishing House

The plot of the book revolves around one of the pupils of the ballroom dance studio. Each of the boys and girls has their own experiences, and in the finale they will all face a common drama. The fate of their coach is in jeopardy - a tough man, but devoted to his work with all his heart. Family problems, teenage complexes, attempts to figure out one's vocation, conflicts with parents, falling in love and ambitions. The heroes of this story will come out of it as different people.

50 children's books for all time. What to read with the whole family during self-isolation

Literature section publications A.S. Pushkin Alexander Matrusov compiled a list of the 50 most fascinating children's books from different countries. Choose works to your liking and spend this week at home in the company of good books.

Still from Andrew Adamson's feature film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Maria Bershadskaya. "Big Little Girl"


The main character of the book is so tall that even her mother stands on a stool to braid her pigtails. But otherwise, she is no different from her peers, because every child is big enough to put away toys, but too small to learn something that only adults know. Kind, bright and joyful stories about how to tame the city or what an attempt to bake a pie can turn into, you will re-read more than once.

Julia Simbirskaya. "Once Upon a Time Dimka"


Julia Simbirskaya writes books for the little ones. Her character Dimka becomes understandable and close to readers from the first pages, because everything that happens to him happens in the life of every child. That is why everyone needs such a book friend.

Sven Nordqvist. "Petson and Findus"


The Norwegian writer and artist described the friendship of the kitten Findus and the old man Petson so captivatingly that for almost 40 years more and more new generations have been reading about the antics of Findus and the eccentricities of his owner not only children, but also adults.

Gerald Darrell. "Talking Package"


Go on a journey in an old steam locomotive to find a magical land, confront evil basilisks, befriend a magician who mistakenly created amazing animals - a wonderful scenario for a summer vacation in Greece, to which young readers of the book "The Talking Bundle" can also join.

Eduard Uspensky. "Down the Magic River"


Great aunt - Baba Yaga? Why not. The protagonist Mitya is at first surprised by everything that happens to him, and then stops - because he has to save the whole kingdom from misfortune, which was captured by Koschey the Immortal. All Russian fairy tales are gathered in one ironic story by the master of children's prose, and there is no doubt that after this book, readers will like both "Guarantee Men", and "Fur Boarding School", and, of course, "Uncle Fyodor, Dog and Cat" .

Yuri Druzhkov. "The Adventures of Pencil and Samodelkin"

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Two wizards escaped from their boxes in a toy store. A pencil can create animated pictures, and Samodelkin can make literally anything with his own hands. But here's the problem - the artist fell ill and drew a terrible pirate and a nasty spy, so now friends will have to resist them and, of course, go on an exciting adventure. If you like Yuri Druzhkov's book, be sure to read its sequel - The Magic School of Pencil and Samodelkin.

Alexander Volkov. The Wizard of the Emerald City


Alexander Volkov's magical world echoes Frank Baum's fairy-tale land of Lyman, and both of these books are wonderful in their own way. Introduce children to the kind girl Ellie and her brave dog Totoshka, the Scarecrow, who pronounces difficult words in warehouses, and the Tin Woodman with the most sensitive and loving heart.

Carlo Collodi. The Adventures of Pinocchio


Many people know the merry Pinocchio, but not everyone has read about the adventures of his Italian predecessor - and after all, Pinocchio's trials were much more difficult. But the reward of the Italian hero was, perhaps, more significant - after all, he was able to become a real boy.

Joel Harris. "Tales of Uncle Remus"


The book by Joel Harris tells about the exciting adventures of the resilient brother Rabbit, who is trying by all means to avoid the insidious tricks of brother Fox and other enemies. Uncle Remus Tales is based on Negro folklore that Joel Harris adapted for children.

Anne Hogarth. "Muffin and his merry friends"


The cheerful donkey, his friends and their simple and kind adventures seem to be created in order to make children fall in love with reading. Watching how Muffin learns to sing, bakes a cake or helps a tramp, young readers themselves will not mind repeating these fascinating deeds.

Otfried Preusler. "Dwarf Kherbe"


The author of "Little Baba Yaga" has many wonderful books for children, including a funny story about the gnome Kherbe. How to explain the saying "Fear has big eyes"? How to understand what friendship is? Just read Preusler! The adventures of a gnome who makes amazing hats and his friends is a wonderful path into the world of German children's literature.

Francis Burnett. "Little Princess" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy"


Frances Burnett's characters are small children, but despite their young age, they perform deeds worthy only of the best adults. So, Sarah Crewe, the little princess, remembers even in the most difficult time for her: there is always someone who has it even harder. And Cedric from the book "Little Lord Fauntleroy" will stop at nothing, even if you need to help people whom he himself does not know.

Eno Roud. "Coupling, Half Shoes and Moss Beard"


Once having met and made friends, the cheerful main characters set off on a journey to the sea. Clutch writes poetry, Mossbeard is ready to sacrifice himself in order not to disturb the bird, and Halfboot turns out to be not a very reliable comrade. Eno Raud's book tells how friendship is tested by fame and suspicion, as well as how to save not only good relations, but the whole planet.

Astrid Lindgren. "Pippi Longstocking"


Astrid Lindgren invented the strongest girl in the world, whose funny adventures hide stories about how sad it is for a child to be alone and how to make friends if you have a good heart, but very headstrong disposition The famous writer also has works in which she raises “non-childish” themes of death, self-sacrifice, boundless malice and infinite courage - after your favorite “Pippi” and “Carlson”, read “Mio, my Mio” with schoolchildren.

J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again


The book about the exciting adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wise wizard Gandalf and the brave dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield was published in 1937 and very quickly gained fans around the world. And today, Tolkien's Middle-earth is one of the most popular magical worlds. Go on a journey through it and you.

Vladislav Krapivin. "Choky-chok", or the Knight of the Transparent Cat"


This not the most famous story by Vladislav Krapivin tells about the fabulous country of Australia, where you can get if the samovar turns into a steam locomotive. At the special invitation of the Chief Mage, an ordinary boy Lesha is sent to these lands, who will have to go through incredible adventures and face many dangers. And the magic word "choki-chok" will help him to emerge victorious from all troubles.

Eleanor Porter. "Pollyanna"


The "game of joy" invented by Pollyanna's dad, the ability to keep up in all situations, is something that both adults and children sometimes lack. For a boost of optimism, read with your children a fascinating book about how one child changed the mood of an entire city.

Gianni Rodari. "Journey of the Blue Arrow"

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One of the best winter fairy tales, in which there is a place for both real losses and happy meetings. The book is full of the recognizable humor of the famous Italian author, and the journey of the toy train is so captivating that you want to re-read the story again. However, open other works by Rodari - for example, Gelsomino in the Land of Liars and Planet of the Christmas Trees.

Maria Kruger. «Blue bead»


What if any of your wishes can come true? Is it possible to dream about everything? What to do if an evil sorceress is hunting for a magic bead? The main character of the book Karolinka very quickly understands how important it is to think about the possible consequences of her desires - and her kind story will appeal to both girls and boys, and their parents.

Valentina Oseeva. "Vasek Trubachev and his comrades"


The story of Valentina Oseeva can be called a real school epic. It covers two years of the life of schoolchildren and tells about the ordeals of the Great Patriotic War that fell to the lot of young heroes. There is no moralizing and edifying in the book - but there are many real feelings: resentment, disappointment, despair, desperate faith, and sincere friendship. Therefore, the events described are perceived as completely real, and not as dry facts from a textbook.

Miyoko Matsutani. “A bun the color of a fox tail”


A modern Japanese writer discovers a fairy-tale world that is both alien and understandable to European readers. Unusual transformations take place in it, and a girl makes friends with a fox - and each story is simple and elegant, like ikebana or haiku, to which this fairy tale may one day lead young readers.

Lesley Rees. “About the koala Ushastika”


Australian author and naturalist brings his experience as a hunter and wildlife observer to books about koalas, kangaroos and platypuses. His characters do not look like people, as is often the case when writers talk about animals. On the contrary, Riis's animals are unusually natural and real - and therefore his wonderful stories are the best books for introducing young readers to the animal world.

Ernest Seton-Thompson. "Little Savages"


Even today, children sometimes play Indians and think how great it would be to build a wigwam and settle there. Jan and his friend Sam were lucky - they had the opportunity not only to live like real Indians, but also to learn a lot about the forest and even help their older friend Caleb return the farm taken by deceit. Fans of animal stories will also appreciate Thompson's other works, such as The Mustang Pacer and The Story of the Black and Brown Fox.

Tamara Mikheeva. Asino Leto


Who among us has not dreamed of being in a fairyland? And Asya has real magical friends - gnomes and fairies, with whom the girl spends a wonderful summer. But she has to learn that magical talents come with great responsibility, which requires, for example, to go through a thunderstorm in order to save a friend from mortal danger.

Irina Tokmakova. “And a merry morning will come”


The works of Irina Tokmakova do not need recommendations, more than one generation has grown up on them. And I want good storytellers to tell wonderful stories to young readers again and again. Especially when it seems that everything is bad: after all, in order for the most cherished dreams to come true, you must always move forward - which this book reminds you of.

Rune Belswick. "Prostodursen: Summer and Something Else"


A book for cozy, measured, warm reading. The Scandinavian writer Rune Belsvik knows how to envelop the story and transfer it to a magical world like no one else. His story about the good Prostodursen does not have a fast-paced plot, but there are many crispy gingerbread, pebbles gurgling into the river, pretend berries and juice from kudyka. And also a philosophical thought about how important it is to warm hearts. Rune Belswick's stories make you smile over and over again - so read this book even if you don't have kids.

Gray Owl. "Sajo and Her Beavers"


The story of a girl saving beaver friends from the zoo was created by an author who knows more about the relationship between Indians and colonists than anyone else. The author looks at his fellow tribesmen with sympathy, realizing that the usual way of life will never return. But he hopes that the most important thing can be saved - faith, hope and friendship. Therefore, not only the Indians themselves come to the aid of his heroine, but also "strangers" - and the book turns out to be life-affirming, despite everything that readers know about the tragedy of the indigenous population of America.

Hans Christian Andersen. "Thumbelina"


The story of a little girl who was born from a magic flower is probably one of the kindest and most childish in the world, because Thumbelina's adventures end with a classic happy ending. But after her, readers open the "Wild Swans", and "The Little Mermaid", and "The King's New Outfit" - and see a fairy-tale world in which there is always a place for both sadness and laughter.

Alexander Pushkin. "The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Bogatyrs"


Pushkin's works are familiar to many from early childhood. First, parents read stories about Tsar Saltan, Prince Gvidon and the beautiful Swan Princess, an old fisherman and a goldfish to their kids. Then the children grow up and get acquainted with the work of the poet themselves. "The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Bogatyrs" is one of the most famous Pushkin stories.

Lyubov Voronkova. “A Girl from the City”


At the height of the war, a simple Russian woman takes in her family a little Valentinka, who has lost her relatives and her home. How can a city girl settle down in a village, overcome the pain of loss, and start living a full life again? How to find a common language with other children? This is the subject of Lyubov Voronkova's story "The Girl from the City".

Ulf Stark. “Let the polar bears dance”


Ulf Stark is not afraid of difficult topics. How to build relationships with parents, especially if they get divorced? What is most important for each person, a teenager or not? How to make the biggest choice in life? In the book Let the Polar Bears Dance, the writer does not give unambiguous answers to these questions, but only invites readers to think about them for themselves.

Maria Parr. "Waffle Heart"


The heroes of Maria Parr are friends who live in a distant Scandinavian country and learn to grow up together, overcome difficulties at school and family troubles. They cope with the first losses, think about what lies ahead for them, and also love the sea and waffles very much.

Anne-Catherine Westley. “Dad, Mom, Grandmother, Eight Children and a Truck”


The story of a large family, created by the Norwegian children's writer Anne-Katrine Vestli, is a cozy, kind, cheerful and very realistic story. Westley's fascinating language makes you forget about everything, read and enjoy both the heroes of the book and life in general.

JK Rowling. "Harry Potter"


The cycle of books by the English writer JK Rowling is filled not only with miracles and the struggle between good and evil. The most important thing in her novels is a detailed and very realistic story of growing up. Rowling's heroes go through this path with all the accompanying hardships, quarrels and reconciliations, first love and true friendship.

Michael Ende. The Endless Book


Finding yourself and understanding your desires are the most difficult problems that every growing teenager faces. Michael Ende weaves these themes into a fairytale plot, confuses the reader by connecting real and fictional worlds, and tells a story full of both touching and painful episodes.

Nina Dashevskaya. "Willy"

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Nina Dashevskaya wrote a kind fairy tale in which objects come to life and it seems that Willy's bike can really be an iron horse and a true friend. This story is important to read to those children and adolescents who have already begun to understand that they are somehow different from others. And for older schoolchildren, Dashevskaya has "I'm not a brake" and "Pi Day".

Clive Staples Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia


A magical tale of the world behind the door of an ordinary closet, Christian fantasy, a test of brotherly love, talking animals and subtle humor - in the Lewis series of books everyone will find something to their liking. That is why readers around the world and at any age again and again return to their favorite heroes, dreaming of saving Narnia and meeting the Great Lion.

Andrei Zhvalevsky, Evgenia Pasternak. "Time is always good"


What happens if a child enters the 21st century from the 20th century and vice versa? Modern Belarusian authors are sure that brave children will cope with all the trials. Because there will always be a loving mother nearby, true friends will be found, and, most importantly, times will always be good, no matter how difficult they may seem from the outside.

Janusz Korczak. "King Matt the First"


Janusz Korczak wrote a fairy tale about a boy-king, who most of all wanted everyone in his state to be happy - both adults and children. However, he did not succeed, because many tried to interfere with the king. The sad continuation of "King Matt on a Desert Island" tells about what happened next. And when you close the book, you want to hug your parents or children - it's so good that they are nearby.

Jeanne Birdsell. "Penderwicks"


A family with which something always happens - this is how the resilient Penderwicks can be characterized. They can brew an incredibly cool porridge, which they then disentangle themselves - and even with an excellent result.

Sarah Pennypacker.



The heroes of Sarah Pennypacker's book are a boy and foxes who part because of the start of the war. The boy returns to the war zone to find his pet, while the pet fox learns to live in the forest with other animals. The author writes about abstract war in abstract geography, but in her book all the emotions experienced by the characters are sincere and true.

Daria Dotsuk. "Voice"


A book for those who suffer from panic attacks and those who cannot believe in them. Sasha faces these severe attacks after she witnesses a terrorist attack in the Moscow metro. Parents send the girl to Kaliningrad, to her grandmother, where Sasha joins the club of book lovers - and this becomes the first step on her path to recovery.

Marie Aude-Muraille. Miss Charity


The main character of the book, Charity Tiddler, overcomes the conventions of stiff England at the end of the 19th century and becomes a famous artist. To create a story about a talented, inquisitive and stubborn girl who, despite everything, believes in her dream, Marie-Aude Murail was inspired by the biography of the English writer Beatrice Potter, the author of the famous fairy tales about Peter Rabbit.

R. J. Palacio. "Miracle"


It is very difficult to get used to a new school when you are completely different from others. The hero Palacio suffers from a rare genetic disease, due to which he undergoes several plastic surgeries on his face. In order to settle down in the class, he shows willpower and perseverance - and soon, thanks to his amazing character, he finds real friends.

Nina Dashevskaya. “I am not a brake”


The protagonist of the book, Ignat, is used to running headlong, rushing on roller skates or racing on a scooter. Sometimes he stops, but only to help those around him - his friends, mother and younger brother. Nina Dashevskaya's book teaches you to always follow your dream, support your loved ones and never despair.

Christine Nöstlinger. Gretchen


The plot of the book to Christine Nöstlinger is banal at first glance: the parents of the main character separate and converge again, while she herself at this time finds her first love and new friends. But behind ordinary events lies a deep and dramatic story of growing up, the heroine of which has to radically reconsider the main values ​​​​of her life.

Yulia Kuznetsova. "First job"


High school student Masha Molochnikova dreams of going to Spain for language courses, but her parents cannot pay for the trip. Then mother arranges for Masha herself to work so that she can save up the required amount. So she faces all the difficulties of the adult world and is forced to solve quite serious questions: what to do when a student becomes attached to you, how to communicate with her super-successful mother, who to ask for help when all the seemingly correct methodological techniques do not work.

Ekaterina Murashova. "Correction class"


"Correction class" is a story about a difficult class in which each student has his own sad story. This is a book about how different teachers and parents are and what they do to make their lives a little easier. Elements of fantasy are woven into the story so naturally that they don't even seem unrealistic. They skillfully lead the reader to the tense ending of the story and give hope for a happy ending to the last page.

Dina Sabitova. "Where there is no winter"


The main characters of Dina Sabitova's story - brother and sister Pasha and Gulya - end up in an orphanage. There they face numerous adversities, learn to take care of each other and never lose their presence of mind. Dina Sabitova's book does not frighten, but gives hope, faith in a miracle.

Cornelia Funke. "Inkheart"


What reader would not like to meet the characters and see with their own eyes everything described by the author? When Mortimer Folhart reads a fairy tale to his daughter, his wife enters a fantasy world.

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