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A Pile of Books

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Last year we went on a skiing trip with our friends (oh well, not a skiing trip for me, as I didn’t ski, but the snow was fun, nevertheless). Their older daughter Livia was two at the time, and the younger one, our goddaughter, only four months old.

In the evenings we spent time together, ate dinner, and discussed. I usually sat on the couch, and as the evening progressed, I turned into a living bookshelf. Literally. Little Livia traveled with all her favorite toys – and that included at least ten books. She carried them to my lap, sat next to me every once in a while (with all that energy, much  running around was involved), and wanted me to read books with her. The Moomin characters were her favorites.

Did I like it? You bet! How could I not – a two-year-old who wanted to read books! You can guess what I’ll be buying her as presents, when she actually learns to read…

Children’s Books

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I wonder why children’s books are sometimes seen as an inferior genre of literature.

A child is still learning about emotions, the rules of the society,  good and bad. Children’s books give a safe way for them to do this.

It is not easy to write children’s fiction. The biggest mistake an author could do is to underestimate their intelligence. Children notice illogicalities quickly. They don’t like being dictated to, they want a good story that flows well, exactly like adults. There’s no need not to use proper language – reading books develops a child’s language skills. And reading aloud to a child is a wonderful way to bond.

A child can live dangerous moments safely through a book, or learn to handle difficult life situations. And of course – have a lot of fun.

Children love illustrated books. Writing a children’s book with illustrations is a challenge of its own. The pictures should tell things the text does not, while supporting the storyline.  A good illustrator knows how to do this.

Want to know a secret? I still go to bookstores to read (and sometimes buy) children’s books, especially the illustrated ones. Thank goodness I haven’t grown too old to read them.

How about reading one for a change?