Russian children books

Привет! I am only starting to learn Russian as a second language for about a month-ish, and someone (who is fluent in a second language) recommended that I should start reading children's books for it will be good for me to read and try to understand small and basic words, sentences, and structure. but here is the problem, I don't know where to start or what is good children's book or not. so if anyone has any knows any good children books that i should start with please let me know! it will be a big help!

May 28, 2018


Maybe I'm a defeatist, but at level 10 just about anything will not be easy. However, your friend is right: Reading kids' books in Russian is worthwhile, especially as your ability to understand Russian increases.

For starters, why not try these YouTube videos, which have subtitles and audio and are about as easy as can be found (i.e., that I've found)?

There are sites with public domain fairly tales, etc,, as well. The brothers Grimm, for instance. Notice the link to fairly tales by Andersen. For both of the sites you can choose your language, and you can also have formatted two languages side by side--go to the bottom of a story's page and choose "Comparison two languages." There is also this site. However, as the prose is usually rather old fashioned, all these stories are not that easy at first. Many collections of Russian fairy tales or tales exist, but often these are quite old fashioned and I do not know what to suggest.

Fairly easy stories originally in Russian of any interest at all (IMHO) are by Драгунский, and Биянки. Or try "Что я видел", by Житков, or stories about "Светлана", by Баруздин, which are maybe simplest of all. If they prove too difficult at first, just set them aside for later, so that you can see how much your reading improves. There is poetry for children that is in a way even easier, maybe, but I hesitate to suggest poetry.

Once you are moving along with Russian (maybe you are already), reading simple stories at the "chapter book"/"Goosebumps" level is really good practice at extensive reading, and there is plenty of such material available, original or in translation. Another productive thing to do is to read favorite books from your childhood in Russian translation. Find an author or translator whom you like and whose stories are quite easy for you in Russian and read several of the stories back to back. This will really increase your fluency. The Russians have no qualms about making available materials to which they do not own the copyright, and there are plenty of online sites, such as the ones linked to, where among other things some easier books for children can be found. Audio is also freely available.

FWIW, when I started reading Russian, all the suggestions I received were too difficult for me (even harder than what I've suggested), but maybe I just did not hit it lucky. There is surely a wealth of easy Russian for children that is unknown to me.

Anyway, have fun!

May 28, 2018

thank you so much!! this really helps! I might be a beginner but I pick up on things real fast so these stories will help a lot, thank you!

May 28, 2018

For the first reading at the level 11-ish: Texts (fairytales and stories) with accentuationКатегория:Тексты_с_ударениями, (scans of the real soviet books), (with illustrations but no accentuation). Then you can read: Сказки русских писателейКатегория:Сказки_русских_писателей The absolute diamond of these is Конёк-горбунок by Ершов (one more site with A LOT of cool illustrations and good large font There is A LOT of fairytales, stories and even cartoons there! and Сказки Пушкина‎. The remarkable contemporary imitation of Ershov's poetry: Леонид Филатов — Про Федота-стрельца, удалого молодца / If you are into russian folk fairytales you can try to read Народные русские сказки (Афанасьев)Народные_русские_сказки_(Афанасьев) It is a classic book of russian fairytales.But I think it's not for level 11 but rather for 20-ish. / The same Афанасьев collection (or not, who knows). For those who like hotter. Warning: indecent folk literatureКатегория:Русские_заветные_сказки_(Афанасьев) / Some russian epic tales (Былины) with real colloquial Russian of 18-19 century (for wiseacres :-) ):Илья_Муромец_и_Соловей_разбойник,Категория:Былины / The fables Басни (a bookish/literary Russian of early 19th century):Категория:Басни_в_стихах / Александр Сергеевич Пушкин aka Russian Shakespeare :-) the most famous russian poet (and prose writer), one of the creators (he combined colloquial and literary languages) and popularizers of the modern Russian languageКатегория:Поэзия_Александра_Сергеевича_Пушкина

June 4, 2018

I am soon level 15 and still not ready to read books. I will finish my tree first, with at least two crowns each. Then I may start reading. Pronunciation and spelling are somewhat different. So I would buy an audiobook and the same book, so I have both.

May 28, 2018

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Аня в Стране Чудес (Набоков)

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DuoLingo courses teach about 2,000 words and the basic grammar. That and a dictionary will get you through a lot of books. It is easiest if you read books in your target language that you have read in another language. I read some novels in English and then in the original French, Spanish, or Russian. I read Euclid in English and then Greek.

I have been making notes and flashcards for all new words I encounter, and I have gotten through all of Harry Potter, with more than 10,000 more words.

At some point, you might feel comfortable answering questions on Quora in your new language, or helping to create Wikipedia pages.

May 31, 2018

Hi, I've recently bought the following resources with Bookdepository UK: Usborne Russian flashcards; Usborne first hundred words in Russian and a beautiful story titled "I see the Sun in Russia" by Dedie King.

June 2, 2018

The little prince, it should be easy to find a Russian version

May 29, 2018

It's easy to find but it's not so easy to read

June 4, 2018
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