Classic Italian children's books?
Hi everyone! In an effort to educate some of my littler family members in Italian, I would love if those out there know of any classic children's books in Italian? I know plenty in the USA, but curious about the difference!
I highly recommend anything by Gianni Rodari. He's very popular in Italia. I learned about him from CivisRomanus here in the forum.
I agree. Rodari is the most suitable author for small children, easy to read, with very short stories, a simple vocabulary, and amusing situations.
check out this website: https://www.cosepercrescere.it/category/bambino/storie-per-bambini/
Some expressions used in Pinocchio today would sound a bit outdated ("il corbello dei trucioli"; "pareva trasfigurito"; "era stato cagione a lui di tante paure", "saltava greppi altissimi"), and some of them are typically Tuscan ("il fatto gli è che..."; "non ti garba"; "chetati"; "grullerello"; etc.).
In the past it used to be a good children's book to start with, but nowadays I would suggest it to more advanced learners who wish to challenge themselves with something vintage/regional.
Also Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca (1907-08) is another amusing children's book, but it poses the same hurdles as Pinocchio.
For something more modern, in addition to Rodari: Italo Calvino, book for children. He was a great italian writer (1923-1985). https://www.lafeltrinelli.it/ragazzi-libri-italo-calvino/c-1045/155834/1/