Classic Dutch Children's Books
I'm starting to approach a point where I might want to read a few simple Dutch children's books (with the help of a dictionary when needed!). I was wondering if any Dutch users or users familiar with Dutch culture could give examples of some classic staples of Dutch children's literature (Dutch equivalents of books like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Green Eggs and Ham, etc)?
It looks like it could be a good one, but I'm a little concerned it might be too tough for a first book.
I read it as a first book, and then later I read Jip & Janneke. In retrospect, I probably should have done them in reverse order, since you can really tell a difference in reading level (Pluk is more advance). Though, I was using story books to practice my pronunciation, and in that regard, Pluk van de Petteflet gave me better exposure to different words.
Jip & Janneke is good if you want to practice what words you already learn from Duolingo (Is like the English Dick and Jane books). Pluk van de Petteflet is good if you want to expose yourself to more vocabulary (I now know what a kakkerlak is) :)
I guess the best know classic children books will be those of Annie M.G. Schmidt, in particular Jip & Janneke. You'll like them. :)
Thank you! I looked that book series up and they look like what I'm looking for.
I grew up with the Gouden Boekjes (little golden books). Although these were mostly translated into Dutch from English, they are all very well done. You will probably find some familiar stories among them, too.
Then there's also the Nijntje books, by Dick Bruna. Known as Miffy in the English-speaking world, the character is originally Dutch. I was never very interested in these though, they are little bit too bland. They certainly lack the spiciness of Annie M.G. Schmidt's children's literature that David mentioned, which is all excellent.
Nijntje looks good to me - I don't mind if my first few books are bland. A charity shop near me had a few of those, but they were in German rather than Dutch. It looks like they're readily available online, which is a plus!
'Koning van Katoren' by Jan Terlouw is one of the best children stories in my opinion. I am not sure it is for beginners though.
My buddy gave me a load of Roald Dahl books in Dutch which are super fun. They can be a bit slow going at first but you quickly pick up the important words in each story and start to speed through.
My partner went to Amsterdam (we are both in the US) and came home with a stuffed Kikker doll for me, so I looked it up and it is a popular series of picture books. They are fun and very simple, about 30 pages each with a paragraph on each page. You can order collections (3 stories in each book) from online bookstores; I used bol.com.