Every week the staff of the Moscow libraries suggest what books you should read with young children, and what to discuss with older guys. The librarian of the Central city children’s library named after A. P. Gaidar Julia barrow-Ishmuratova chose books that will help you talk with children on the most difficult topics.

“the Pine trees rustle” Irina Tokmakova

this year we in the library pay much attention to the great Patriotic war. Kids explain things is not easy, but necessary. Well, there are many books on this subject, in which everything that happens is described through the eyes of children who lived in the time of war.

And one of such works — autobiographical novel “Pines noise”, based on the memoirs of writer Irina Tokmakova about her military childhood. She tells about the children in the evacuation that were in the house of a child, the adults who tried by all means to help them. Mother Irina Petrovna was in charge of one of these houses, so these children have always been in the eyes of the future writer.

Written in easy — understand any baby who is not yet going to school. The division into short stories make the book very easy to read before bed. Here, of course, no descriptions of bombings, hunger and deprivation, but the tragedy of war is felt in the details. With this book you can safely start familiarizing the child with the history of the great Patriotic war.

“Brown morning” by Frank Pavloff

How to tell a young child what fascism is and why against him so desperately fought for? To begin this conversation will help Novella by French writer Frank Pavloff.

As she says this. In one city where live two friends, first, ban all cats, in addition to brown, then all the dogs, then the house repainted in brown color one after the other, and then… Well, read for yourself. In 2002 this book was one of the most popular in France.

“that’s how it was” by Yuri German

Poignant and touching, life-affirming and sad story about the days of blockade of Leningrad. Kids are gonna love it and interesting details of everyday life in 1940-ies, and the fact that all the main characters in the book are real heroes. But parents, of course, will see all of this deeper meaning.

the Narrative is of the boy’s face Bears, which is unpretentious, even a little fondly tells stories from his life in the besieged city. The author managed very reliably describe the siege of Leningrad, despite the fact that throughout the war he spent in the North (he served there).

Some parents believe that this book is suitable for preschoolers, while others believe that only children nine or ten years. But I think it all depends on the child.

“the Boy in the striped pyjamas” by John Boyne

The plot of the book, probably known to many parents on the eponymous film in 2008 by Director mark Herman. By the way, it is possible to see the whole family after reading the book.

It is a difficult affair. Its theme — the Holocaust, the mass extermination of Jews during the Second world war. In the book faced two different worlds, separated by barbed wire: the world of a German boy, Bruno, the main character, and a Jewish boy Shmuel. The author deliberately shows how naive children are immersed in their children’s problems and until recently unaware of what was going on in Auschwitz, one of the most infamous concentration camps of Poland. Interesting observation: me as a parent to read this book it was hard, but children are usually very exciting the story itself.

the book has historical inaccuracies, so I can’t recommend it to fans of the documentary (they are among children, and among parents). Although, in my opinion, these inaccuracies do not detract from nor its artistic value, nor the impression which it produces.

“Cloud regiment” Edward Verkin

“Cloud regiment” has received two prestigious literary awards. Its author — the recipient of numerous awards and over other books — I know not only children but also adults who follow the latest developments in domestic fiction. He wrote, for example, the novel “Island of Sakhalin” (2018).

the Book is “Cloud regiment” tells the story of a distant war, which was attended by fathers and grandfathers, so that it turns into a very actual and close history. There are no heroic pathos, which feels fake. The war here is a simple affair, this is scary.

by the Way, the veterans whom I was fortunate enough to know, not loved to talk about the war, repeating that there is nothing to tell. But if they told, it seems to me that it would be just as verkina.

“the Diary of Anne Frank. The graphical version of the” Ari of Folman and David Polonsky

the Tragic story of an ordinary Jewish girl Anne Frank is familiar to many: those who had read the book, someone was watching a movie. Our library of popular graphical version of the diary. Do not assume that comics are not serious reading. This genre, now can speak on any topic, even the topic of the Holocaust.

to Me this book seems ideal as a reading for the soul in high school. It’s all here, and beautiful illustrations for those who are accustomed to visual perception, and all the teenage problems that you can only trust the diary, and, of course, the sad fate of Anna, which brings to mind the most important human values.

the creators of the graphic version — the Israeli Director Ari Folman and David Polonsky artist. Their collaborative animated film “Waltz with BashIl” was nominated for “Oscar” and received the “Golden globe”.