childrens books

My friends are having children. And I am happy for them. I am also very happy for myself. Not only do I get to be the cool in-law uncle who spoils them without worrying about bed times and healthy meals, but I also get to buy them books.

Children’s books have changed so much since I was a child myself. And they have changed in the best possible way.

Last weekend I felt happiness when I walked into a bookstore in Haarlem and saw the book Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons by Ben Brooks.

I even cried a bit when I opened it and read that one of these boys was Harvey Milk and left the store with 2 copies of this book and 2 copies of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, to distribute among by in-law nephews and nieces.

While I wish I had read such books when I was a little chubby boy who was not interested in saving princesses or killing dragons, I am lucky to have read a lot of good books in my childhood.

Here are 3 books I read as a child and that I still enjoy as an adult.

Manolito Four-Eyes: The 1st Volume of the Great Encyclopedia of My Life, by Elvira Lindo

Manolito is a small, unpopular and wears glasses. In episodic chapters, the “chatterbox who’s misunderstood” describes his adventures defending himself from the school bully and arguing with his best friend, Big Ears.

Where the wild things are, by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are is the story of Max. After his mother sends him to bed without dinner, Max falls asleep and his room immediately transforms into a moonlit forest surrounded by a vast ocean. There is a boat waiting for him, and Max is excited for the chance to travel to a faraway land and escape his mother’s strict rules.

My Friend the Vampire, by Angela Sommer Bodenburg

Tony, a nine-year-old horror story addict is delighted when a little vampire called Rudolph lands on his windowsill one evening and, together, the two have a series of hilarious adventures involving visits to Rudolph’s home – The Vampire Family Vault – where Tony narrowly escapes the clutches of Great-Aunt Dorothy.

The above is a small sample of what children literature has to offer. Let us know in the comments which were your favorite books as a child.

Lucas Amaro García

Lucas was born in Granada, Spain. After studying Translation and Interpreting and living in Italy and Ireland, he met his Dutch partner in Malaga and decided to move to Haarlem, where he has been living since 2013. Lucas is interested in all kinds of literature and loves travelling and getting to know new cultures.If you want to know more about him you can find him on Instagram: @lucasamaro84
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  1. Steph
    Steph says:

    My niece is reading the True Tales books and absolutely loves them! I agree, it’s nice to have updated stories for kids who “dare to be different.” Growing up I loved the Ramona and Beezus books.

    • Lucas
      Lucas says:

      True tales are fantastic! I will check out Ramona and Beezus…. I think they were not known in Spain.

    • Lucas
      Lucas says:

      Yeah…. Manolito and Carabanchel rule! And he also introduced me to Elvira Lindo, one of my favourite (adult) authors.

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