New Fairy Tales Book cover (Source: nxbtre.vn)

HCM City (VNA)
- Hundreds of new books for children of Vietnamese and international authors will be released during the summer.

The Trẻ (Youth) Publishing House will present 100 titles on arts, literature, history, and living skills.

To Nghi Gi Khi Con Be (What I Am Thinking When I Am a Child) is an interactive two-book set by artist Bien Thuy.

It raised questions about family, friends, people and the environment for children aged six to 10.

“As a mother of two children, I know how to ask questions that encourage our children to share their feelings and thoughts about life, and learn more about living skills,” Thuy said.

The publisher will reprint a book set titled Co Tich Moi (New Fairy Tales) written by author Nguyen Huong.

The set consisting of eight books tells new stories inspired by Vietnamese and foreign fairy tales in a modern style.

The publication won the golden prize at the Vietnam Publishers Association’s Best Book Awards 2016.

Nguyen Minh Nhut, director of the publishing house, said: “The Tre Publishing House worked hard last year to release 100 new books for children that increase the number of our books for children up to 700.”

Nhut said that his company focused on books for children because “books provide children knowledge about people, nature and the world, as well as amazing adventures”.

He said that educators and psychologists agreed that reading books “is the best way to help children distinguish right and wrong”.

The publishing house hosted a children’s book fair at the HCM City Pedestrian Book Street in District 1 last weekend. The event displayed thousands of copies of books for children and sold them at a 20-30 percent discount.

The Nha Nam Culture and Communications Company and the Writers’ Association Publishing House will introduce a set of four books on sex education for children and parents on International Children’s Day on June 1.

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept was written by Jayneen Sandlers, an Australian teacher, author, mother of three teenagers and an active advocate for sexual-abuse prevention education both in the home and schools.

In order to raise awareness of parents about the importance of books for children, the publishing houses will host discussions with leading children’s book authors, educators and psychologists on the Pedestrian Book Street early next month.

The Tre Publishing House has launched a campaign “Vietnamese Writes Books for Vietnamese Children” to encourage local writers to provide more quality publications for Vietnamese children.

Nhut said the publishing house had published hundreds of children’s books by foreign authors in recent years, and now wanted to see more books by Vietnamese authors.

“The market is lacking Vietnamese books for children. Foreign books impart general knowledge for both children and parents, but they may not be suited to Vietnamese tradition and culture," he said.

However, many young and veteran Vietnamese writers agreed that writing books for children was not easy.

“To me, writing books for children means telling about my childhood,” said veteran author and journalist Le Van Nghia.

Nghia has released two books for children, Mua He Nam Petrus (Summer in Petrus), and Chu Chieu Bong, Tay Danh Bai và Tui Con Nit Xom Nho Sai Gon Nam Ay (Cinema Projectionist, Gambler and Children in Sai Gon’s Alley).

They have received warm welcome from both children and adults.

Nhut said: “Through the campaign, we hope to receive more and more drafts for children’s books from Vietnamese writers, especially from young writers. We hope to provide young readers quality books featuring Vietnamese culture, history and tradition.”-VNA