On 13-14 November Moscow held the All-Russian Network Forum with International Participation ‘National Strategy for Action on Children: Towards the Decade of Childhood’. It comprised 6 discussion platforms. Ekaterina Nevolina, writer and editor of Eksmo Publishing House, a participant of Enriching Potential of Contemporary Children’s Subculture platform told us about modern children’s books and how to involve schoolchildren in reading. Ekaterina Nevolina said, that “My writing career started with children’s book. At first, I adapted different texts for children. Then I felt inspired and began to write stories of my own”. Many boys and girls of all ages enjoy the books by Ekaterina Nevolina. 


The writer highlighted, that her activity is all about involving the child in reading. In her opinion, children’s books play an exclusively important role in one’s life. One’s attitude to reading mostly depends on what emotions they got in childhood from reading their first book. Ekaterina told us, that “It is impossible to force a child, especially in their –teens to read. One should basically infect a child with reading for them to strive for books. That is why it is so important for a writer to create a world which will draw a child in from the very beginning”. We must say that she manages to do it perfectly. Ekaterina often gets letters from children all over Russia. They tell her how they enjoyed her books and confided her that some her book or other once became their first ever big story to read with joy.


Alongside with an interesting plot, any children’s book, according to the writer, should contain useful and educational information. Ekaterina herself always tries to include as many interesting historical, mythological or cultural facts in her books as possible. 

It goes without saying, that mothers play an important role in involving their children in reading. They read their babies at bedtime and advise them books when children get older. Ekaterina Nevolina highlighted, that it is totally unacceptable to regulate list of books your child can read. One can suggest reading quality books, but give a child the opportunity to decide. She told us, that “I always recommend children and teenagers to read the books they like, as any book can teach you something. If a book is hard, sometimes one should put it aside and return to it later. Reading is only useful when it can be enjoyed”. 

Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community 

Translated by Nikolay Boykov