One thing there is to know about me is that I love children’s books, especially ones with cute illustrations. Even now that I am older I still vividly remember which books I loved when I was young…often it had to to with the artwork. Actually Nara is the same way, so it may just be an artist thing since we are both very visual people~ but who knows! Anyway, since we live in Korea now I have had a really great time randomly poking around the children’s book section at the bookstores in my area! Let’s take a look together~
In Korea kids study hard from a very young age~ as a result the book stores and stationary shops are filled with cuteness to keep their attention. These areas are always so bright and colorful, I get sucked right in and start to browse!
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Korea naturally has a vast selection of children’s story books of course, many are ones you and I grew up with, Japanese translated titles, and lots of original Korean published titles! Some are just pretty stories for fun, educational books for study, history or culturally-related topics, but my favorite are the books that deal with Korean fairy-tales.
Consider this an eye-candy post~ in the future I would love to feature some unique Korea books or fairy-tales in detail! Enjoy!
This story looks familiar~
견우와 직녀 The Milkyway lovers that meet once a year.
Whats in the glowing kimchi pots?
해님 달님 ~ a classic children’s story in Korea about a Tiger who eats a Grandmother and puts on her clothing as a disguise to try and eat the grandchildren. After climbing to a tree for safety they ask God for help who sends down a rope for them to climb to the sky~ he becomes the moon and she becomes the sun.
since Korea loves poop they have plenty of reading involving poo characters that have absolutely nothing to do with potty training.
Poop in high heels watching a cow poop in Namdaemun. Thank you Korea, I have learned so much lol.
Hwang class leader the poop class leader… lol interesting
And of course I had to include some potty training books because I am immature!
Aw it’s cute little Hitler and Beethoven looking sharp!
Nice puzzle of Korea (North and South) which shows some of the produce that comes from each area~ interesting!
And a few more ugly-cute-ish puzzles just because haha!
“The undefeatable robot warriors”
They also have tons of these really fun pop up 3d craft kits to make all sorts of goodies! I think some of these are originally Japanese kits just translated, but I want to buy one to try soon~ would you like to see that? Look at that bitty paper stove~ I would have loved this as a kid!
Korea has piles upon piles of character workbooks.
It’s nice to be surrounded by books with titles I totally understand haha.
They also have all the classics most of us grew up with~ but I only wanted to showcase the Korea or unique stuff in this post ^^ gah Nara has never read Madeline!!! I made him open the book and recited the first few pages in English from memory! haha I used to love her so much! When we have kids I think I will have to stock up on all of my favorites growing up and make him read them as well lol
Oh god… a Gangnam Style inspired cover…. impossible to escape this stuff.
Bring out the sparkle princess sticker kits!!
Pretty Cure and Jewel Pets from Japan seem to be really popular in the girls section~ so adorable.
Friendship and balancing your budget!
for older girls they have a large section of help and advice books on all sorts of things that a growing girl needs to know. I say this with a bit of sarcasm of course 😛
Beauty and style advice books~
Studying and blood types!! I actually know nothing about blood types, but people are always talking about them here so I bought this book haha! I will share it in a future post soon.
Diet book~ be skinny instead of 뚱뚱. Oh goodness….
another popular girls series of books is “예쁜 공주” which are uber girly dictionaries for things like English, numbers, phrases, or hanja~ I own the Hanja book plus one that is all about Korean phrases… kinda like “killing two birds with one stone” those sorts of things! It is very interesting~ I will have to feature these sometime in the future for you guys ^^
How about some pretty fairy tale books?
This page is so cute (*_*) SPARKLE EYES!