10 Most Delightful Korean Children’s Books
Great children’s books spark children’s imagination and teach them about the world around them. Naturally when children are learning Korean, reading Korean children’s books makes an excellent learning tool as it will help them learning about the Korean language, Korean culture and what Korean children on the other side of the world read. Reading is a wonderful activity for children as it exercises their brain and improves their concentration. Reading also increases children’s vocabularies, making it a perfect activity when learning a foreign language. Here is a list of most delightful Korean children’s books designed for kindergarten and lower elementary school age children.
English Title: Cloud Bread
Original Korean Title: 구름빵
Author: Baek Hee-na 백희나
Cloud Bread was first published in 2004 and since then has received much international acclaim, from winning the 2005 Illustration of the Year at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair to the author Baek Hee-na winning the Astrid Lindgren Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for Children’s Books, in 2020.
The story is about two kittens who found a piece of cloud one rainy morning. They brought the cloud to their mother who baked it into bread. After eating the baked cloud bread, the characters (Mother Cat, Father Cat, and their two children) floated and flew in the air like pieces of clouds.
This delightful story has been made into an animation series.
English Title: Watermelon Pool
Original Korean Title: 수박 수영장
Author: Hello Moon 안녕달
Young readers will be delighted by the bold and refreshing illustrations of watermelons in this Korean children’s book, much like eating cool watermelons in a hot summer day. Feasting the eyes on the predominantly green-and-red coloring of the book, children will be immersed in a fantasy of swimming in a giant watermelon pool and making a watermelon-man. A cooling book for summer!
English Title: Mom Is Angry
Original Korean Title: 엄마가 화났다
Author: Choi Suk-hee 최숙희
Vividly illustrated, this book that depicts the daily conflicts between a mother and her child. The mother angry after finding her child drawing on the wall, the child confused by her mother anger. In essence, the author wants to convey the motherly love that every mother has for her child despite the conflicting, angry remarks that the child hears every now and then.
English Title: Hello Banana Moon
Original Korean Title: 안녕바나나달
Author: Lee Yeon-sil 이연실
Songi, home alone as her mother is away visiting their ill grandmother, drew a circle, a triangle, a square, and a banana moon on her room’s glass window. Thus, began the magical journey into a child’s imaginary world as the banana moon transformed into an umbrella, a ship, a swing, a leaf and other banana-moon creatures who accompanied Songi in many of her yellow-filled, banana-themed adventures. Fans of bananas, you do not want to miss this one!
English Title: Sleepy Story
Original Korean Title: 잠이 오는 이야기
Author: Yoo Hee-jin 유희진
Sleep, a character made of glutinous rice cake powder, is children’s sleeping friend. This book will persuade children to go to bed so that they can meet their friend Sleep, who carries with it a bag of dreams to share with children, and that they can continue playing and having fun with their Sleeping Friend even when they are sleeping.
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