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Books and Cartoons All Russian Kids are Reading and Watching


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Well, not ALL Russian kids read the following books and watch the following cartoons, of course. But the vast majority of them do. At least that was the case for kids born in 1990-2010. Nowadays, there's so much kids can choose from.

List of books Russians read in school:

We'll be using a breakdown of books by You can also buy the books you like straight from their website. The website is in Russian, however, make sure to use a browser translator.

Side note: each literature teacher chooses the books for their curriculum. Teachers have freedom to choose the books they want their class to read and discuss. Russian kids DON'T read all books listed in each category, but pretty close to it.

Analysis of books:

What's unique about Russian schools is that we're taught to analyze the books we're reading. We're made to think and express what we think about the books, what they mean, how they impacted our lives, and more. It's not just mindless reading, it's ability to analyze what you're reading. I believe, it develops critical thinking in a kid from a very young age.

Russian greatest cartoons:

The list is put together based on the rating of and verified by BeFluent team:)

Жил-Был Пёс

Once Upon a Dog





Ну, погоди!

Well, Just You Wait!


Трое из Простоквашино

Three from Prostokvashino


Зима в Простоквашино

Winter in Prostokvashino


Винни Пух

Winnie the Pooh


Винни Пух идет в гости

Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit


Малыш и Карлсон

Junior and Karlson


Вовка в Тридевятом царстве

Vovka in the Kingdom of Far Far Away


Бременские музыканты

The Bremen Town Musicians


These are just top 10 cartoons from our childhood, but they're definitely worth a try! If your Russian won't be good enough to understand the cartoon, you can surely find an English translation somewhere.

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