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Hello!

We are a children's bookstore Mayak Amsterdam with a collection of books in Russian language. Mayak means "lighthouse" in Russian.

We carefully select books, so that families continue to actively use the language. Through reading and discussing, the child not only learns something new, but also enriches their vocabulary, and easily picks up the grammar of their native language. A regular interaction is much more important than episodic lessons of Russian. The children do not even realise that they are “studying”, they are fascinated by the book or the topic.

Reading is not only about developing a language. This is an opportunity to start a conversation on difficult topics: emotions, immigration, injustice, feminism, birth and death, disabilities, human rights, ecology, social status, gender, sex education and more.
This is a moment to learn about the world, other people and other cultures.

The book will help to get through difficult moments. For example, moving to another city, changes in a family composition, adaptation to school, self-confidence.
Here you will find such books. And if it is difficult to choose - contact us, we will help.

Reading is also just an enjoyable quality time with your child. After all, you can read a kind or funny story, laugh together and say something very important.

We want to create a community of people who grow and develop, who have the courage to be themselves.
Everyone who has moved to another country and culture, no matter what the reason is, analyses and tests their identity. We are growing up together with our children.

We want Russians abroad to be open to other cultures, accept the world in its all diversity and don’t be hesitant to share their stories, too. Tatarian, Yakutian, Balkarian, and many, many others - our cultures are so different and rich.
Let's share this with our kids! So that they could tell more about themselves than just “I'm from Russia”, and not be afraid to bring Siberian pelmeni to school for lunch, and most importantly, feel more confident.

Now you don't have to take a spare suitcase for books when travelling to Russia.
We want it to be convenient to buy a book for you or for your friends here and now.

We select from the best Russian publishing houses, talented Russian authors, and rare books from small publishers.

This is just the beginning. We will have books in Ukrainian and Belarusian. We will meet and read aloud.

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Mayak.