Short stories for children to shorten the distance

adapted from the Casals blog, with permission. Images © Editorial Casals


With schools closed, many parents are struggling with juggling children at home, work and chores, without knowing how long this is going to last. Flexibility and empathy can help us all through this period. But the virus also gives us the opportunity to spend more time telling and sharing stories.

Family life can feel difficult sometimes. That’s why Catalan publisher Bambú had started a series of books, published in Malta by Merlin under the series name Iva, nasal! and translated into Maltese by Trevor Żahra. A collection of short stories on personal growth for children to discover the magic of books.


The series explores universal topics such as good manners, consumerism, not being selfish, being independent, keeping neat and tidy, ungluing ourselves from our digital devices sometimes.

All habits and behaviours needed, as children but also as adults, to deal with isolation. All of which makes these books especially relevant and poignant in this era of social distancing and self-isolation.

These books have been published in 13 countries, proof that in spite of social distancing, good stories cross cultural boundaries and help us to stay in touch.

Until everything passes and children go back to school, stay safe and enjoy the Iva, nasal! books. You may find them here:


Mostri tersqux ’l hawn

Ċimm Pumm Paqq

Saħħa Bonġu Ċaw

Veru jew Falz


* And remember, we’re offering 25% discount and will post the books at no extra charge to your home anywhere in Malta and Gozo.