[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 刘大人]
When we were recently asked to “babysit” our 3-year old nephew in a shopping mall while his parents went about some quick errands, we thought we could have it easy by keep him occupied at the nearby community library simply by reading to him some books from his favourite kids’ fairytales. Sounds like a good plan, right?
“I’m bored.” Kids love saying it; parents hate hearing it, and we are all no different. Boy, story-telling in writing for us is second nature but reading out loud, especially to a kid with a short attention span is a different challenge altogether. How we wished we could do storytelling like a modern-day Shel Silverstein with a rhythmic twist.
All of a sudden, a sure nook with plenty of exciting books comes to mind…
Me Books Nooks
就在大人还在懊恼该如何增进讲故事的技巧之时，老天爷居然给我指引了一条光明大道！常在 Sunway Citrine Hub 觅食的大人，之前几回只是匆匆经过这家位于二楼的北欧风格大型童书店 Me Books Nooks ，却总因赶着填饱肚子而过门不入，「大人千不该万不该，错过了如此有质感的童书店，的的确确是大人之过啊！」今天势必得进门探个究竟，瞧瞧里头是否有良方能让大人雪耻，让我下回在小朋友面前逞逞威风才行！
A well-thought-out space seemingly designed for inspiration, creativity and learning, we almost kick ourselves for not stepping into this Nordic-inspired store on the countless occasions while on our way to some of the fine restaurants located on the second level of Sunway Citrine Hub. With plenty of time on our side, we decided to check out Me Books Nooks for some gift ideas for our nephews and nieces, while soothing and salvaging some “wounded pride” that was inflicted upon us just before Christmas 😂
2018年6月中旬於 Sunway Citrine Hub 设立的这家社区童书店绝对与一般购物中心内的连锁书店不一样！为了启发幼童的创意与灵感，Me Books Nooks 的每本优质童书皆由谈起童书即双目充满热情的主人家 Dr Chatichai Chong 与负责人 Jeremy Lim 坚持从世界各国严选引进书店，目前主要以适合12岁以下孩童阅读的英语童书为主，「爸爸妈妈们，大人强力推荐你们把家里的孩子们都带到这儿领略浩瀚的书海！花时间陪孩子共读，让他们自行选择喜爱的童书，领略了阅读的乐趣后才能逐渐培养阅读的兴趣与习惯。」
The brainchild of Dr Chatichai Chong and his team, Me Books Nooks which opened in June 2018 at Sunway Citrine Hub is unlike any ordinary children’s bookstore, but a communal space designed for all ages and from all walks of life to inspire and be inspired. Open to everyone, and every day, kids and parents can discover exquisitely printed books, from New York Times bestsellers to heavenly new finds handpicked just for the family. According to the store manager Jeremy Lim, Me Books Nooks also offers an array of monthly Townhall events covering art, technology, parenting, education and so much more.
Come to think about it, most households in Europe and America spend more on books and stationery than they do on package holidays, and actually set aside a monthly budget just for adding new titles to their kid’s “library” while many local families tend to buy in bulk, especially during the school holidays or year-end sale. Perhaps it’s time we take stock and reflect on how we could take a page from our Western counterparts’ books to make reading a way of life.
更多关于 Me Books Nooks 的阅读空间体验与幕后花絮可点击：Me Books Nooks
Apart from children books, university textbooks (in collaboration with University Book Store Malaysia) and premium stationery are also available at Me Books Nooks.
Me Books App – NEW!
最能引起大人到此久留的关键即是他们家自行开发的童书应用程序！Me Books App 将470本世界级的英文童书与20本马来语童书 (未来也会加入100本泰语童书）化身为声效与创意十足的互动版，不仅能让孩子们边欣赏有趣的故事，还能边学习准确的发音法，「家长们也能让孩子们参与录制属于自己的故事声效，来个独家限量版的亲子共读，非常有趣呢！完全解决了大人之前所面对的烦恼！」在此顺道一提，Me Books Apps (Apple & Android) 於2019年1月已可正式订阅哦！更多有关详情可点击：Me Books App
What got us interested the most is actually a digital collection of nearly 500 interactive “books” in English, a small collection in Malay and soon available in the Thai language that comes with rich, immersive audio in one interactive storytelling Me Books App. YES, you can now let your kids read books on devices such as an iPad or Kindle, since many of them are often mesmerised by technology, and technology can make reading way enticing. AND what’s even better, it helps kids find the magic in the story itself!
Imagine how much FUN reading can be with this revolutionary book reading app:
To download, visit:
Me Books Theatre
大人还发现 Me Books @ Nooks 在每一个转角都摆设了好些很有启发意识的玩意儿让小朋友们探索，让人最爱不释手的当属 Me Books Theatre (下图) 了！「这小小剧场有点类似皮影戏的概念，让孩子们将 Me Books App 里的故事搬到真实的小剧场临场发挥创意，小朋友们还能将以纸皮制成的剧场绘上自个儿喜爱的模样哦！而且不同故事的人物与道具还能透过网站下载打印后自行绘剪，孩子们绝对不愁没戏开啊！」更多有关详情可点击：Me Books Theatre
Specially crafted to be used with Me Books App, we can now delve into the art of shadow play with the Me Books Theatre, with the touch-and-feel element to add interactivity to make storytelling even more fun and educational for our little ones. This shadow play allows us to infuse exploration into storytelling, letting our little one immerse themselves in the stories while learning about the world around them while embarking on an adventure of wonder and curiosity. Together with the Me Books App, our little ones and we can make storytime even more magical. With built-in narration and sound effects allow for a more immersive experience, while customisable audio lets us and our child breathe new life into every story and make each one uniquely theirs. Here’s how:
To get a Me Books Theatre, just sign up for a 12-month subscription on Me Books App, and get the Theatre FREE, or you can purchase it separately.
Me Books Nooks 的童书种类相当多元化，有了主人家的严谨把关，大人心想这儿不仅是小朋友的阅读天堂，更让爸爸妈妈们在挑选童书时省心不少，若逢这儿的亲子活动日 Townhalls specially curated events，一家子在 Me Books Nooks 里耗上一天绝非难事！
Discover an array of monthly Townhall events at Me Books Nooks, and share the love of stories, ideas, passions, and learning together with their ever-growing circle. With workshops and family-friendly events across a range of fields, from education to technology, there’s indeed something fun for everyone.
For more details on upcoming Townhall events, click here.
Me Books Crate
「原来童书也能是份完美的献礼哦！」据大人现场所见，Me Books Crate 的童书不仅拥有超吸引人的封面，里头的内容亦极具启发性，若想为不同年纪的孩子们选购读物，不妨在现场请专人为你们推荐哦！「包装礼盒精美地让大人也好想拥有一份 💗。」
Me Books Crates are lovingly curated boxes and all-in-one packages which makes a perfect gift, and a treasure trove of local goodies even for newborn. The contents of each crate can differ from books, cards, games, arts and crafts to so much more. With this bundle of love for our bundle of joy (if you will), we believe families can now build tighter relationships while enabling our child’s creativity to reach endless possibilities.
Dinosaurs Didn’t Read. Now They Are Extinct.
好逗趣的一句醒世语，大人当然也不想如此有诚意的童书世界消失啊！所以看官们是时候为孩子们规划每月的童书预算，一块儿鼓励孩子们拥有一份爱书爱阅读的情操吧！大人的超诚意推荐，就在 Sunway Citrine Hub 里的 Me Books Nooks 哦！
So, this isn’t a sign we usually see around town, but when spotted outside of a book store, we will definitely look twice. To us, books make perfect gifts, especially for children. After all, books are gifts that keep on giving, and they can be opened over and over again. Plus, they promote literacy, provide fun and entertainment, as well as offer opportunities for learning and discovery. Thank goodness the “Thesaurus” survived, and so will we from now on, as long as Me Books Nooks are within reach.
Now, bring on the kids!
Me Books @ Nooks
1-24-26, First Floor, Citrine Hub, Persiaran Medini 3, Sunway Iskandar, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
Daily from 10.00am – 10.00pm
Me Books Asia
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