Children are known to be sensitive and perceptive. Reading at a young age is an activity that can have a positive long-term impact on children and can influence the way they see the world around them. In the midst of the current technological age, where social media dominates our lives, including school children, reading books has become a task.
In order to instill the habit of reading books in school children, Cashmere amount sub-editor Irfan Mehraj list ten books that all children should read. The books on the list are mostly popular books that are celebrated and loved around the world.
1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Published in 1865, this book by English writer Lewis Caroll is a must-read children’s book. Considered one of the best works of children’s literature, the novel is widely read across the world. Such was its popularity that the book was among the 100 greatest novels published in the English world. The book is fantasy fiction that children love. The story revolves around a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole in a fantasy world where she meets various characters and beings. The book is not only popular with children, it is also popular with adults. The book has been adapted for the screen several times and has been a hit with children. Considering its genre of fantasy fiction, the book is considered to be an influential book with its theme and structure having a tremendous impact on the way fantasy fiction is written.
2. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Caroll
The book is the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and should be read in the same order. The book was published in 1871 and Lewis Caroll takes the protagonist Alice through the looking glass and into a fantasy world. She discovers that everything in the fantasy world is opposed to the real world and that reality is reversed. Children all over the world are fascinated by such works of fiction, and the book is so popular that it is considered a staple of children’s fiction. Caroll, again, uses the use of fantasy to convey how reality is shaped by fantasy and vice versa. The book has also been adapted for the screen on several occasions. Children who read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland surely shouldn’t want to miss On the other side of the mirror.
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A fantasy novel that made Mark Twain so popular that he became the most famous American novelist of his time – to be replaced later by Ernest Hemingway. Published in 1876, the novel is about a young boy named Tom Sawyer who grew up in St. Petersburg. The novel is a captivating and timeless account of his childhood adventures. From its publication, the novel was a huge success. The novel is considered a masterpiece of children’s literature in the American tradition. Given its popularity, the novel was subsequently adapted for cinema several times.
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Published in 1884, the novel is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and eclipsed it to become one of the most successful novels of its time. The book is considered a turning point in American literature, which changed the course of children’s fiction. The story tells about the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, who is also the narrator of Tom Sawyer and other Mark Twain novels. Although this is a definitive children’s book, the book is known for its subtle critique of racism. Every school-going child should read this novel for its sheer brilliance and adventure that turns the pages.
5. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
JRR Tolkien (1892-1973) is considered one of the greatest fantasy fiction novelists of all time. What made him so important has a lot to do with The Hobbit, a fantasy children’s novel he published in 1937. The book was a huge success, garnering critical acclaim and winning several awards. To this day, the book is hailed as a masterpiece of children’s literature. The story revolves around a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who embarks on a perilous journey to gain treasure, which is guarded by a dragon. The book takes place in a fictional world created by the author. The popularity of the book is such that the world created by the author in the book and in other subsequent books is called Tolkien’s universe. The book has also been adapted for a popular film.
6. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
No list of the best children’s books can make the mistake of avoiding the fantastic and hugely popular Harry Potter series by British novelist JK Rowling. Harry Potter is a series of seven fantastic novels telling the story of a young and daring wizard Harry Potter and his friends. Harry Potter’s Adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft and his struggle with the evil wizard – evil Lord Voldemort is a great read. A definitive tale of good versus evil, Rowling’s seven-part fantasy novels are arguably the most popular children’s fiction in the contemporary world. The first part of the series Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in 1997 and the last of the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007. The books were adapted into 8 movies, which went on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time. I cannot stress enough its importance as standard children’s fiction and it is a must read for school children.
seven. Charlie and the Roald Dahl Chocolate Factory
Published in 1964, the book tells the story of a young boy named Charlie inside a chocolate factory. Shortly after its publication, the book became a popular success. Since its publication, the book has been touted as one of the greatest children’s books of all time. The book is said to be based on the British author’s own childhood experience with chocolate companies. For its light theme and adventure, the book certainly cannot be missed by school children.
8. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
The book came out in 1926 and almost a century now the book has been touted as a children’s book by all. Written by English author AA Milne, the book was a commercial success upon its release and has never been out of print since, gaining fame and readers along the way. The story revolves around the bear Winne the Pooh and his friends and their adventures. The book has been translated into over fifty languages. The book was also rendered in animation which was appreciated by the public. For its subject, the book is essential reading for school children, who would love its adorable characters.
9. Are you there, my God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Bloom
Published in 1970, this novel by Judy Bloom has since its publication reached a sort of cult status among young readers. The novel revolves around the story of eleven-year-old Margaret who, upon returning from summer camp, discovers that her parents have sold their apartment and bought a house far from the city – and far from her grandmother. , that she likes. The book is recommended reading for children over 10 years of age for its discussion of topics that children find difficult to understand. It’s a really good book on growing up.
ten. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exuperty
This short novel by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, also a military aviator, was published in 1943. The novel tells the story of a little prince who sets off on an adventure beyond the earth. During his journey, the prince visits various planets in space. The novel is well written and appeals to children as well as young adults. Although considered today as a classic of children’s fiction, the themes covered in the book are variously considered serious and important. The book is about friendship, love, loss and loneliness. The book is Antoine de Saint-Exuperty’s most popular book and one of the best-selling and translated children’s books around the world. Every child who wants to understand important topics with the tools of simple storytelling should read the Little Prince without hesitation.