Some classic books stay with you, irrespective of the years that have passed by or the new books that have come in. Here are our hand-picked classic children’s books for your child’s reading pleasure
By Aarthi Arun
Growing up, there were some books that your mother may have recommended to you or others which always had pride of place in your grandfather’s bookshelf. Even after many decades, you could revisit some of these masterpieces.
You can never forget the charm of some classic books - transcending generations, they remain ever popular in your heart for good reasons. Such books are worth reading again and again. Read on to know some children's books that have touched us personally. You can recommend them to your children, so that they derive interesting lessons from these classics.
1. Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak
No child should miss Max's adventures in the land of 'Where the wild things are'. What will a young boy do when his mother grounds him for being naughty? Escape to a wild land with no rules. With Max's story, your little one will understand how far a little imagination can take him. This gorgeously illustrated book subtly tells your child to make the best of any situation.
2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
This story with the mischievous Peter Rabbit as the protagonist is so hilarious that your preschooler will instantly relate to him. When his mother warns him not to go Mr McGregor's garden, of course, Peter will sneak in there. After an eventful day in the garden, he narrowly escapes from the persistent old gardener. At the end, his well-behaved sisters get a feast while Peter gets what he deserves. You can't go wrong with this delicately illustrated book.
3. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne
Do we need to introduce Winnie-the-Pooh? The adventures of Christopher Robin and his cuddly friends Pooh, Tigger and Piglet has remained a solid favourite since its publication in 1926. Portraying heart-warming friendships and feel-good fun, this is a perfect bedtime book for your child to cherish. Full of profound inspirations, this is a book for everyone.
4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is a book that can shake your core. The story of a tree that sacrifices itself till its last root, will touch your child. It shows how nature always gives without any expectations, and how humans relentlessly exploit it. Pick this minimally illustrated book to teach your child to respect nature.
5. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
In this richly illustrated book, your child can meet a brave heroine, Madeline. Going through the unknown at a very young age is not an easy feat. How will a child feel when she has got appendicitis? The author portrays it light-heartedly and cheerfully in a simple, rhyming language. This Caldecott award winner is a must-read for your child.
6. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
What happens when a pig and spider become friends? A masterpiece happens, which is exactly what happens in Charlotte's Web. Wilbur, the pig befriends Charlotte, the spider in a barn. The unusual friends help each other through difficult times in this soul-stirring story. With deep insights on compassion, kindness, integrity, courage and friendship, this emotional book takes your child through life's full circle.
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Don't you love the sweet story of Willy Wonka, the amazing chocolatier? This is a story you must read to your child to instil all the good habits of Charlie Bucket. When he wins a special ticket to Willy Wonka's famed chocolate factory, Charlie's nice behaviour stands out and takes him places. This whimsical book is sure to put a smile on your child's face.
8. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
We all grew up reading the adventures of the little man-cub, Mowgli in the lush Indian forests. The book beautifully depicts the incredible love and friendship between the animals and a helpless child. This timeless classic will urge your child to look above the differences and celebrate each other.
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Some books can instantly brighten up your day and fill you with positivity. If you're looking for one such book, look no further than The Secret Garden. When Mary Lennox comes to live in an old country house in rural England, the house seems lifeless. Can she break the secrets of the house and revive its earlier glory? Positive thinking and a little faith can turn around even the worst of times. Your child can learn this by reading this hopeful book.
10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
This fantasy book takes you on a journey to the magical land of Narnia along with the four Pevensie children. Narnia remains an eternal winter land because of an evil witch's spell. How the children break the spell with their courage and wit forms the crux of the story. Your child will have many takeaways from this book: to do the right thing, to fight fairly and to always stand by your family.
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