10 Books Every Kid Must Read

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Reading Books is one habit every parent wishes to imbibe in their kids.

Parents then try to promote the habit by making the kid read a newspaper or a novel that has been sitting in the shelf for months.

Then why not shop for books exclusively for your growing kid filled with the right kind of drama & language that would entertain and create interest in the minds of a beginner.

Here is a list of books that are a choice for kids and also among the bestselling books till date.

The Room on the Roof- Ruskin Bond

Rusty, a 16 year old Anglo-Indian boy, decides he has had enough of the tiny, diminishing European community and his tyrannical garden, and so he runs away.

To his delight Rusty finds that life on the open road is packed with excitement and high adventure………….
Ruskin Bond’s first novel,written when he was 17 has received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957.

This book is surely a page turner for kids to read and enjoy! The lesson in this story for me is to remain open as Rusty was and to follow my instincts. If Rusty had not becomes friends with the people of the bazaar he would never have had all the wonderful experiences in the story.

Diary of a wimpy Kid- The Book series

Life of the protagonist (Greg Heffley) penned down in the most artistic innocent form depicting a personal diary of a growing teenager by Jeff Kinney.

The series is a wide array of volumes set out with the protagonists and his amazing and weird adventures in school and home which often caused huge trouble to the people around.

This book definitely will develop the craze in your kid for maintaining a diary.

Adventures of Feluda- Satyajit Ray

A series of adventures crime and mystery with Pradosh Mitter aka feluda(protagonist) being the prime detective, creates interest among the kids making them curious. Feluda can be considered the Indian Sherlock Holmes!

The series are set out in India from the hilly ranges of Kedarnath to icy cold peaks in Kathmandu.

The series was published by Sandesh( one of the prime magazines in the 1900s in India) in 1965.


Charlotte’s Web- E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web is about a girl named Fern, a pig named Wilbur and a spider called Charlotte.

They live on a farm and Fern is horrified when she finds out that Wilbur the piglet is to be slaughtered.

She rescues Wilbur and send him away to her uncle’s farm where he is friendless and snubbed by the other animals. And there, Wilbur meets Charlotte, the spider, and this is where Wilbur’s adventures begin.

The book was adapted into an animated feature of the same name in 1973 and its sequel as the Charlotte’s Web 2 in the year 2003.

This book teaches kids compassion for all living beings.

The Adventures of huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn(protagonist) has a tough life with his drunk father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything.
However when Huck’s dad returns and kidnaps him, the protagonist escapes down the Mississippi river with the slave, Jim.
They encounter trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law.

This novel is commonly named among the Great American Novels.




Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Among the classics in English Literature the novel starts of on an ordinary summer afternoon, when Alice(protagonist) tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins.
In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and plays croquet with the Queen!
Lost in the fantasyland, Alice finds herself growing curious with every passing minute.

Considered as one of the oldest kids novels written in the year 1865.




The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling

When Father Wolf and Mother Wolf find a man-cub in the jungle, they anger the greedy tiger Shere Khan(the tiger) by refusing to surrender it to his jaws, and rear the child as their own.

The book is set in the jungles of India with adventures of Mowgli(protagonist- the man cub) with his best friends Bagheera (black panther) and Baloo(the bear) finally ending up with the face off with Shere Khan…..

The book was published in 1894 and most recently adapted into a non-animated feature film in 2016.



The Westing Game

The game is “Who Killed Sam Westing” and the winner receives his estate, worth millions.

The story starts with sixteen people called together for the reading of wealthy Sam Westing’s will.

To their surprise is a contest in which they are all supposed to participate.

They are split into eight unusual pairs and given clues to solving the murder.

Everyone is a suspect and none of them knows who’s the convict which will keep you guessing throughout the tale.

And the most important instruction to the participants- “It’s not what you have, but what you don’t have, that counts.” is what Mr.Westings suggests to the heirs throughout the game.

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee is a tale of an orphan named Jeffrey Lionel Magee(protagonist) who lives miserably with his aunt & uncle after a tragic accident of his parents.

Finally he decides to run away from his guardians; run away literally meaning RUN, and gets this name of MANIAC MAGEE because of his terrific athletic powers.

Innocently, he crosses between two strictly segregated parts of town, the white East End and the black West End, making friends and enemies in both camps and managing to soften the lines of segregation thus changing the lives & mentality of people living in this racially divided towns.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A story about a pilot stranded in the desert, who one morning, awakens to find a little prince standing before him. This extraordinary little person teaches the pilot the secret of what is truly important in life.
We highly suggest grabbing Katherine Woods’ translation which beautifully captures the essence of the original story. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”






So, grab these books and begin a spectacular journey with you child.

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