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Today is National Children’s Day, also known as Bal Diwas in the Hindi language; a day to remember Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. That means celebrating innocence and cherishing one's childhood days. The joy of reading and learning lessons from brilliant books about kids that go on adventures or listening to stories from one's grandmother and understanding an improved idea of life is the crux of this day. 

Reading enhances brain development and promises a better future with great understanding through storytelling and the relatability of characters, and that's why on this 14th November, we created a list of heartfelt books for your kids that focus on each aspect of growing up and having fun while reading in both fictional non-fictional scenarios.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series 
by C.S. Lewis 

Narnia Bookset

Who doesn’t love magic and wardrobes that take you places? The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the most famous series written for children. The language is easy to understand, and the story is told from multiple points of view. The four siblings recently moved out to a new place. They found a new magical place called Narnia inside the wardrobe of their new house, inhabited by many fantastical, supernatural creatures like dwarfs, animals who speak, mythical creatures, etc. 

This book teaches the importance of sticking together as a family, helping your friends in need, courage to fight evil, and forgiveness to those who strayed from the path of light. You can find the book here.

2. Rusty: Runs Away by Ruskin Bond 

Ruskin Bond books

You’re not celebrating a proper children’s day if Ruskin Bond is not on your reading list! Ruskin Bond is known as an icon to all young readers and writers of India and beyond. In this book, through the story of Rusty, he takes us all to a childhood fantasy of experiencing the ‘grown-up’ world firsthand without the supervision of adults. 

In Rusty Runs Away, Rusty, who has been feeling really lonely lately, bunks school and visits the streets, the cinema, and the city. It is the story that will tug your young one’s heart with a reminiscence of freedom, friendship, and nostalgia. You can find the book here.

3. Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan 

Swami and Friends

Swami and Friends is a fictional story of a town called Malgudi Days. This tale promise to inspire a love of reading amongst young readers. Through the comical and innocent stories of Swaminathan and his many friends, R. K. Narayan narrates many conflicts that kids and teens experience across the world.

With these, the author has subtly highlighted how one’s community and friends influence them while focusing on all the “big deals” that everyone faces in their childhood, like falling out with a friend, getting home safely, and deciding if you should listen to your family or friends. This classic is highly recommended. You can find the book here.

4. Grandma's Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty 

Grandma's Bag of Stories

Bedtime stories by grandmothers in their sweet, shrilling voices sound like music to ears, don’t they? Grandma’s Bag of Stories is a collection of short stories for children written in layman’s English that are easy to understand with significant moral meanings and messages at the end. 
They make the best children's literature collection in child-friendly books. You can find the book here.

5. Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan 

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

Danny Chung loves drawing but hates practicing mathematics. What’s worse? His Nai Nai, who was once a mathematics champion, will stay with him in his room. That’s not what he had planned, but as time passes, Danny realizes that maybe Nai Nai and Danny have more in common than he realizes.

It is a heart-warming story weaved around the exciting cultures of China and England, with an end that leaves Danny thinking that maybe both Maths and Nai Nai aren’t so bad. This is a brilliant book for kids who want to learn more about different cultures, generational gaps, and guidance in their personal development. You can find the book here.

6. The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W. Dixon 

The Hardy Boys Series

Brothers Frank and Joe Hardy love solving crimes. Hardy Boys is a series of sixty-six books revolving around Frank and Joe and a bunch of other teenagers who play detective and solve cases. These stories will make an agent out of your child with many rollercoaster twists and turns that will grip young readers and hook them from start to end. You can find the book here.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew Series

Another excellent story series for our young readers is the famous Nancy Drew books. A young teenage girl called Nancy solves crime cases with her wit and courage. The stories provide insights into the struggles between good and evil, honesty vs. dishonesty, and having the courage to find oneself. You can find the book here.

8. George by Alex Gino 

George book

It is an adorable story about George, who everyone thinks is a boy, but she knows she is not. So when her class teacher announces that they will be playing Charlotte’s Web, George’s new mission is to play the part of Charlotte, but nobody would even let her try…because they think she is a boy.

This is an easy-to-understand and quick read that will help introduce the kids to the concept of being transgender and not having someone to understand what they are going through. It is intended as a middle-grade book which makes it child-friendly, turning the otherwise heavy concept and conflicts into something more straightforward to understand and relate to with sympathy and grace. You can find the book here.

9. Garfield Series by Jim Davis

Garfield Series

Garfield is a PG-rated graphic comic book about a grumpy, lazy, and cynical orange cat who hates Mondays and loves eating lasagne. Besides that, he loves manipulating and troubling his owner. The series is ageless and is suited for all age groups to be read and have a great few laughs. You can find the book here.

10. 108 Panchatantra Stories by Maple Press 

Panchatantra Stories

Panchatantra is a well-known ancient Indian classic children’s story with moral lessons and value messages told through animal fables in verse and prose. There are many stories everyone may have heard from their grandparents, even across cultures, and set perfect examples for children to learn from and help ignite curiosity and aid them in handling real-life situations like reasoning between right and wrong. You can find the book here.

11. Archie Comic Series by Dan Parent 

Archie Comic Series

Archies is an ongoing comic book series about Archie Andrews, popular humor, action-adventure, teenage romance, and friends with Veronica and Betty. These comic strips are best suited for teenagers. Always a good laugh to read these ones! You can find the book here.

12. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo 

Stories for Rebel Girls

An inspirational collection of 100 true-life stories curated just for kids and pre-teens is definitely an eye-opener to the power of women across multiple centuries and across many platforms. The collection of stories aims to provide a feministic introduction for young girls to get encouraged from, leaving a thrilling sense of motivation and possibilities of the future for women of the coming generation. You can find the book here.

13. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different by Ben Brooks 

Stories for Boys

This “boy” version of the Rebel Girls stories teaches young men that being strong is not the only standard set up for them that should necessarily define them. Instead, stories for Boys offer an alternative understanding of the imbalance in gender inequality, addressing how patriarchy and social norms, in general, affect young boys. 

In addition, there are inspirational stories about successful male role models like Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei, and Jesse Owens, encouraging the young readers to choose a unique path. You can find the book here.

14. Like a Girl by Aparna Jain 

Like a Girl

Like a Girl tells the true real-life-based stories of Indian women who made history and about their achievements with their grit and courage; these stories will inspire young readers with their newfound love of reading but will also show them the power of Indian women and how young girls reading these can be as unstoppable and powerful as anyone! You can find the book here.

15. The Unteachables by Gordon Korman 

The Unteachables

The Unteachables is a hilarious middle-grade novel about many notorious students who can’t be silenced or disciplined. Mr. Zachary Kermit, a teacher, had a fantastic start to his career, but now he is burned out. But that’s okay because there’s only a year left till he retires, so he is assigned to the unteachable class. 

Like any other middle grade, this book is filled with moments of grins, moments that will leave to the edge of the seat, and a funny yet promising outlook on being a student of life. You can find the book here. You can find the book here.