International Children’s Book Day – What Should You Read Today?

International Children’s Book DayToday is the International Children’s Book Day, or ICBD, as it is known in short. Each year, on 2nd April, this day is observed on the birth anniversary of Hans Christian Anderson. H. C. Anderson was a prolific Scandinavian writer, who is best remembered for his fairy tales! His notable works include The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling. Have you read them all?

This day, let us give you a recommendation of 10 children’s books, which you must read, no matter what age you are!

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    Illustrated by Garth Williams, this book is the story of friendship between a barn spider named Charlotte and a livestock pig, named Wilbur. The book is a lesson in honesty, friendship, and loyalty.
  2. Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan
    Set in pre-independence India, this novel contains the humorous tales and travails of Swami and his gang of friends. All the incidents of this book are set in the fictional southern Indian town of Malgudi, which in itself is quite famous because of the TV Series and Short Fiction collection titled ‘Malgudi Days’, also penned by R. K. Narayan.
  3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
    Wonder is the heartwarming story of August Pullman, born with a rare craniofacial defect, because of which his facial features are severely deformed. This is a book for our times, since it opens our minds to acceptance of differences among our peers, along with building an appreciation of diversity.
  4. Panchatantra
    Animal fables from our own land! Panchatantra were stories, perhaps penned by Vishnu Sharma or Vasubhaga – no one knows for sure! What we do know is that the deep messages embedded in all these stories leave us with lot of lessons to practically apply in life.
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    This is a part fantasy, illustrated book, in which the protagonist, Max, mysteriously lands up in a jungle! Is this where the ‘wild things’ are? Well, read to find out!
  6. The Puffin Mahabharata by Namita Gokhale
    Mahabharata is the great Indian epic, the largest book ever written anywhere in the world! In this illustrated edition, the stories of Mahabharata have been simplified for a young audience.
  7. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
    This Teddy Bear is a legend. With his stories spread across many books (and poems), he offers simple wisdom of everyday living. Watch him, or read him, but don’t miss him!
  8. Grandma’s Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty
    This lovely book is like lying in the lap of your grandmother during summer holidays and listening to her spin magic with storytelling. In this book, Anand, Krishna, Raghu and Meena’s grandmother literally opens a bag of stories in front of them and the same can be enjoyed by you!
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    Oh! Who doesn’t know this fabulous tale of Charlie and his tryst with Willy Wonka at the mysterious and fabled Chocolate Factory! You meet a host of other characters in the book, like Augustus Gloop (the great-big-greedy-nincompoop!) and his mother, and Charlie’s balanced grandfather and learn important lessons on humanity while living an adventure!
  10. Amar Chitra Katha
    These all-time favourite comics bring back the nostalgia of tales from mythology and history in the form of interesting comics, superbly illustrated! Pick any and be ready to enter the glorious period of yore, along with Queen Vasavadutta, or King Dushyanta, or Shakuntala or even the naughty, young Krishna!