Wednesday, 24 May 2017

6 books your child must read at an early age to develop moral values

6 books your child must start reading at an early age to become close to perfect


There is an ancient saying that a child is an impersonation of God.

In this way, the expansion of the presence of the divine in our homes depends on how we raise our kids and children.

A father’s chest swells with pride when his daughter wins the dance competition; there seems no limit to a mother’s ecstasy when her 8 year old son becomes the first prize winner in an essay writing competition.

We leave no stones unturned in giving all the things that our children deserve; even the things which we, ourselves, could not have in our childhood because of various limitations.

It is suggested to encourage children to play games which boost their creativity, their ability to build logic.

A child’s mind is best developed between the age of 5-14 and this is the time when he/she can learn a new language, a musical instrument or build any habit possible.

So, it’s necessary that as a parent we remain aware of this fact.  The best habit which we must encourage our children to adapt is the habit of reading books.

If you have not yet started reading books to kids then do it as soon as possible. There are various popular children’s story books available in the book stores which you can buy for your kids.

Reading books to your kids not only helps them develop positive and creative thoughts but also help you spend some quality time with them.

#1  PanchTantra Stories

As a kid, I spent most of my time reading comics of Chacha Chaudhary and Panchtantra which is considered to be as one of the great books for kids.

I still remember the time when my father first brought the ‘Panchantra’ book to me and told me that I must spend some time with this book and that it could become my greatest pastime. I thought of trying it as I was totally bored of changing channels of the TV in the summer afternoons.

best stories for children - The Panchtantra


Believe me, it really worked.

You would be amazed at knowing that Panchtantra comprises of stories depicting animals as the main characters. More than 2000 years ago, a wise and kind king was disheartened learning the fact that his kids had the exact opposite qualities of him. They lack the adequate wisdom and were arrogant. 

The ministers of the king appointed Pandit Vishnu Sharma for imparting wisdom to the 3 princes, who vowed to educate them in 6 months of time.

Vishnu Sharma told stories of dignity, friendship and all the other worldly matters to the princes. 
The best part was that he depicted the characters in his stories by animals and fulfilled his promise made to the king in 6 months.

These stories later compiled by Vishnu Sharma are known as the Panchtantra and I would highly recommend this book as it contains age old good stories of morals and values for kids.

#2 Tinkle

Do you know that Tinkle is the most widely circulated magazine in India?

Started in 1980 by Anant Pai, the magazine contains short stories for kids, puzzles, and quizzes. 

The magazine characters Suppandi and Shikari Shambu are widely famous and still fresh even in the minds of those who had their childhood in the 90s.

Tinkle India's most widely circulated children magazine
Tinkle is published fortnightly and offers children a treasure of knowledge in the form of its section of extraordinary facts.

There are a lot of interesting puzzles and quizzes specifically designed for young adults which play a vital role in keeping them engaged and develop young minds.

Reading stories to your kids from Tinkle can make the time spent with your children cherishing and memorable.

Although Tinkle is one of the best comics for children but it is an interesting fact that it is very popular among adults too.

#3 Tintin

Tintin was created by the cartoonist Herge (original Georges Remi) in the year 1929.

Herge portrayed Tintin as a reporter of Belgian origin who along with his dog Snowy would embark upon a new adventure in each of the 24 comic books released hitherto.

The Adventures of Tintin one of the popular children's story books

The Tintin Comics are mainly characterised by the stories of Tintin beating the Villains from executing their evil intentions for the sake of maintaining peace in the World.

The other characters in the Tintin Comics are eccentric Captain Haddock, hearing impaired Professor Calculus, and ditsy cops Thomson & Thompson.

The wit possessed by Tintin to bail himself out of the difficult situations and the quality of being brave in tough circumstances are the two things which make The Adventures of Tintin a must read for your kids.

The comic books are also full of good humour created by its characters Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and Thomson & Thompson.

The combination of excellent look and feel, humour and the message of good beating evil makes Tintin one of the great books for kids to read.

For your reference, I am listing down all the 24 comics of Tintin published till now –

·         Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
·         Tintin in the Congo
·         Tintin in America
·         Cigars of the Pharaoh
·         The Blue Lotus
·         The Broken Ear
·         The Black Island
·         King Ottokar's Sceptre
·         The Crab with the Golden Claws
·         The Shooting Star
·         The Secret of the Unicorn
·         Red Rackham's Treasure
·         The Seven Crystal Balls
·         Prisoners of the Sun
·         Land of Black Gold
·         Destination Moon
·         Explorers on the Moon
·         The Calculus Affair
·         The Red Sea Sharks
·         Tintin in Tibet
·         The Castafiore Emerald
·         Flight 714 to Sydney
·         Tintin and the Picaros

·         Tintin and Alph-Art

#4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Series

recommended children's books - Diary of a wimpy Kid


The main character of this book series is Greg Heffley which is created by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney.

The Diary of a wimpy Kid book series is a great fiction work by Jeff Kinney and the entire book series is filled with humour and comedy arising out of the daily adventures of Greg Heffley.

The book is best suited for teenagers as Greg Heffley has also been portrayed as a teenager who has to struggle a lot in his school due to his trouble attracting demeanour.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - popular kids story books
Your kids must read this book, especially if they are teens, because they can mirror their life with all the stuff that Greg has to go through and the trouble he gets into all the time.

This book series totally defines all the habits a normal teen has, of which he is of course not aware, like sluggish nature, bad temperament, meanness, friendship and the zeal to get popular among the school crowd. 

Everything has been portrayed in a very amusing way in this book series by Jeff Kinney.

A child can also get familiar with his relationship with his own parents and siblings by reading about Greg’s relationship with his mother, father and his younger brother.

A child can realize how much annoying it becomes for his parents when they come to know about his activities which throw him in trouble as well as create predicaments for himself.

 Here is a list of all the books in the series –

·         Diary of a Wimpy Kid
·         Rodrick Rules
·         The Last Straw
·         Dog Days
·         The Ugly Truth
·         Cabin Fever
·         The Third Wheel
·         Hard Luck
·         The Long Haul
·         Old School
·         Double Down

·         The Getaway


 #5 The Famous Five

The famous five is a 21 Novel series written by Enid Blyton. The Famous five is about five children and their dog who take up a new adventure in each book.

My first encounter with this book was in my school’s library around 16 years back. I later figured that it was the 5th book in the series ‘Five go off in a caravan’ I borrowed it, started reading it the same afternoon and found myself completely engrossed in it.

I was so much in love with the book that somehow I convinced my library teacher to lend me all the other 20 in the series too.

As a kid, when I would read the book I would always wish to be the sixth character and solve mysteries or find treasure along with the other five.

The books are all about lost treasure, criminals and how the children beat the criminals. The Famous five is a great portrayal of team work, the children put in, to solve the mysteries.

The first book in the series ‘Five on a treasure Island’ was published in 1942 and the last of them was published in 1963. However, still millions of books of this book series get sold each year which suggests that is one of the most popular children’s story books.

Here is a list of all the 21 novels in the series -

·         Five on a Treasure Island
·         Five Go Adventuring Again
·         Five Run Away Together
·         Five Go to Smuggler's Top
·         Five Go Off in a Caravan
·         Five on Kirrin Island Again
·         Five Go Off to Camp
·         Five Get into Trouble
·         Five Fall into Adventure
·         Five on a Hike Together
·         Five Have a Wonderful Time
·         Five Go Down to the Sea
·         Five Go to Mystery Moor
·         Five Have Plenty of Fun
·         Five on a Secret Trail
·         Five Go to Billycock Hill
·         Five Get into a Fix
·         Five on Finniston Farm
·         Five Go to Demon's Rocks
·         Five Have a Mystery to Solve

·         Five Are Together Again

#6. The Mahabharata 

There are several books on Mahabharata available in the shelves of many book stores but since this is an article for the kids hence I would recommend The Mahabharata written by Samhita Arne.

Samhita Arne wrote Mahabharata at the age of 12 which makes it obvious that a child’s point of view has been narrated in the book.

The teachings provided by Mahabharata are very deep. The Mahabharata imparts wisdom to stand for the truth even if it is your family standing on the other side.

good books for kids to read - The Mahabharata


The whole plot of Mahabharata has been filled with ideas, inspirations and education in some form or the other.

Moreover, the plot is very vivid and interesting. Although there are many characters in this mythological book but primarily the tale of Arjuna is fascinating and the plot where his charioteer Lord Krishna explains him to control his emotions and stay adamant for the truth even if he has to destroy his own family members one by one.

The book offers best bedtime stories for children and the message of good winning over evil and truth winning over lie because of which I consider it to be one of the most recommended children’s books.

Wrap Up

Children are the future of any country. How the future of a country will turn out totally depends on the upbringing of the children and nurture of their talent.

There is a need for the children to figure out their own talent at an early age to keep their childhood free from stress. Obviously, if a kid has interest in what he/she does he/she will definitely enjoy doing it.

Therefore, a maturity level need to be developed in the children at an early age and this maturity level can come if we help them build reading habit. Reading stories to the kids, as stated earlier when they are very young, is a very good option and can be a happy beginning of a reading habit.

It should be kept in mind that story telling should be directed towards building a reading habit but not to intimidate them about the results if they do not maintain a good behaviour.

Imagine a country full of people who are well read, sports persons who are well read; lawyers and judges who are well read and who haven’t studied just to obtain an academic degree but who really respect their jobs.

If we need to materialize this vision then it is necessary that we all start now and place good books in the hands of our children.

So, which book you are planning to buy for your children?

2 comments:

  1. When I was a child I enjoyed all the books of Roald Dahl and the Peanuts cartoons.

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    1. Amazing..do name a few to us..the names will help the readers of our blog get acquainted with Roald Dahl and the Peanut Cartoons

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