No, its not what you are thinking. The heading is not wrong………It is 20 Children’s book every PARENT must read!!!
Parenting in the 80s was different from New age parenting. Technology surely has played a major role in bringing about this difference.The concept of age appropriate children’s book was not there.Amar Chitra Katha was the ultimate children’s book staring from a 3 year old to 13 year old.But there surely was a major difference as far as reading habit was concerned.My mornings would begin with me seeing dad reading newspaper,my afternoons would be spent seeing my mom reading the weekly magazine. My grandmother used to spend the whole day reading The Bhagavad Gita or Ramayana .The nearby chai walas shop used to b a major hub for reading newspaper and related discussions.In fact everyone around me used to read. Its the story of most of the 80s kids. Thus, reading habitwas instilled naturally in me. The underlying and most important point is u cannot raise a reader unless you yourself are a reader.
I used to read lot during my childhood. Dad used to get me books from wherever he went on official duty.My dad believed autobiographies were the only books worth reading,so ,The life of Swami Vivekananda, My Experiments with Truth, Wings of Fire were the books I had read as a child. During my hostel days, me and my friends used to have Author challenges wherein whoever reads the maximum books by an author wins. I devoured on books by RK Narayanan, MT Vasudevan, Madhavikutty ,Gabriel Garcia Marquez etc etc……I still cherish those days very much
This was followed by a phase of zero reading as I was trying to mould myself into the army way of life.The next big event which brought back the reading skills in me was Motherhood.At the back of my mind I felt it was my duty to instill the love for reading in my child.We were staying in Bangalore those days.Bangalore presented a very conducive environment for this.There were so many book lending libraries,clubs,book stores,book reading sessions,book fairs etc……I joined many book reading clubs on face book…Thus began my tryst with Children’s books…..
Believe me you get hooked on to these books,not just because of their illustrations but because of their content………
Some are hilarious,some are cute,some take you back to your childhood,some have life lessons presented in a light way…….
My children have really outgrown those books now,but I still see them going back to those books for reasons better known to them……..I too enjoy reading them over and over again…..I can make a long list as I love most of them…But here I am giving a list of 20 books you must surely read.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter(for its cuteness)
- Lorax by Dr Suess(for its content)
- Oh! The Places you will go by Dr Suess(for the life lesson)
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton(for its illustrations)
- The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr Suess(for its life lesson)
- Train to Thimbaktu by Margaret Wise Brown(illustration,illustration,illustration)
- Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves(for its humour)
- Where is my Hat ? by Jon Klassen(for its content)
- A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka(no words picture book for its illustrations)
- Moonshot by Floca(yet another moon landing story but excellently illustrated)
- Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson(for its content)
- The Day the crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt(for its wit)
- Sameers House by Deepa Hari(illustration)
- Sea in a Bucket by Avehi Abacus(illustration
- Nanis walk to the Park by Deepa Balsavar(illustration yet again)
- Make way for Ducklings by McCliskey (for the cuteness)
- A silly story of Bondapalli BY Ashok Rajgopalan (for its humour)
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donlandson (for its illustration and wit)
- The giving tree by Shel Silverstein (for its content and lesson)
- The very Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle ( For its Illustration)
I can go on adding on to the list……..
So ,what are you waiting for…………Read these books and let me know how you liked it……….