Every year on November 14, Children’s Day is celebrated all across the country. The day is marked with revelry and festivities, with functions being organised in different schools. Also known as Bal Diwas in India, the inception of the celebrations can be traced back to 1956, when November 20 was celebrated as ‘Universal Children’s Day’ in keeping with the United Nations’ mandate. However, since Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in 1964, Children’s Day in India is celebrated on November 14 to mark his birth anniversary.
On this day, we bring to you a list of books you can give to children or re-visit yourself to keep the child in you alive.
The Harry Potter series
The story of this boy never really gets old. JK Rowling’s seven-part fantasy series introduced a friend to children all across the globe and reintroduced the habit of reading. The protagonist became a friend we did not have, as we followed his every struggle and victory. Magic never looked this real.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The 1988 novel Matilda remains one of the most celebrated children’s novels. It narrates the story of a precocious five-and-a-half-year-old girl Matilda Wormwood. She is not understood by anyone and is identified as a rebel till she meets Miss Honey. October 1, 2018, marked the 30th anniversary of the book.
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is a lovely, heartwarming book from the master himself. Few can make morality look as human as Silverstein, and in this seemingly simple illustrated book, he talks about selflessness, love and care in a few measured words.
Winnie the Pooh (series) by AA Milne
Since its first publication in 1926, the story of Pooh and his friends has remained an enduring choice for readers. The story might be as old as time, but one can glean little snippets of wisdom with every re-visit.
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Published in 1952, it narrates the story of livestock pig Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. This is a small book containing big messages on love, friendship and of course, life and death.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Published in 2002, this dark fantasy children’s novella by Neil Gaiman is popular with children and adults alike. It traces the journey of the protagonist and the many adventures that are thrown up once she moves into a new flat.
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