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Gandhi Jayanti: 12 books on the Father of the Nation for kids

Gandhi Jayanti: Here are 12 books that your kids can read to know more about Mahatma Gandhi and understand the leader, along with his relevance in today's world.

Updated: October 2, 2019 12:24:09 pm
This Gandhi Jayanti, introduce your kids to these books on the Mahatma.

Gandhi Jayanti: Here are 10 books on the great leader that your kids can read.

Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 to mark the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. The Father of the Nation’s teachings continue to inspire people across the world even today. Here are 12 books that your kids can read to know more about Gandhi and understand him better:

Being Gandhi by Paro Anand

In this fictional account, Chandrashekhar, like any other teen, is tired of studying and “being” Gandhi for October 2, the leader’s birth anniversary. However, when his world is shaken by events that rock the nation and the world as he knows it, he decides to find his “inner Gandhi” to navigate the storm. Publisher: Harper Collins

Gandhi in 150 Anecdotes by Arthy Muthanna Singh and Mamta Nainy

This book brings alive the story of Mahatma Gandhi through 150 inspiring incidents from his life, starting from his childhood to becoming an iconic leader, who had an impact on the world.  It’s filled with trivia and insights, showing how relevant Gandhiji remains even today. Publisher: Puffin

Marching to Freedom by Subhadra Sen Gupta

This book also talks about the Salt March or Dandi March and the significant role it played in inspiring countrymen to join the struggle for independence. Publisher: Pratham Books

Mahatma Gandhi For Kids And Beginners by Shalu Sharma

This book talks about the life of Gandhi, from his childhood to becoming a national leader, his teachings on Ahimsa or non-violence and the struggles endured to gain independence for India. Publisher: Createspace


Gandhi for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Ellen Mahoney

This book will help young readers connect between Gandhi’s ideas and contemporary issues like bullying, “reduce, reuse, recycle”, civil rights and others, through the leader’s personal anecdotes. Kids can also learn about how Gandhi inspired other notable leaders and activists including Martin Luther King Jr and Malala Yousafzai, to name a few. Publisher: Chicago Review Press

I Am Gandhi (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos

This book highlights the traits that create heroes-something that kids today can aspire for-with a timeline and brilliant photos. I Am Gandhi focuses mainly on the icon’s peaceful revolution to gain independence. Publisher: Dial Books

Who Was Gandhi? by Dana Meachen Rau and Who HQ

This book explains who Gandhi was-his education and personal -and what he stood for, a symbol of peace and freedom. Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Be The Change by Arun Gandhi

This book narrates how Arun Gandhi, fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, learns to overcome the habit of wasting things and how it affects others. He understands the truth of his grandfather’s words, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi

Through a uniquely personal tale, supported with three-dimensional collage paintings, Arun Gandhi tells us how his grandfather Gandhi taught him how to turn every darkness into light. Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Junior Lives: Mahatma Gandhi by Sonia Mehta

This illustrated book traces the trajectory of the Mahatma, from being a renowned leader to a social reformer and finally a powerful nationalist, helping readers know the Father of the Nation better. Publisher: Penguin Books India

The Story of My Life by MK Gandhi

This abridged autobiography narrates how a shy student, who was once on his way to becoming an Englishman, eventually becomes the Mahatma, inspiring millions of people. Publisher: Scholastic

Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B McGinty

Gandhi’s Dandi March, which took place between March 12 and April 6, 1930, played a crucial role in India’s quest towards independence. Gandhi, followed by a number of marchers, walked from Sabarmati Ashram to the coastal village of Dandi to produce salt without paying tax. Publisher: Amazon Children Publishing

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