Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Here are some books on the lovable god Ganesh that your children can read.
Stories of Lord Ganesh fascinate most children. On Ganesh Chaturthi, we bring you a list of some interesting books that narrate stories about your children’s favourite elephant god.
Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes (Age: 5+)
This book revolves around Ganesh’s immense love for the traditional sweet laddoo. He, however, becomes upset when his tusk breaks off on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo. It is then that Vyasa comes to his rescue. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters and offbeat humour, this book is a wonderfully inventive twist on the classic tale of how Ganesh came to pen the epic poem Mahabharata, dictated by the sage. (Published by Chronicle Books)
Lord Ganesha’s Feast of Laughter by Meera Uberoi (Age: 7+)
This book comprises 23 stories about the lovable elephant-headed god, with a rollicking sense of humour. These tales of Lord Ganesh include old mythological favourites, like the stories around his birth and how he got his elephant head. Alongside are little-known tales dug up from ancient texts-how Ganesh created the tabla, how he stopped Ravana from becoming all-powerful, how he raced around the world without moving an inch, and how he swallowed Vishnu, Brahma and Lakshmi in one big gulp. Each illustrated tale is told with sparkling wit. (Published by Penguin Books)
Amma Tell Me about Ganesha by Bhakti Mathur (Age: 5+)
Bhakti Mathur’s series titled Amma Tell Me is an informative collection of children’s books that introduces the young readers to the major Hindu festivals and figures. Written in rhyme with vivid, captivating illustrations, this series brings Hindu mythology to its readers in a fun and non-preachy way. This book on Ganesh revolves around how he and his elephant head came to be. (Published by Anjana Publishing)
Ganesha: The Wonder Years by Sourav Dutta (Age: 3+)
This book brings you the adventures of Ganesh, the mischievous elephant god and his amazing friends. Early adventures of Ganesh’s childhood are delightfully brought to life in the first book of a new series of legends for younger readers. (Published by Campfire Graphic Novels)
Ganesha’s Mousecapade by Swamini Supriyananda (Age: 4+)
This book is an adaptation of a story from the Puranas that illustrates how turning to Lord Ganesh is a surefire way to reduce our negativities, and how, a transformed individual can carry Ganesh’s grace to one and all. This makes one of the subtlest concepts in Vedantic philosophy easy-to-understand and enjoyable. Designed for a universal audience, it captures deep mystical concepts in a magical way that children can appreciate and absorb easily. (Published by Chinmaya Prakashan)
Ganesh and the Little Mouse by Anjali Joshi (Age: 3+)
This heartwarming tale of true friendship and love between Ganesh and Little Mouse, as they participate in the annual around-the-world race, is a modern take on the Hindu classic. The illustrations in the book are colourful and eye-catching. The language is lucid and easy to read with a toddler. (Published by Mascot Books Inc)
Vyasa’s Mahabharata by Chitra Krishnan (Age: 5+)
It’s the story of how Vyasa, the sage who is considered to be the narrator of Mahabharata, persuaded Lord Ganesh to be his scribe. The story is presented in a very comical way. The author has used simple words to explain the problems faced by Vyasa and Lord Ganesh and how they arrive at mutual conclusion. (Published by Tulika Books)
Ganesh by Subhadra Sen Gupta (Age: 4+)
This book is a fun retelling of some of the popular legends of Ganesh. The stories are accompanied by beautiful illustrations, and are sure to appeal to every child. The four stories in the book include How Ganesh Lost his Head, Ganesh Loses a Tusk, Ganesh Versus Karthik, and Ganesh Curses the Moon. (Published by Rupa Publications.)
Ganesha by Namita Anand (Age: 3+)
This book is a collection of 10 wonderful tales of everyone’s beloved elephant-headed god, retold in a fun and readable style. (Published by Scholastic)
Amar Chitra Katha (Age: 6+)
This brings you a collection of fascinating tales about Ganesh and his family. Read out these stories to your kids on Ganesh Chaturthi this year.