Top 10 Children’s Literature Books

 

Children from a major part of the readership of books worldwide. Children’s fiction is one of the oldest genres in the publishing business and is still booming. As childhood is a phase of imagination and creativity, many authors have tried their hand at creating different worlds and ideas for their young readers.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

First of seven books, it deals with a boy named Harry whose destiny is to be a great wizard at a magic school called Hogwarts. Together with his friends Ron and Hermione, he explores the school and embarks on an adventure fight some dark forces that can take control of the school.

Read it For:
The book has memorable characters which you'll surely never forget. This ranges from Harry's friends to the gentle giant Rubeus Hagrid and even Harry's owl, Hedwig.
Don't Read it For:
If you're looking for a light and simple fiction.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a different world altogether, and JK Rowling's brilliant writing would teleport you to this world. It's also one of the 10 best-selling children's literature books.

The Cat in the Hat

Two kids are alone at home and bored till a mysterious cat-like figure in a red hat appears and wrecks havoc in the place in his attempts to impress the kids with his tricks.

Read it For:
There are many different words and phrases that Dr. Seuss himself invented. This was meant to create a language different from the boring school primers that children have to study.
Don't Read it For:
The characters can be too bizarre and unusual for some young readers. This is a typical characteristic of Dr. Seuss's works.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Cat in the Hat is a bold book as it redefines old conventions in children's literature.

Swami and Friends

Tales of Swami, a lost carefree boy and his adventures (or rather misadventures) with his friends in the small town of Malgudi. It's a fictional settlement in South India created by author RK Narayan. It is probably one of the most popular children’s literature books in India.

Read it For:
The naive and innocent characters of the book would make you remember how simple childhood days are.
Don't Read it For:
The stories don't have a concrete storyline and focus more on descriptions and character sketches.
What makes this book stand out?:
Apart from being a brilliant work on childhood, Narayan's Magnum Opus also gives a deep insight into Indian rural life

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice slips through a rabbit hole to a whole different world (aptly titled Wonderland) where she meets several quirky characters like the Mad Hatter and a Dodo.

Read it For:
Lewis Caroll gives us simple humor which can be enjoyed by all ages, whether it is Alice drowning in a sea which is created by her own continuous crying or the Mad Hatter's dialogues.
Don't Read it For:
If you're looking for sense. Nothing in Lewis Carroll's weird twisted fantasy makes any sense.
What makes this book stand out?:
Imagination is the biggest gift the human mind can have. This is shown in a simplistic yet deep manner.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The every day in the life of Greg Heffley and his family. It mainly explores Greg's attempts at fitting in mainstream middle school society.

Read it For:
The funny illustrations along with some classic classroom jokes.
Don't Read it For:
The diary style chapters are very casually written to suit modern readers. Therefore those looking for fine literature won't be satisfied.
What makes this book stand out?:
The character of Greg Heffley is your normal everyday middle school going, student. Therefore he has universal appeal and can be relatable to many.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Immortalized by the July Garland musical, this timeless classic is about a Kansas girl called Dorothy being lost in a fictional world called Oz. Trying to find her way back home, she makes friends like a scarecrow, a lion, and a tin man.

Read it For:
It teaches strong values of friendship and trust among children.
Don't Read it For:
The scenes after the main antagonist (a witch) are no longer in the book, they seem a bit dragged.
What makes this book stand out?:
Dorothy wants to get back home. The tin-man wants to feel love. The lion wants courage. Basically, it gives the message that we all want something or the other, but for that, we need to strive.

Where the wild things are?

Not only one of the best children’s literature books, this one goes down as one of the best-illustrated books too. Maz is an energetic boy dressed in his wolf costume, who is sent to his bedroom. From here, he is taken to another realm where he meets creatures called the “Wild Things.”

Read it For:
a Strong tinge of imagination and how it helps to think better.
Don't Read it For:
There are deep interpretive themes throughout the small picture book. So it takes some patience to fully appreciate it.
What makes this book stand out?:
Writing a story that is influential for years and is just of 338 words, that is pretty remarkable!

Charlie and the chocolate factory

Charlie, a boy from a lower class industrial family in London, gets a golden ticket to visit the chocolate factory belonging to a mysterious and weird figure called Willy Wonka.

Read it For:
The description of Willy Wonka's Chocolate factor complete with pools of chocolate and the dwarves called Oompa Loompas is bound to amuse you and make you laugh.
Don't Read it For:
For a kid’s book, there are some instances which can get a bit dark.
What makes this book stand out?:
Roald Dahl's masterpiece gives you lessons on how to be humble and good even if at first it feels like a normal story of a kid visiting a chocolate factory.

Charlotte’s Web

The unique friendship between Wilbur, a barn pig and Charlotte, a barn spider. First published in the 1950s, it is now frequently mentioned in any list of children’s literature books.

Read it For:
The funny and heartwarming conversations between the animals might be second only to Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Don't Read it For:
The writing style might get bland for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is magical as well as realistic in its approach.

The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins is a little creature called a Hobbit. His calm life is disturbed when a group of dwarves and a wizard called Gandalf enroll him in their pack to fight forces that threaten the realm of Middle Earth.

Read it For:
The descriptions of the world called Middle Earth and the dwarves are pretty interesting characters too.
Don't Read it For:
The chapters dealing with Battle of the Five Armies might seem cliched now and haven't aged well
What makes this book stand out?:
Bilbo Baggins is probably one of the best underdog heroes in fiction. JRR Tolkien's writing also paved the way for many other fantasy franchises.

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