13 Must-Read Children's Books

Books & Nooks

Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are. We bring you a list of 13 books you must read before you turn 13! This list is curated by The Writer's Bug.

'The Lonely King and Queen' by Deepa Balsavar
This book narrates a fascinating story about a lonely king and queen. The book is written like a bedtime story and has surprising elements of humour. It teaches children important family values and has been published in eight different languages. 
Recommended Age: 4+ years
Published by: Tulika Books
Price: Rs 95

'I Am Going!' by Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant and Piggie the pig are best friends. And although they are the exact opposite of each other, they still get along. Then one day Piggie goes and ruins a perfect day by telling Gerald she is going away. Grab the book to find out more.
Recommended Age: 4+ years
Published by: Harper Collins
Price: Rs 566

'My Abuelita' by Tony Johnston
This book is about Abuelita (meaning 'grandmother' in Spanish). Her hair is the colour of salt and she has the most beautiful voice. Apart from being a grandmother, she is a storyteller too. Read the book and find out more about Abuelita and her grandson.
Recommended Age: 4+ years
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books
Price: Rs 845

'Icky Yucky Mucky' by Natasha Sharma
This book brilliantly describes the concept of acceptable behaviour and hygiene. It's a story about Maharaja Icky, the ruler of the kingdom of Ickhtarpur, who is the most disgusting king you could ever meet. The story is filled with humour and gets the reader hooked.
Recommended Age: 5+ years
Published by: Zubaan Books
Price: Rs 195

'The Princess With the Longest Hair' by Komilla Raote
This is the fascinating story of Princess Parineeta, who has the longest and most beautiful hair in the kingdom. Read the book to find out about her journey to the mountains and all the people and animals whose lives she touches on the way.
Recommended Age: 5+ years
Published by: Katha Books
Price: Rs 120

'Nabiya' by Chatura Rao
This book is about a simple girl called Nabiya who is a sincere student in Savita teacher's story class. She is so attentive that she hardly even blinks during class. The book is filled with beautiful illustrations that evoke Nabiya's world through an interesting splash of colours
Recommended Age: 6+ years
Published by: Tulik a Books
Price: Rs 150

'Matilda' by Roald Dahl
This book narrates the story of Matilda Wormwood, an intelligent girl who loves books. However, growing up is not that easy as she has to deal with indifferent parents and a lazy older brother. Read the book to find out how Matilda's life turns from ordinary to brilliant as she discovers her special powers.
Recommended Age: 8+ years
Published by: Penguin Books
Price: Rs 299

'My Facebook Friends' by Kavita Singh Kale
As the title suggests, this book is inspired by the phenomenon of social networking. It contains diverse stories from countries across the world India, Nepal, Kenya and more. The book encourages children to explore connections between cultures, places and people.
Recommended Age: 8+ years
Published by: Tulika Books
Price: Rs 200

'Charlotte's Web' by E B White
This book is a classic children's novel about a pig named Wilbur and his friend, a spider named Charlotte. Find out what happens after Charlotte gets to know that Wilbur will soon become someone's dinner.
Recommended Age: 8+ years
Published by: Penguin Books
Price: Rs 250

'Mayil Will Not Be Quiet' by Sowmya Rajendran and Niveditha Subramaniam
Mayil, a spirited 12-year-old girl, finally has the chance to say all that she wants in her diary and become the most-wanted 'Mayilwriter'. Join her as she gears up to complete a novel that doesn't know where it is going. She has many stories to narrate and the process of writing them is full of confusion, spontaneity and honest recitation.
Recommended Age: 10+ years
Published by: Tulika Books
Price: Rs 150

'Elephants Never Forget!' by Anushka Ravishankar
This book carries a story about a lost baby elephant that is captured by a of buffaloes. It narrates a joyful tale with brightillustrations. 
Recommended Age: 10+ years
Published by: Tara Books
Price: Rs 538

'The Right To Be' by Zena Sohrabjee
This book is a powerful and unique attempt to introduce children to their rights. With its simplified content and engaging stories, the book creates the right amount of awareness on human rights. Each of the chapters is followed by useful exercises that can be used by parents to engage children. It also comes with excellent illustrations.
Recommended Age: 12+ years
Published by: Vakils, Feffer & Simons Pvt Ltd
Price: Rs 350

'Sethu Learns to Smile' by Vinitha Ramchandani
This book is a tale of a young boy named Sethu who hated the world after he lost his father and the home he lived in. However, in a sudden turn of events, Sethu meets a young girl who tells him about the magic of a smile.
Recommended Age: 12+ years
Published by: E C Media
Price: Rs 99