Many of us had found solace in books at a very early age, while some of us might have got introduced to this interesting habit of reading at a much later stage in life. In either case, each one of us has read at least one book from the “children’s section” in our life so far. Children’s books are full of adventure, love, hope, exploration, family, friends, imaginary friends, learning, morals, education, and dreams that usually take us back in time when the life was much simpler and where we only had to care about grasping more number of chocolates, looking at dogs, cats, cows, and birds with amazement, hiding our scratches because we feared the scolding more, and later bragging them in front of our friends and attracting sympathies from the teachers.
The children’s novels open the new possibilities and alternate realities to the otherwise restricted dimensions and spheres of life that we live in. They inspire us to dream, take challenges, and risk the little things about life for a much sought for goal. The children who read books from an early age itself understand that every action has a reaction, and they are much better at taking the responsibility of their actions and at facing the consequences of whatever comes to them.
Here is a list of top 10 children’s novels of all time that you should definitely not miss out on, even if you have grown old.
1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Apart from the guardians, a friend is a second most important person in a child’s life. A good friend, equally stupid as you might be, yet a loyal and still smart enough could be a treasure of one’s life so that you two may explore together, share each other’s faults, save each other whenever either gets into a mess, keep each other’s secrets, and be there to defend the other whenever an opportunity comes. This book is about a beautiful friendship between a pig (Wilbur) and a barn spider (Charlotte), acquainting the reader with what a true form of friendship is like.
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
This book can bring a turning point in one’s childhood, introducing a child’s intellectual side to the world of science, individuality, and non-conformity, inspiring bravery, love, and friendship to one’s morals and beliefs at the same time. The clearly defined segments of what is a generic good and evil, introduces compassion and understanding to a child’s growth. The book is suggested to the adults as well to help them recall what one’s concrete rules in life should be.
3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A book that unwinds the confusing world of adults (tauntingly called “grown ups”), giving lessons at the same time on how to grow up well in order to become a better person who is true to himself. This book will help in teaching the lessons that will later help a person to fight the battles of his life with grace and without losing or forgetting his integrity as not just an individual, but also as a human being. At an early age, the small person will learn how to reflect on things and on his actions.
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The book is subtitled as “a story for children”, although the movie adaptation ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ is something meant for everybody. This book is so graceful, magical, out-worldly, and with a deep sense of psychology is something that any child would be tempted to dream about. This book gives an innate sense of magic and thrill, taking a mind to higher yet comfortable zones of imagination. The book is also read as Christian allegory or as a magical fable.
5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Reading this book early in childhood would the best milestone of experiencing reading a book of literary imagination. Alice’s curiosity, dilemma, skepticism, and a desire to explore are sketched very realistically and could be more easily connected with children’s psyche on a generic level. Reading this book will make you wonder if you too might find that other world by following the trail of a rabbit, or maybe a cat even. In this book you’ll read about a well-craved experience that not only takes us to a world we could only dream of, but also teaches the importance of developing your identity, knowing what you want in your life, and taking decisions that mean well to you.
There are of course many other novels that must have made a huge impact on your childhood, the novels that will remind you of the most important time of your childhood. Which is your most favourite children’s novel?
Author: Titiksha Singhal
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