Best Children’s Books

Children’s literature had its inception in the 17th century AD. Before that, books were written only for the adult audience. By children’s book, we mean books that are easily understood by kids. There is a never ending debate by the UN about children’s literature. People still do not know till what age to categorize people as children. Literally, people below 18 years of age are supposed to children, but not all books are meant for people in their teens. Thus, roughly we can categorize children between the age group of 4-10 years. Now with books like Harry Potter series and The Twilight Saga becoming extremely popular among all age groups, there still exist books that are only meant for a niche audience. Best children’s books include:

Books

  • Stories or Fairy Tales from Past Times with Morals (Histoires ou contes du temps passe) – Charles Perrault laid the foundation of children’s stories in France in the year 1697. His collection of stories is believed to be the first ever book for children that were penned down. The basic theme of these stories was mainly didactic with Christian preaching. Popular stories from his collection include Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, and Cinderella. The tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella by and large share the same crux. All these deal with young girls who meet obstacles in their path and through sheer honesty and hard work achieve their goals at the end. Though, in these three stories there aren’t any goals as such, but these three girls in their own world do manage to live happily ever after. The story of Puss in Boots is slightly different from the rest. The crux here is about how this cat goes about looting people through trickery so that his master can woo a princess. The moral of this story is about how materialistic the human world is.
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Two German brothers called as Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm began writing fairy tales in German. It has been translated into English and have gained wide spread popularity. Most noted tales include – Snow White, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel. These tales revolved around the similar theme of the evil witch trying to harm young children. This basically reflected the scenario in the 19th century Europe when it was written. Pagan religions were not being accepted and in order to spread Christianity, people were actually claimed as witches and burnt alive. These tales were a mode of instilling Christian values in the hearts of children. Tales from this book and the book on morals are still published even today and various versions of it are available in the market.
  • The Jungle Book – Written in 1894, it is a collection of short stories written by British laureate Rudyard Kipling. The illustrations in the book have been done by Kipling’s father. The tales in this book are portrayed in an anthropomorphic fashion that have moral values attached to them. The crux of the book is about a human baby named Mowgli and his friends who are animals. Despite of being a human, how this boy grows up amidst the animals in the jungle. The other characters include Bagheera the panther, Baloo the sloth bear, Kaa the Indian python etc. the book has been made into comic books and a lot of television serials and movies have been made on the same.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name of Lewis Carroll wrote this novel for kids in the year 1865. It is considered to be a fine example of literary nonsense. The story begins with the protagonist, a young girl named Alice falling down into a rabbit hole. Thus, her adventure begins. Throughout her adventure, she encounters weird characters with bizarre personalities. Some characters include the rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, the Duchess Etc. the book is believed to contain a lot of symbolism. Apparently, the rabbit hole was supposed to be the stairs of the Christ Church in London. There are many more. Alice’s adventures have been an all time favorite among the kids. The weird characters were indeed fascinating, especially the way they talked. The dialogues were written carefully. It was full of wit and subtle humour. The sequel to this book is called ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ which did not gain much popularity among the kids.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Written by Roald Dahl in the year 1964, the story revolves around the protagonist Charlie inside the bizarre chocolate factory of chocolate master Willy Wonka. Roald Dahl was known to write from the point of view of a child. Thus, this book is an all time favorite of not only kids, but also young adults. The way the chocolate factory has been described in the book will surely make you feel hungry.

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