And the year comes to an end! Before you embark on a new year, here's how you set goals for yourself, at least on the reading front! How many books have your kids read in 2019? Are you satisfied with the number? Get your little ones to make a list of their favourites and don't hesitate to revisit them in the new year too!
- Resolve to up the number of books your child has read by at least 20-30%. The more, the merrier.
- Get them to discuss the story with you, after they are done. Their interpretation matters.
- Get them a pen and paper and ask them to write a review of the story as well as draw their favourite scene or character. They will remember the story better then.
- Make reading a ritual with the kids. The bait will soon evolve into the best bonding activity of the day!
So, here's our list of the best books of 2019 – Indian authors curated by us, at Kidsstoppress. But why Indian authors? What makes these books special?
- Indian-author books and stories passed down the generations are more relatable to the young minds as they:
- Helps kids understand our culture better.
- The stories are simple, yet exciting.
- They represent our day-to-day lifestyle.
Go ahead, and add them to your bookshelf and don't forget to subscribe to KSP Book Club to receive age-wise recommendations for your kids straight to your inbox!
Age: 2-5 years
Do you know anyone with a set of dentures? Well, you’re about to be introduced to someone in this book. This tale about the adventures of a little girl and her unique grandmother as they look for Mutthasi’s false teeth is sure to have your child eagerly waiting for what happens next.
It’s time for food! Vibha Surya’s unique illustrations and Sampurna Chattarji’s flair for the hyperbolic bring alive a child’s monstrous imagination alive.
Who Made A Hole In The Chicken Coop?
Who Made a Hole in the Chicken Coop is the story of a young chicken who has big dreams and is trying to get her courage and her foothold to pursue those dreams. Malvika, who has penned this story for kids aged 3-7 years, with ample research on child psychology, takes on the sensitive topic of how parents must and should support their kids along their journey. A mom of two boys, Malvika, who also writes articles on parenting and raising book worms for Kidsstoppress, presents the story as a farmyard mystery, with animals as the protagonists that help reach the children better.
Age: 5-8 years
The zodiac signs are fun to understand and read, even for us, as adults, How do you explain the concept of astrological signs and what each of them stands for to kids? Find out if your kids have the true traits of their zodiac sign in this fun book by Karadi Tales.
The Jungle Radio
We have all tuned into our favourite songs and news on the radio- ever heard of funny and interesting animal noises? Little Gul tunes in to this by chance and what she finds out makes for a great read for your little bookworms.
The Dot That Went For A Walk
This recent book is our favourite, without a doubt. A compilation of 51 short stories for your kids to help inspire them. Not just stories about these amazing women, the book also has some great illustrations that make the whole reading experience joyful for kids. There are 12 activity pages with writing and drawing exercises, memory exercises, quizzes, scrapbook pages and lots more for your kids.
A soulful book, it talks about Fatima’s journey across Delhi and her memories of her mother whose life and subsequent death that colour every aspect of the city for Fatima. The story brings about the tragedy of death and the pain attached to it in a way that is simple for children to understand.
“Why do you keep saying I’m a boy when I’m a girl?” Guthli asks her mother. A simple yet bold story that talks about what gender means and what gender identity is. It encompasses the confusion, happiness and sadness that surround the question of gender identity. The biggest question then is; ‘How will Guthli get wings to be herself, to fly?’
A charming Indian adaptation of a European folktale, this is the story of Rupa Ram. Imaginative and creative but poor he has an unfulfilled dream. The gift of a brand new safa (turban) is exactly what he needs to stitch something for his own family. The book will leave your child with the message of generosity, creativity and innovativeness.
Join Prince Siddhartha as he embarks on a spiritual journey of a lifetime. The story may be known by most but combined with the painstakingly detailed visuals, this is a book that not only will you not be able to put down but will revisit multiple times.
Who said girls don't dream big? Read the story of this inspiring young girl who dreamed big and soared high (literally!). Just the inspiration your young girls need!
Age: 8 years and above
This new release from Payal Kapadia, tells the tale of a princess and a tomboy Keya who just wants to break free and Nyla who now comes to take her place. What happens next? Find out!
Can you name 15 important and successful Indian women? No worries, we’ve got a list of 50 for you. The book traces the awe-inspiring stories of these women, of the struggles that faced and the feats they achieved. It’s a book about scientists, queens, artists, scholars, athletes, and entrepreneurs who have made a name for themselves in a male-dominated world.
In her latest book, Sudha Murthy introduces her readers to the often-ignored world of the goddesses in Indian mythology. You may not be aware of this little tidbit but the gods more often than not turned to their female counterparts to defeat the asuras. They may be few but their stories of valour and unflinching strength fill the ancient texts. Pick up this book to learn more about the Indian goddesses from Parvati to Ashokasundri.
With fart charts and a girl who irons her hair, we’re sure readers will roll with laughter with every story in this book. Lalli and her family are quirky with a dash of kooky. Read this book and join in on adventured filled with mischief, daring, and of course, bucketloads of fun.
A goddess of veggies, an offering of tonic, and the secrets of the universe hidden within a cave. As absurd as it all sounds, these are places and things that actually occur in India and its sacred place. Join Sudha G. Tilak as she takes you on a journey through places where the line between fact and faith are blurred and fiction comes alive.
The right start for your li'l bookworms. The work of a debutant author, Art is a Verb introduces your kids to various key concepts in art in a language and format they will love.
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