Last updated 2 weeks ago by Michael Darmanin
There are good books which are only for adults, because their comprehension presupposes adult experiences, but there are no good books which are only for children.Lewis Carroll
Many of us don’t have the time for our old hobby, let alone the time to develop a new one. Due to our busy schedules, reading books is one such activity which is fading amongst adults. We find it tiresome to flick through long and thick books. As a result, we don’t even pick a book.
Why children’s books? Plenty of reasons to read kid’s tales:
- Firstly, it will take you a trip down the memory lane. Nostalgia Alert: Just remember, how you enjoyed flipping pages of your old beautifully illustrated fairy tale book. The classic fictional characters (e.g. Hermione from Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Matilda etc.) had helped you impart some personality traits. Now as a grown up, the protagonists will amuse with a different outlook and broaden your aspects of life.
- Secondly, it’s the perfect time to form a habit for your children while you are reading. Be it a bedtime story or a picnic; cuddle up with your little ones for reading sessions. You will enjoy the world of imagination through the magic of words. In a few months, it will become ritual. A great way to bond with your young ones.
- Thirdly, those who write for children focus on the characteristics like hope, empathy, kindness, bravery, courage, wit, motivation and love. Written in the simplest manner, complex subjects like bad deeds, evil mannerism and bullying are dealt with utmost simplicity.
- Last but not the least; you will have time for yourself. Grab a cup of coffee/tea and a comfy corner. Love the silence. Read the book at your own pace.
Bonus: 1) If you are learning a new language, try reading children’s books. Certainly, it will give an additional punch to your newly formed vocabulary. 2) A bookshelf will be a valuable inclusion to your interior decor.
Some classic books which adults will enjoy reading:
1. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.
A take on human relationship, loneliness and friendship, this enduring fable will leave a deep and profound mark. Personally, I find it a must-read for grown-ups. I recommend to read the illustrated version of The Little Prince pop-up book. It will enhance your reading experience.
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
No doubt, why Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is famous among children and mine favourite too. We all have wondered the world of chocolate rivers, fountains, candies hanging from the tree and all things chocolate everywhere. Here you go, welcome to the world of Willy Wonka and the journey of five lucky children who gets to explore his factory. The Choco-licious world will surely entice you to have a bite of Choco-bar or go for chocolate making workshops. Here are some chocolate museums you can visit to mimic the experience. To name a few: Cacaomuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands , Chocolate Nation, Antwerp, Belgium, Lindt Home of Chocolate, Switzerland
3. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
Change is the only constant. It is a timeless classic which makes you accept the challenge of change. Accept the differences and the transition we undergo in life. Alice will teach you many life lessons.
4. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
And the boy loved the tree…….very much. And the tree was happy.
If you are introducing your child to books, hand them The Giving Tree. The book will surely teach you most selfless act of love. You will understand the importance of nature, why it needs to be conserved and what they expect at the end is a bit of love and care.
5. The Little Buddha: Finding Happiness – Claus Mikosch
Something bad is always followed by something good.
Away from complexities of life, dive into mental peace with the Little Buddha. This book is not only thought provoking but will also teach the art of simply being happy.
6. Notes from Small Planets: Your Pocket Travel Guide to the Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy – Nate Crowley
Travel is often used as a metaphor for reading, and if you think about it, there are a lot of parallels: we go to places that provide things lacking in our everyday life.Nate Crowley on idea behind creating the fantasy worlds in the book.
Any Sci-Fi Lovers? This is the most engaging book you will ever read. It will fairly take you to the 9 unique worlds ever created out of splendid imagination. A perfect gift for all your nerdy friends.
7. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse – Charlie Mackesy
“Is your glass half empty or half full?” asked the mole.
“I think I’m grateful to have a glass” said the boy.
This heartwarming book on kindness, self-esteem, friendship and hope will remind you of Winnie-The Pooh in many ways. Beautifully written and illustrated; a must read in uncertain times of Covid-19. It will provide a different outlook in the purest form ever possible.
Others books which I equally find readable:
- When the Stars Come Out: Exploring the Magic and Mysteries of the Nighttime – Nicola Edwards, Lucy Cartwright (Illustrations)
- Goodnight Stories for rebel girls – Elena Favilli
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
- Malgudi Days – R.K.Narayan
- The Rusty Series – Ruskin Bond
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- The Dog who Saved the World – Ross Welford
- Winne – the – Pooh – A.A.Milne
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
- The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
- The Train to Impossible Places – P.G.Bell
- How the Onion Got its Layer – Sudha Murty