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15 Best Children’s Books to Read with Your Kids at Home

15 Best Children's Books to Read with Your Kids at Home
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Foster Your Child’s Imagination – 15 Best Story books for Kids

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”– Albert Einstein

Books are a gateway to literacy. The whole world opens to a kid when he starts reading. Reading books can spark imagination, curiosity and develop a child’s brain to understand the world around it. To gravitate kids towards reading one must take the help of story books specially designed for kids. Here in this article, you will be able to get a list of some of the best story books for kids.

Why are books important for kids?

Books play an important role when it comes to the development of a child. Reading books not only develops literacy skills but also improves concentration and focus. Furthermore, reading books sparks imagination, curiosity, social and communication skills. Child learns to value others’ opinions. Reading story books helps ease emotions and feelings for children. Along with that, it enhances language development in kids. There are countless benefits that one can gain by reading books. It helps in the overall development of a child.

How to choose best story books for kids?

“Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.”– Art Spiegelman

In general, if your child is a beginner then get them some comics as it will help in building interest for reading. Later, you can switch to some beginner friendly story books in which the language is easy to understand, stories are short and engaging as well as related to life. Once they develop an interest for reading, you can step up to offer them some off the beat story books to induce imagination, curiosity and reasoning.

Below is the bifurcation of some of the best storybooks for kids according to their age.

How to choose best story books for a 1 year old?

If your kid is an independent reader then you can get them books that are easy to handle. For this board books, textured books, flip books, touch and feel books and books with buttons that make sounds can be considered. Make sure the books picked have big colourful illustrations. 

And, if you are reading books for them then you can pick paperback books with strong illustrations and one liners or rhymes that your kids can imitate along. This will help in recognition and language development.

How to choose best story books for toddlers?(1 to 3 years)

In this age, your child will probably have more fun singing songs, saying rhymes and doing activities along with reading. Sometimes your child might enjoy these activities more than reading.

Toddlers have short attention spans. Choosing short story books that have pictures and illustrations on every page with little text can be a great choice for toddlers. Also, choose the books that are predictable with repeated text and rhymes.

You can begin reading aloud to your infant as soon as you like, and the earlier the better if you are reading books to them. Your child will like being carried in your arms, hearing your voice, experiencing rhyme and rhythm, and viewing visuals.

How to choose best story books for 3 to 5 years (pre schoolers)

Story books for preschoolers are a lot of fun. From alphabet books to folktales and fairy tales, books with short stories and colorful illustrations are sure to pique the interest of readers in preschool age. Additionally,exquisite images in the books can engage pre readers.

Feel free to choose picture books with lengthier sentences and words if you are reading to your kids. It’s not necessary for kids to comprehend every word. Let them handle everything naturally. Additionally, you can purchase storybooks with a moral.

How to choose the best story books for 6 to 8 years old?

Children of this age have a wide range of reading levels. Till now, they must have developed a taste for reading. They might have a favorite author that they love to read. Story books offering fiction and nonfiction can be picked at this age.

If your kids are not too much into reading then offer them storybooks that can make them laugh, are full of adventures, or are just so exciting they have to keep reading to find out what happened next. Reading story books at this age will help your child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.

The growth and development of a child’s mental health is greatly influenced by stories. They provide a rewarding environment for kids to practise reading while also developing their language and creativity. So, let’s dive into the list of some of the best story books for your kids that are worth reading.

1.The Very Hungry Caterpillar

best story book for kids

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a colorful and bright children’s picture book written by Eric Carle. The book is designed with mesmerizing illustrations that are captivating enough for young learners. The book features a very hungry caterpillar eating foodstuff, getting bigger day by day and emerging as a beautiful butterfly with wings of orange, purple, yellow, cherry pie and green colors. This story book includes counting, days of the week, and butterfly’s life cycle which contribute to juvenile education. This is one of the best story books for kids of the age group of 0 to 3 years as it is bright and colorful and also introduces the child with the concept of metamorphosis.

Language – English
Number of pages – 24
Age Group – 0-3 years

2. 101 Panchatantra Stories for Children: Colourful Illustrated Stories

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Panchtantra Story Book For Kids

A compilation of 101 edifying short stories that are short and relavant. The stories are easy to read and provide kids with important life lessons. If your kid is not used to reading long story books then you should give a try to Panchtantra story book for kids. These stories were originally written 1000 years ago. Each of the story written has an intent of cultivating social, moral and cultural values to the kids in an effortless way. Your kids will inculcate a feeling of sensitivity towards others. Panchtantra is a treasure trove of short stories that you should have for your children’s library.

Language- English
Number of Pages – 64
Age – 3 to 8 years

3. Grandma’s Bag of Stories: Sudha Murthy
What’s better than grandparents spinning tales around animals and mysterious characters? This story book by Sudha Murthy is none other than that. A book of Indian cautionary tales for children. Language of stories is lucid and simple that makes the reader enjoy the book even more. Not only will the stories entertain your children but also educate them with simple life lessons. The book is designed to keep in mind the children’s interest. Colorful illustrations in between are beautiful and quite engaging for young readers.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 176
Age group – 6-11 years

4. Great Stories for Children : Ruskin Bond

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Great Stories for Kids by Ruskin Bond

A delightful collection of short stories by Ruskin Bond is much loved among children who are inclined towards reading. If your kid is a voracious reader, then this is the best story book for your kid. The stories in it are 5-10 pages long. This story book includes stories of India which makes it quite relatable and understandable. We won’t recommend this story book for kids who just developed an interest in reading. This is not the best best story book for beginners.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 200
Age group – 7-11 years


5. Animals Tales From Panchtantra: Timeless Stories for Children From Ancient India

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Animal Tales from Panchatantra

Panchatantra has been a part of Indian folklore for many centuries and continues to enchant young readers even today. A six-tales book that aims at guiding young readers about conduct of life, sensitivity towards human nature and mantra to attain success in life. Filled with moral values and colorful illustrations this book is much loved among kids. Inclusion of animal characters makes it quite enchanting for the readers. This is one of the best story books for kids who have just developed an interest in reading.

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Language ‏- English
Number of Pages – 84
Age group – 2 to 5 years

6. The Kid Who Came From Space

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The Kid Who Came Form Space

If your kid is one of those kids who is always curious to know about space and tech then you can undoubtedly add this story book in your cart. It is a wonderful book to read. The language of the book is lucid. The story in the book revolves around an adventurous journey to space. The flow of the story is quite good for middle-aged readers. Moreover, the essence of sci-fi and mystery in the story makes it even more interesting to read. The story is going to teach the readers that even in the darkest phase of our life, we should have faith in our abilities.

Language – English
Number of pages – 416
Age group – 4+

7. Story book for kids: 365 Tales from Indian Mythology

Indian Mythology Story book for Kids

Tales from Indian Mythology : Stories for Kids

In the time of diminishing culture, kids are unaware of the rich Indian culture and mythology which makes this a valuable addition in your child’s library. Illustrated with colorful images, this is a story book with 365 popular mythological tales. The book includes some popular tales of Savitri and Satyavahan, sacrifice of Bhishma to the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and much more which can be an ultimate source of motivation for life. Not only will these folk tales create awareness among kids about our past but also teach them valuable life lessons, strengthen their emotional intelligence, and inculcate a sense of appreciation for Hindu culture. This is one of the best story books for kids to introduce them to Indian literature.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 232
Age – 7+

8. Charlotte’s Web (A Puffin Book)

 Chatlotte's web story book for kids

Charlottes web : Story Boook For Kids

A classic that will never go. Yes, if you want to instill a sense of compassion in your child then this can serve the purpose. The writer has fabricated the story in the most fascinating way. It is a must read for all age groups above 8. Charlotte’s web is a single story book which has a very clear moral to it that friendship is very important.It’s a simple book of unlikely yet profound friendship between a lovably naive pig and a clever, kind spider, and the selfless sacrifices they make to keep the bond of love alive. This is the best story book for kids to instill a sense of selfless love and compassion for others.

Language – English
Number of pages – 272
Age : 7+

9. The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)

The Cat in the hat story book for kids

The Cat in the Hat : Best Story book for beginners

Let your kid indulge in the joy of reading. The Cat in the Hat is a story book for kindergarten kids who have just started reading. The story has an inimitable rhyming language.The rhymes in it are simple and easy that can be easily read or sung along. Vibrant and beautifully bound characters of the story book makes it a great addition to your child’s book rack. The best thing about this book is that there are ample illustrations to keep the budding readers engaged.

Language – English
Number of pages – 64
Age – 3 +

10. Peppa Pig: Little Library Board book

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Peppa Pig Little Library – Mini Story Books

Indulge your kids in reading by giving them these cute little Peppa pig books. These sturdy books fascinate the budding readers to read more and more. It is a collection of 6 small board books which makes it a perfect collection for your kids. These charming story books are ideal for preschool children. The Peppa Pig range of books are fun, interactive and educational, and encourage children to start to read by themselves.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 60
Age- 2 to 4 years

11.The Illustrated Stories Of Akbar and Birbal

15 Best Children's Books to Read with Your Kids at Home

Akbar and Birbal stories for kids

A beautiful compilation of stories by Akbar and Birbal. One of the most popular folklores of India has been cherished by all irrespective of their age. Giving us some amazing life lessons about wit and wisdom, this story book for kids has 20 stories with colorful illustrations. The stories written are simple, easy and connected to life. Stories are based on the theme of loyalty and friendship.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 80
Age- 4 to 8 years

12. Blossom Moral Story Book For kids

Blossom story books for kids

Blossom Story books for Kids

Filled with moral values, this story book for kids is a must have for their bedtime stories. Short & sweet moral stories are ideal to help you put your little one to sleep. The book consists of 31 moral stories with colorful pictures to add a fun element and to induce imagination. These books are a perfect kick-off point to the creative and artistic side of your kids. The big, bold font and lucid language makes it a perfect option for your kids. The publication of Blossom Moral Story Books for kids offers three story book series of Part A, B and C.

Language – English
Number of Pages- 32
Age- 2 to 5 years

13. The Gruffalo

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The Grufallo : Storybook for kids

This award winning series of books is a must have for your kids. The Gruffalo is a modern classic. It has a rhyming story of mouse and a monster that has found its way to our hearts and will continue to enchant the future generations. The language and illustrations are engaging enough to keep the readers going. It comes with a beautiful redesigned cover, thick laminated papers which are water and dust-proof. The Gruffalo is also available in regional languages like Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil.

Language – English
Number of Pages- 32
Age- 3 to 5 years

14. The Story of Ferdinand

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The story of Ferdinand : Storybook for kids

The story of Ferdinand is one of those story books which have a powerful message to give to your children. This classic encourages the readers to choose the right path. A path that brings peace and satisfaction and not the one that only brings power and popularity. The story induces the social and emotional development of a child making it an ideal choice for pre-school children.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 32
Age – 3 To 5 Years

15. The Gingerbread Man

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Who doesn’t love a classic like the tale of the mischievous gingerbread and the havoc he causes among the people around him? An enchanted story book full of morals. It is a fascinating story book with wonderful illustrations and is among the most beloved story books for kids.The story stresses on never giving up on your dreams even if the world is against you. Children of any age can enjoy this story.

Language – English
Number of Pages – 24
Age – 3+

 

During a reading session with your child, you can create a special bond by snuggling together. After opening a book to read aloud, you can dive into a story that will create a memory your child will treasure for a long time

Make a routine and try to read a story everyday. A reading chair where you’re both comfortable can become part of your reading routine. And, it’s completely okay to read the same story again and again if your child loves it. Turn off the TV or radio, put your phone on silent, and find a quiet place to read so your child can hear your voice. If you are reading to toddlers,try out funny noises and sounds – play and have fun. Involve your child by encouraging talk about the pictures, and by repeating familiar words and phrases.

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