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November 14 is Children’s Day and we ask authors what they think children must absolutely read

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November 14 is Children’s Day and, amid all the song and dance, we thought we’d ask authors what they think kids must absolutely read

Anu Kumar

November 14 is Children’s Day and we ask authors what they think children must absolutely read

Just William by Richmal Crompton: The first in a collection of over 35 books featuring 11- year-old William Brown. For all the orderliness and placidity that a sedate English village conjures up, William thrives on anarchy and chaos, keeping everyone around him on tenterhooks. William’s unusual ways of reasoning and fantastically conjured plans make a mockery of everything he sees as pompous, staid and too conventional.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle: The play-off between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson that, as I soon realised, was a staple beginning of most Holmes’ stories was instantly engaging, as was the eerie, foggy atmosphere of the moors haunted by that ‘gigantic hound’ that Doyle described in such detail. Later as a writer, Conan Doyle’s evocation of atmosphere and setting still serve me as valuable lessons.

Anu Kumar’s latest book is Kings and Queens of India

 

Paro Anand

November 14 is Children’s Day and we ask authors what they think children must absolutely read

Flyaway Boy by Jane D’Suza Gopalakrishnan: A tender, fabulously funny and challenging book. Although it is such an easy read, it stops you dead in your tracks with empathy and self-reflection.Year of the Weeds by Sidhartha Sharma: Who would have thought that a book on bauxite mining could be so riveting? Let alone for teens. But that is what the author manages to do with a very personal story that draws you in and does not let you go. Paro Anand’s latest book is Being Gandhi.

 

Anushka Ravishankar

November 14 is Children’s Day and we ask authors what they think children must absolutely read

 

Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay: This is the first book in a series that follows the madcap Casson family. Like all of Hilary McKay's books it's full of characters you never want to let go of, and the story is funny, heartwarming and sad all at the same time.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge: This is a middle-grade novel, but I think it can be read by anyone at any age. It’s set in a fantasy world but is deeply political and full of exciting twists. The characters are deep and complex and the writing is superlative. Frances Hardinge is an author whose every book needs to be read!

Anushka Ravishankar’s latest book is Tail Tale.

 

Jerry Pinto

November 14 is Children’s Day and we ask authors what they think children must absolutely read

I don’t believe in books for age groups so here are my favourites.

Laxmi the Water Buffalo Who Wouldn’t by Mehlli Gobhai: A lovely picture of rural India with illustrations by one of our finest artists.

Our Incredible Cow by Mahasweta Devi: You have to read about this cow! How now brown cow?

The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath: Such a funny warm lovely book. And it is by Sylvia Plath?!

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl: Just how much can you laugh?

The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear: For reading out loud, for rhythm, for laughter and a deep faraway sorrow, like a bell.

Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar: Actually, anything by Anushka Ravishankar. She's a great writer for children.

The Other: Stories of Difference by Paro Anand: Paro Anand goes where other writers fear to tread.

A Cloud called Bhura by Bijal Vaccharajani: This is a great way to introduce children to climate change.

Swami and Friends by RK Narayan: I absolutely love this book. It is funny and it is real and it is warm.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien: Because Tolkien is Hobbit-forming and he is a magnificent writer too

Charlotte’s Web by E B White: My eyes still get wet when I think of the end of the book.

Jerry Pinto’s latest book is Tickle Me, Don’t Tickle Me: And Other Poems for Magnificent, Turbo-Loaded, Triple-Charged Children

 

Ranjit Lal

I don't like the term age appropriate but here are some authors whose books kids should read:

Gerald Durrell: Rosy is my Relative has been written for children. And of course all his other books too.

Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows' was a long-time favourite

Paul Gallico: The Snow Goose and his other books.

Ranjit Lal's latest book is 10 Animals You May Never See in the Wild

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