When I watch my child decide on the book we are going to read next, I can’t stop but reflect on my childhood. I quickly go into a reminiscent space where I recall the books that I used to pick for my parents to read for me. A lot of good memories were built then, and I have come to realize that it’s important that she reads some really important life-changing books that will help in molding her outlook towards life. Books that leave behind a positive message.
Kate DiCamillo once said, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” I couldn’t agree more. Reading should be inculcated in your child’s everyday life as something fun and exciting. Remind them that for some minutes in the day they can let their imaginations run wild and enter other worlds.
So based on that I have decided to compile a list of 9 life-changing books that I feel are a must read for all kids! Ready, Steady, Read!
- Mahatma Gandhi For Kids And Beginners by Shalu Sharma
This book gives you some insight into who Mahatma Gandhi was and what he stood for. What he did with his life and who his family was. If you want to know about the life-changing work he did for humanity, this a good book to read with your young ones.
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
What a lovely read! This book is about a 10-year called Auggie whose goes to school for the first time. What makes him different is that his face is startlingly malformed. This book will tug at your heart, will leave you laughing and in tears. It will teach you a thing a two about judgments, compassion, and humanity.
- Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World by Garth Sundem
If you would like your child to learn about courage, bravery and character then this book will tick all those boxes. A fun, children-appropriate book that looks at the inspiring tales of 30 kids around the world who have done some pretty amazing stuff and changed lives drastically.
- A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
This heartwarming book teaches about how love is at the center of the family. It doesn’t matter what the family looks like or who is part of the family. This is one of the most popular books that looks at the dynamics of adoption for children.
- Awesome Book of Love! by Dallas Clayton
In this loving book, Clayton describes the different types of love that exist in the world. Enjoy the loved filled journey!
- How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath, Mary Reckmeyer, and Maurie J. Manning
If you would like your child to learn about the importance of their actions then this book will get the conversation started. The book talks about how everyone has an invisible bucket and that you are either filling it or emptying it throughout the day with positive or negative things. You are also constantly filling and taking from other people’s buckets. This concept is explored through a powerful metaphor.
- I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, David Catrow
This spectacular book reminds children that they need to love everything about themselves. A spirited, reassuring, high-energy book that will leave the little ones in good spirits.
- The Invisible String Hardcover by Patrice Karst, Geoff Stevenson
This book is specially written to help children deal with being apart from those they love. Be it due to death, distance or anger, it reminds us that love will keep us connected continuously. An ideal book that deals with handling bereavement as well.
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss
Feeling a little in the dumps? Dr. Seuss will take care you. Finding a little bit of gratitude, taking a moment to look at what you have and not dwelling on what you don’t have or what seemingly looks like a terrible day will turn your day around. Dr. Seuss knows how to make it all better.
There you go, folks! 9 Amazing books that I feel that every child should get their hands on. After all, we are raising powerful little beings, it is paramount that we support them along the way, and a really good positive book will do that.