5 great summer reads for your kids: Get them hooked to fantasy, comics and nonfiction
We bring you a round-up of the latest children’s books that would make for enjoyable summer reading.books Updated: Jun 22, 2017 07:45 IST
If you are worried about the excessive amount of time your kids spend online or in front of the television, reading might be a healthy habit to encourage. It’ll help your children exercise and develop their imagination, and improve their expression. There is a wide variety of genres you can pick from depending on your child’s interest. If you are looking for books to get them started or new recommendations, this list is for you.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
This is an unusual book in many ways. To begin with it is nonfiction and without any princesses, talking animals or magic. It contains brief biographies of one hundred women achievers across ethnicities and nationalities – from scientists, athletes, activists, warriors, writers to pirates and so on.
The stories of courage and of an unwavering faith in yourself are accompanied by stunning illustrated portraits of these extraordinary women from Lakshmi Bai to Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Serena and Venus Williams, Mary Kom, the Bronte sisters and so on. The authors, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, say they were tired of the gender stereotyping so common in children’s stories and cultures across the world and wanted to change that with this book.
Wimpy Kid Double Down by Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney’s hugely popular Wimpy Kid series follows the mad adventures of middle-schooler Gregory Greg Heffley and his siblings and friends. Though the witty and humorous books are set in middle school and navigate the challenges of growing up, the books – written in a diary format and illustrated – are for both children and adults. In the 11th book in the series, Greg gets it into his head that his life is being secretly filmed as TV show and his family are androids. Fun begins when he sets out to prove his crazy theory.
The Adventures of Stoob: Mismatch Mayhem by Samit Basu
Illustrated by Sunaina Coelho, Samit Basu’s comic adventures of fifth grader Subroto Bandhopadhyay aka Stoob – often compared to the Wimpy Kid series – are about the trials and tribulations of the pre-teen world.
In Mismatch Mayhem, Stoob goes on a vacation to Thailand with his family and that of his BFF Ishani. On his return he reflects on the year gone by and the changes it has brought with it. His relationship with his best friend Rehan also comes under strain over a common love interest.
Monkey Trouble and Other Grandfather Stories by Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond is hugely popular with kids, and this collection brings together three of his stories in a comic book format (illustrated by Priya Kuriyan). There is one about a pet monkey who creates trouble, and another where a boy must save his village from a wily eagle. The third is about nurturing a tree that becomes immortal.
Rick Riordan’s The Dark Prophecy
The second book in American author Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series – The Dark Prophecy – continues Apollo’s journey in the modern world. After he is banished by his ill-tempered father Zeus to live in the form of a 16-year-old in modern-day New York (the first book), he sets off on a quest. He must make new friends and restore the Oracles that have gone dark and will help him regain his immortality and his father’s favour.