Looking for some books that will keep your kids all hooked up? Why don’t you pick a few good ones that came out in recent years. Now when this year is bidding us adieu, let’s have a look at some of the best children’s books that have some won ‘pats on their backs’ for their fascinating plots and interesting themes. The list below includes books that became a hit among the youngsters in 2011-12 and are still going pretty well.
Never Fall Down (by Patricia McCormick): A heart-rending story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a nine year old child oblivious to the hardships of life until Khmer Rouge comes to power in Cambodia. And from that point he only sees around him excruciating pain, torment, violence, hunger, diseases and killings. When Arn is asked to join the league of crime perpetrators (soldiers), he has no alternative to hold out.
Me…Jane (by Patrick McDonnell): Based on the life of conservationist Patrick McDonnell, the book is story of a young girl named Jane Goodall and her childhood toy, Jubilee, a chimpanzee. Jane, while still in her early years, wants to love a life helping all animals out there. She is surprised when her dream indeed becomes true.
Inside Out and Back Again (by Thanhha Lai): One of the best children’s books that speaks about the wartime and the lives of people torn amidst it. Ha has been living in blissful city of Saigon for ten years and one day, her life is all changed: the city has fallen to Vietnam War and her familyhas now to move to Alabama. The story captures feelings like pain and healing very well.
Tia Isa Wants a Car (by Meg Medina and Claudio Munoz): The book bespeaks of sentiments and warmth that one feels for his family. Tia Isa wants a car for her family. But to have one, she has to have enough money. All that she and her niece earn is consumed in making the two ends meet for their family members, let alone buy any object of luxury. Is she able to fulfil her dream? Buy the book and find the answer.
A Ball for Daisy (by Chris Raschka): Portrayal of love you have for your close ones and the grief when you lose them is what the story is based on. This bestseller explores the melancholy of a girl named Daisy when her best-loved ball is torn by a dog. The writer, by means of various illustrations, has carved out girl’s love as well as her anguish very well. Add this to your list of must haves children’s books.
The Running Dream (by Wendelin Van Draanen): Inspirational and thoughtful, this Schneider Family Book Award winner book tells the moving tale of Jessica who is a runner and loses her leg in an accident. She is unable to come to terms with the fact that she will have to walk with a prosthetic leg from now on. With support of her family, friends, and coach, she hopes to run again, but that alone is not soothing for her…This one definitely stands out among top children’s books.
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars (by Katherine Marsh): Jepp’s attempt to escape from prison is foiled and he is handed over to serve a new master, a renowned astrologer. His master inspires him to unravel the secrets written behind the stars and change the path of his destiny. The theme is drawn from the life of real historical characters. You will find the book both thrilling and exhilarating.A must read for all the youngsters who are looking for some inspirational children’s books.
Wonderstruck (by Brian Selznick): Curious, romantic, and wonder tale of two teenagers, Ben and Rose who dream of finding things that have been missing from their lives. On Rose’s mind is an actress about whom she has been peening down in her scrapbook. Ben is desperate to know about his father about whom he has never seen. The tale takes interesting turn when their lives, set years apart, surprisingly seem to be interconnected.
As new generations of readers emerge, this list of classics will inevitably keep them engaged.
Here is a short-list of top 10 classic books for 2014:
- Happy Birthday to You — by Dr. Seuss
- Where the Wild Things are — by Maurice Sendak
- Harold and the Purple Crayon — Crokett Johnson
- The Lorax — by Dr. Seuss
- Where the Red Fern Grows — Wilson Rawls
- The Hundred Dresses — Eleanor Estes
- Miss Rumphius — Barbara Cooney
- The Runaway Bunny — Margaret Wise Brown
- Horton Hears a Who — Dr. Seuss
- Fantastic Mr. Fox — Roald Dahl
These books and more can be easily availed via online bookstores on attractive discounts. You place your order online and the books shall reach you right at your door-step.