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Go Mommy’s Roopika Sareen Lists 5 Books To Read To Your Children Before They Turn 10

1. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

A perfect book for the tactile, kinesthetic learner! This simple but brilliant book demonstrates, in a three-dimensional way, how mistakes are a thing of beauty. Simple mistakes that all children make (spilling, staining!) can be turned into an opportunity for creativity. I recommend this book to parents as well- because as a parent it is equally important to know how a child’s weakness or shortcomings can actually be made into there strength.

2.  Panchtantra Tales

The English adaptation of the Hindi Panchatantra tales is one of the must-read books for children to foster emotional intelligence and empathy while learning valuable life lessons. Every fable, character and plot comes with a practical real-life scenario and ways to tackle the same. The best part of Panchtantra tales is that stories are catchy and interesting as much for a 2-year-old as for a 10-year-old. These stories are often great communication starters as well with the child. Do try it out once!

3. “I Am” Series – Ordinary People Change the World

This beautifully illustrated series of inspiring fun biographies is a perfect pick for children 4 years and above age. Each book focuses on the traits that made our heroes great, the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of the world’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos of the person as well. From Gandhi to Neil Armstrong, from Walt Disney to Albert Einstein-  there’s one for every child in this series.

4. An Awesome Book of Thanks! by Dallas Clayton

Inspired by the idea of being thankful for all that you have, An Awesome Book of Thanks! is a beautifully written, fantastically illustrated walk through a world of magical unicorns, robotic dinosaurs, and all of life’s simple moments, great and small. Crafted for children ages 0-1000, this timeless story is sure to be an instant classic, at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how beautiful life can be.

5. The Invisible Boy by Mary Feliciani

This is a children’s book about bullying that happens in the school environment. It focuses on teaching one very important message- don’t treat people as if they are invisible. It’s done very well and gets the point across very clearly.

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