The best children's books to give on Book Day

The best children's books to give on Book Day

The best children's books to give on Book Day

Book Day is a date of utmost importance for literature. Since 1988, UNESCO has promoted April 23 as a time to encourage reading, the publishing industry, and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. For its part, the choice of this particular period has to do with the commemoration of the death or birth of several authors.

Prominent figures on the international literary scene died or were born on April 22 or 23, such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Teresa de la Parra. Within the movement, One of the most important objectives is to instill the habit of reading in the little ones., in order to develop their cognitive, understanding and critical thinking skills.

These are the best children's books that can be given as gifts on Book Day

From 4 years to 6 years

The thousand colors of the invisible thread (2024)

Míriam Tirado, author of The invisible thread, bring an illustrated album that shows children how to identify the ties that unite us, as well as the best ways to value and care for them. The volume tells the story of María, a little girl who greatly misses her cousin Carla, who lives far away from her. However, she learns that they will always be connected by an invisible thread.

Where the Wild Things Are — Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

Despite having been written several years ago, this title by Maurice Sendak is still very current. The plot follows the life of Max, a rebellious boy who wants to be a monster. One day, his mother scolds him and sends him to his room, which turns into a jungle. After walking for a while, he reaches a coast where he gets a boat that takes him to where the monsters live.

Monsters school (2024)

The last book on this list for younger children culminates with a text by Sally Rippin, designed specifically for teach infants to read. It is a “school” in which the letters are shownin a simple and fun way. The story is told in large letters and through rhymes. Additionally, the volume is complemented by eye-catching illustrations.

From 7 years to 10 years

Winnie the Pooh — Winny de Puh (1926)

This title by AA Milne and EH Shepard It is still on the BBC's list of the hundred best children's books. How can a text so old be so timeless? Perhaps this has to do with the tenderness and ease with which the dialogues can be read - in addition to the quantity of them -, the natural charm of Pooh and the friendship of all the animals that live together in the forest.

Le Petit Prince — The Little Prince (1943)

This book almost needs no introduction, as it is the most famous short novel by the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint Exupéry. It tells the story of a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert. There, she meets a little prince who comes from another planet. Through the narrative, the author makes a social criticism of the world of adults.

Matilda (1988)

Another well-known and recommended book is Matilda, written by Roald Dahl. The story of the brilliant girl with telekinetic powers who takes refuge in Literature Because of her mediocre parents she is very famous, especially for the film directed by Danny DeVito. In particular, this novel focuses on how reading can save people's lives and bring them together to be happier.

From 10 years to 13 years

Harry Potter Saga (1997 - 2007)

The universe of Harry Potter, created by British author JK Rowling, is one of the most entertaining contemporary classics of literature for children and young people. The saga begins with simple language, and becomes complex as the story progresses, so an infant could grow up and live an important stage of his life accompanied by the wizard with the scar.

The Secret Garden (1911)

Written by French author Frances Hodgson Burnett, this novel tells the story of Mary, a girl who is orphaned after her parents die of cholera. Later, she is adopted by Mr. Archibald Craven, her uncle, who welcomes her to the Misselthwaite mansion, which has a very special garden that used to be tended by the master's wife.

Coraline (2002)

Maybe this It is the most extravagant title on the list, both for its theme and its message. Coraline Jones is a little girl who moves with her parents to an old house that has been divided into several apartments. In her apartment, she discovers a door to a world very similar to her own, but full of wonders, where strange versions of her parents and her neighbors live.

How to get children to read more

Generally, Children's book lists are composed of the opinions of adults. In this sense, it is likely that this is an article biased by the purchases that parents make for their children, and does not talk about what the little ones are interested in reading. The motivation for reading varies from one child to another, therefore, it is very important not to impose the activity, but to facilitate it for their pleasure.

It is essential to talk to children, observe them and try to understand what type of readers they could become in the future. Knowing which stories make them curious is the only way that adults will be able to bring children closer to letters. and they will know first-hand what books to give them.

Other children's books that can be given as gifts on Book Day

  • Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, 1865);
  • Pippi longstocking (Astrid Lindgren, 1945);
  • The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien, 1937);
  • The lion, the witch and the wardrobe (C.S. Lewis, 1950);
  • Anne of green gables (LM Montgomery, 1908);
  • Fairy tales (Hans Christian Andersen, 1827);
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl, 1964);
  • Heidi (Johanna Spyri, 1880);
  • The Neverending Story (Michael Ende, 1979);
  • The island of the treasure (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883);
  • Mary Poppins (PL Travers, 1934).

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