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Seven Books Recommended For Ten Year Olds

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Having a ten year old who is an avid reader is exciting in many a ways. I get to peek into her lovely collection of books and get to be a child with her once more. Here is a list of books, that the two of us have enjoyed reading. These books are suitable for readers in the age bracket of 9 to 12 years.

Fun in Devlok by Devdutt Patnaik

This is one of the best ways to introduce mythology to children. An illustrated omnibus it answers questions based on the epics that curious minds often throw at us. There are six tales from the world of gods and demons. From why river Saraswati disappeared so mysteriously to Gauri’s fascinating conversation with a talking cow, the stories are a delight and give a glimpse into “Devlok”.

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

This is the true story of a little dog called Gobi and his interesting big journey. Dion Leonard was competing in a 155 mile race through the Gobi desert when a stray pup joined him in the run. After keeping pace with him for over eighty miles, the new found friend all of a sudden goes missing in a crowded city. Dion already having given his heart to the little dog is determined to find him. How does he manage to do this? Recommended for every pet loved, this book will win hearts.

The Naughtiest Girl by Enid Blyton

A classic Enid Blyton book that is about school term, friends and all that encapsulates this. Not really a popular one in comparison to Blyton’s other school series, but this book is fun. It has got it all- pranks, laughter and how to deal with situations related to growing up.

The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J. K. Rowling

For all the Harry Potter fans, this book is magical and will delight completely. It is a collection of five enchanting tales of magic and wonder. From the Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump to The Warlocks Hairy Heart, the tales are exciting and enchanting.

Best Friends Forever by Art Sonthalia

A simple tale of friendship that is such an integral part of ten year olds, this book will surely be appreciated. Pari’s little world turns topsy-turvy when a new girl joins her class. All of a sudden everything in her life begins to change. Her seat, her project partner and even her best friend Aditi. How does Pari handle all of these?

The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

The Blue Umbrella is probably one of Bond’s best books for young readers. It explores with near perfection, emotions of a young heart and the way she deals with it. The story is of little Binya who sets her heart on a blue silk umbrella that she sees. She wants it badly and is even willing to exchange her most precious leopard claw pendant for it. Once in her possession, little Binya flaunts it around in her little village. The Blue Umbrella captures the life in a hill village through the eyes of Binya.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

I have saved the best for the last. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is a lovely book that inspires children with stories of 100 heroic women. With illustrations to match the narrative, these stories trade the conventional princess stories with tales of modern women. From Elizabeth 1 to Serena Williams these tales fill the heart with awe and create magic in one’s mind.


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