Book List – Age 8+

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,

Go throw your TV set away!

And in its place you can install,

A lovely bookshelf on the wall."

Roald Dahl

These books should be available in any good bookshop or online. Some of these are timeless classics for any age. The age wise categories are only suggested – some children read higher than their years.

I have deliberately left out some titles and authors that may currently be the rage especially with Bombay kids – it’s important we put other stuff on their plates for them to taste and try.

Also impossible to list ALL books – for sure many gems have been left out. This is just a sampling. Your suggestions are welcome. We will be adding to and updating this list frequently.

Good Websites to browse for Children’s book titles:


Also parents going abroad to the US – Any Newbery Medal books you can pick up would be great! These are special award winning books for children highly prized in the US.

Myths Legends and Epics – Indian and also World myths – Greek and Roman specially - these are a MUST for all children, to sensitise them culturally and to develop their imagination – any good edition. Roger Lancelyn Green rewrote some. RK Narayan’s Ramayan and Mahabharata, Tenali Raman and Akbar and Birbal stories, and Mulla Nasruddin tales – all these – in story make delightful reading.

Mums and Dads - snuggle up with the kids and read aloud some of these!!

Ruskin Bond:

The Blue Umbrella

The Kashmiri Story Teller

Escape from Java and Other Tales of Danger

Getting Granny’s Glasses

Mr Oliver’s Diary

Rudyard Kipling: The Jungle Book

Kate Di Camillo: The Magician’s Elephant

Joan Aiken: Mortimer and Arabella stories

Anjali Raghbeer: Barefoot Husain

C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia – Set of 6 – Read in order

E. Nesbit:

The Railway Children

The 5 Children and It

John Steinbeck: The Red Pony

Zai Whitaker:

Kali and the Rat Snake

The Boastful Centipede and Other Creatures

Cobra in My Kitchen

Suniti Namjoshi: Aditi and Her Friends series

Ken Spillman: Advaita the Writer

Jamila Gavin: Danger by Moonlight

Sudha Murthy: Grandma’s Bag of Stories

Michael Morpurgo: Cock a Doodle Do! (and others)

Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking

Vikram Seth: Beastly Tales from Here and There

Natasha Sharma:


Icky, Yucky, Mucky!

Oxford University Press Series:

The Children’s Premchand

The Children’s Tagore

Premchand: Kazaki and Other Marvellous Tales

Norton Juster: The Phantom Tollbooth

Geeta Dharmarajan: Days with Thathu

Devdutt Pattanaik: Many in a series - his retelling of Indian myths and stories is v readable for today’s kids

Anushka Ravishankar: Moin and the Monster series

N. Masud: The Mynah from Peacock Garden

Scharada Dubey: Monkeys in My Backyard

…….Will be adding more in the next few days!

Read at least 4 titles from this list, and fill in attached Book

Report Form for each book you read.

Keep in touch and Happy Holidays!

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Ruskin Bond.