23 Jul 2018 | 5 min Read
Anisha Tulsian Bajaj
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Books are uniquely portable magic and they should be able to reflect different and varied ideologies. Here is a quick sneak peek into some power packed books that inspire young minds to be strong and bold – to break some stereotypes and empower!
“Picking five favourite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” – Neil Gaiman
Nevertheless, here is compilation of five power packed books for kids aged 4 to 7 years (and adults who love children books) that we loved reading and we hope you do too!
“Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World,” by Susan Hood and 13 illustrators:
This book is a compilation of artistic and influential poems describing fourteen strong revolutionary women who made a mark. It indeed is inspiring for kids and adults alike to read about Mary Anning, who unearthed a prehistoric fossil at the age of thirteen. Or to read about Ruby Bridges, who helped end segregation in the South at an age of 6 years! Anyone would be in awe with the twenty-one old Maya Lin, who won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create it. Furthermore, the book talks about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappé, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai. These short stories are sure to enthral readers. The author does a stupendous job in creating short poems on each of them that even kids can relate to.
Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoët (Illustrator):
This is one of the most magical books that we have ever come across! The power of writing can no better be explained as in this one. The simplicity with which Malala Yousafzai has written the story of this Noble Peace Prize winner is unparalleled. Young kids can immediately relate to the beautifully drafted inspiring story of this girl who worked very hard to fight for women’s rights, rather early in life. Malala has made significant contributions in the education of women and children in her native, where some local people had at times banned girls from attending school.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch:
The story is about Grace who is very fond of stories. She loves stories of all kinds – stories from books or movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. She just loves to act them out. The illustrations are amazing! Grace takes up the important and central roles in all the various stories she listens to – be it Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spiderman, Mowgli or so on. “The best characters in pantomimes were boys, but Grace played them anyway.” And then it was time for the school play where she wanted to play the lead male character of Peter Pan. Much to everyone’s surprise, she did an outstanding job. The book ends with one of most inspiring lines – “If Grace puts her mind to it – she can do anything she wants.”
Ordinary People Change the World Series by Brad Meltzer (Author), Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator):
This book biography series is an immediate hit with the children. WE CAN ALL BE HEROES – that’s the inspiring message this lovely series give us. Each book in this series talks about the icons and leaders (mostly American) in an extremely child-friendly conversational style. The books in the series include “I am Neil Armstrong, I am Harriet Tubman, I am Sacagawea, I am Gandhi, I am Jim Henson, I am Jane Goodall, I am George Washington, I am Martin Luther King, Jr., I am Rosa Parks, I am Jackie Robinson, I am Helen Keller, I am Lucille Ball, I am Jackie Robinson, I am Albert Einstein, I am Amelia Earhart, I am Abraham Lincoln. Each book is a powerhouse of their inspirational lives.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun:
Having the Courage To Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy (Author), Kim Shaw (Author, Illustrator), Kathy Hiatt (Author, Editor) This book is for kids and adults alike who need to reassure themselves to accept oneself and be what they are. To be kind to others and also to oneself is important. It needs courage to stand up and embrace who you are. Lucy loved ketchup on toast and spaghetti in a hot dog bun. However, she was bullied. Her grandfather taught her to be considerate and kind. He inspired her to feel good about being different and to overcome bullying. Lucy helps the mean boy who had bullied her and feels great about being herself. Indeed a lovely read!
Stay hooked onto books! So, which book are you reading with your child today?
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