BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Children’s literature consists of an exciting and wide range of books, published and written especially for young readers. In the years before printing was invented, people ‘heard’ stories from good story-tellers, because there were no books. They retold these stories to their young ones in the form of lullabies, songs, nursery rhymes or ballads.
One of the first picture books for children was a textbook in Latin called the Visible World in Pictures.
In 1697, a collection of eight stories was published for children in France. Of these eight, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Puss in Boots, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, were greatly loved by all.
In 1860, an English painter by the name of Edward Evans brought out children’s books with illustrations in color. These books were known as ‘Toy Books’ as they were a collection of nursery rhymes made for the very young.
Given blow is a list of some of the best books which are recommended for 10-11 year old children.
Annie and the Old One: An Indian girl tries to prevent her grandmother’s death and learns a beautiful lesson.
The House of Sixty Fathers: The valiant search of a small boy and his pet pig for his family in war ravaged China.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: Rats learn to read, write and think in the course of a laboratory experiment.
Dragonwings: A young Chinese Boy helps his father to build a flying machine.
James and the Giant Peach: Young readers are transported to fantasy land inside a peach, with the hero of the story, James.
Pippi Longstocking: the adventures of a 9-year-old girl who lives with a monkey and a horse.
The Wind in the Willows: A humorous tale of river life.
A Wrinkle in Time: Three youngsters are transported to a remote planet.