In our new series #kbcAuthoRity, we will be posting lists of must reads for children of different ages, as shared by kidlit authors! We are happy to initiate this series with Lavanya Kapahi, the author of Kayu’s World is Round!
Lavanya is from Bangalore and is the founder of TheMeStory. Passionate about stories, books and technology, she combines them all to create unique personalised story books for children. She believes the power of stories can empower children to grow into wonderful and effective individuals for a diverse world. As a mother, a children’s book author and an entrepreneur, she juggles her different roles, interests and responsibilities with enthusiasm. Previously, Lavanya worked in the IT industry, both in the Silicon Valley and Bangalore.
All of us have been reading a lot in the lockdown. I’ve been asking around, and luckily everyone has managed to read some amazing books! We asked Lavanya to share a list of must must reads for all of our #kbcChildoos. She was kind enough to email her list in a heartbeat! Enjoy and don’t forget to bookmark this post…
A Chair for My Mother By Vera B. Williams (4-8 years)
A lovely story embodying family and community spirit! The ups and downs of life, through the eyes of a child, is narrated simply and the process of healing, sharing, loving and rebuilding their life together is just joyful to read .
Salt in His Shoes – Michael Jordan in pursuit of a dream By Deloris Jordan (4-8 years)
If you want to encourage your child to pursue his dream and never give up on it, this is the right book! It is overflowing with strength, hard work, determination and faith!
The Ammuchi Puchi by Sharanya Manivannan
This is a moving story dealing with the loss of a loved one and the process of healing. A must read.
You, Me and Empathy By Jayneen Sanders (3-7 years)
One of my daughter’s favourite books! The name says it all!
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth By Rachel Ignotofsky (8 years+)
A gorgeous book to foster curiosity and wonder about our planet. Parent participation required, however, adults would love it too!
The Most Magnificent Thing By Ashley Spires (3-6 years)
This book simply makes you smile as a little girl takes you along on her extremely creative journey of planning, inventing, tinkering and reinventing to make what is in her eyes – THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING!
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse By Leo Lionni (6-8 years)
An incredibly sweet story of friendship, compassion and selflessness!
The Mole and the Baby Bird By Marjorie Newman
This book evokes tender and gentle emotions while subtly exploring the important and rather difficult concept of letting go!
Thank you for this lovely list, Lavanya!
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