Children are generally curious. One thing that can satisfy a child’s curiosity is a good book. The interesting thing about books is that books can arouse more curiosity in children and they can keep learning and searching for a lifetime. While children’s fiction books are in abundance, non-fiction books are not.
In this special Education, Rise of Kashmir sub-editor Irfan Mehraj lists some of the best non-fiction books children can read that can impart and teach great life lessons. The books listed here are both popular and appreciated and should be easily accessible to Kashmiri parents.
1. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This book is classic and timeless. It is one of the most monumental non-fiction books that you could read when you were a child and you can definitely recommend this short book to your child so that he can feel the same emotions while reading this book. The book is the diary of 13-year-old Anne Frank, who writes in her diary about what life was like for her and her family while hiding in Amsterdam during World War II. The book is considered one of the greatest pieces of non-fiction books written about the period from a child’s perspective. The book not only shows young Anne’s youth and energy, but also showcases her wisdom, which was beyond her years. The book also talks a lot about the young girl’s admirable courage and bravery to hold on to her spirit during the war. It is a must read for your children.
2. I am Malala by Malala Yousufzai
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in history. These memoirs of her tell the inspiring story of her resistance to the Taliban and her struggle for her right to education. By defending her right to education, Malala has inspired thousands of girls around the world who are struggling to educate themselves. It is an inspiring book that teaches us, especially children, that age is just a number. One can have great wisdom regardless of age and Malala is exactly that. The important lesson to take from the book is that you can be as young as 13 but you can still make a difference in the world. Do not hesitate to offer this book to your children on their birthday.
3. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba
This book is a remarkable story about human inventiveness and its absolute power to overcome adversity. Such is its beauty, the book will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change their community and improve the lives of those around them. The story is about William Kamkwamba, born in Malawi, a land where magic reigned and modern science was a mystery. The land he lives in is blighted by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity are hard to find. But not for William. When he reads about windmills in a book called Using Energy, he dreams of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those who surround it. His neighbors may have laughed at him and called him misala – crazy – but William was determined to show them what courage and ingenuity could do. It is a book that can teach us how passion can go a long way in making a useful contribution to the world.
4. Vashti Harrison’s Little Dreamers
For children, models are very necessary. Role models help shape their lives in a positive direction and this book is full of role models. Each one-page biography delves into the lives, achievements and legacies of iconic women around the world, ranging from writers and artists to inventors and scientists. These are characters that children will love to read about and be inspired by. Whether kids identify with environmental activist Wangari Maathai or architect Zaha Hadid doesn’t matter because each female leader in the book will help kids realize that they too can grow up and do something great. amazing in their life. This is an essential and easy to read book for children.
5. Charlotte Milner’s Book of Bees
Bees are fascinating. We all read about them when we were kids. This book, quite colorful with excellent graphs and charts, will open the child’s mind to the very complex and fascinating role of the bee. The book teaches children how this species talks to each other about what it takes to become a queen bee and how bees make honey. Bees come across as nature’s hardest workers and by reading this book children could learn lessons about developing a strong work ethic.
6. Neo Leo by Gene Barretta
Leonardo da Vinci was a fascinating man. And this book is just the right way for kids to learn about him. Considered a true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci was a man who came up with ideas for inventions that would only materialize years later? The book shows that Vinci thought of ideas that were invented much later. From contact lenses to cars and robots, da Vinci has thought of everything. The book is important because it introduces children to one of the world’s greatest thinkers.
7. How does my house work? by Christine Butterworth
This is a book for children who keep asking themselves questions and who are very curious to understand how everything works in your home. This is a book for children asking how and you have to scramble your head to find the answers. The book is full of pictures and would satisfy the curiosities of all children around the house, for example, how exactly do we get electricity and water. One of the best features of the book is that it can teach you things about your home and how things work around your home that you may have taken for granted.
8. Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
Every child is probably familiar with the famous Winnie the Pooh bear, but has anyone wondered about the non-cartoon bear? This book is an answer to that question. It’s a wonderful book about how a veterinarian, Harry Colebourn, rescued and adopted a baby bear, named her Winnie, and eventually brought her to London Zoo, where she met a little boy named Christopher. The book is adorable and really enjoyable.
9. Mae among the stars of Roda Ahmed
This is a classic non-fiction book about how determination can turn imagination into reality and is an essential quality for getting things done in life. It is a wonderful children’s book and it is considered remarkable throughout the world. The book follows the journey of Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space. The book tells how she achieved her childhood dream of soaring among the stars. This is a truly splendid book about real-world experience.
10. Rita Lorraine Hubbard’s Oldest Student
A bit serious in spirit, this book is the real deal though. It’s about slavery and how real-life adversity can sometimes give you life’s best lessons even though you’re old. The book is a biography of Mary Walker, a real woman who was born into slavery and learned to read at the age of 116. This inspiring biography encourages a lifelong love of learning for young readers. The book also teaches us about American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. The book is considered one of the greatest non-fiction books written by a black author. The book also contains illustrations. Read it for its subject matter and depth.