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Children’s books are truly engaging and perfect for developing kids’ reading skills. Bring home a bunch of the best children’s books that are so intriguing that your child is going to love each adventure they encounter in all these stories.

These recommendations contain book series, individual books, and book sets suitable for teens and young kids. Check out our top picks here.

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1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket is a young boy who lives with his mother, father, and grandparents in a tiny wooden cottage. While wandering on the road, he finds a golden ticket that changes his life forever. He, along with four other kids, visit the magnificent chocolate factory run by Mr Willy Wonka. Full of fantasy elements like rivers full of chocolate, candy canes, secret squirrel agents who check the quality of nuts, and the mysterious Oompa Loompas, this book is a treat for kids aged six to nine years. An entire book about chocolate, yes please! Your child is going to treasure reading one of the best children’s books for a long time.

Age: 6 years and above

Formats Available:

  • Paperback
  • Kindle
    Audiobook

2. Great Stories for Children by Ruskin Bond

Great Stories for Children by Ruskin Bond
Great Stories for Children by Ruskin Bond

This anthology has a collection of the most popular short stories written by Ruskin Bond. It contains more than 15 stories that feature characters like Toto – the monkey, a python who loves how he looks, a mischievous ghost, young children stranded in a storm, and various other characters that intrigue the kids. This book is suitable for kids of eight years and above. It has multiple short stories that can be read during reading sessions every day, or even better would be picking this as one of the best children’s books for a good bedtime read.

Age: 8 years and above

Available Formats:

  • Paperback
  • Kindle
  • Audiobook

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3. Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This book chronicles events that take place in the dream world of a little girl named Alice. As soon as Alice falls asleep, she dreams of a talking and walking rabbit who takes her through a rabbit hole to discover the world of vanishing cats, a tea party where time stands still, and many more fantasy worlds that intrigue the kids. This book is suitable for kids aged six years and above. It also has big beautiful illustrations that helps the child understand every narrative a lot better. Let your kid’s imagination take off with this wonderful classic.

Age: 7 years and above

Formats Available:

  • Paperback
  • Audiobook
  • Kindle

4. Harry Potter Book Set by J K Rowling

Harry Potter Book Set by J K Rowling
Harry Potter Book Set by J K Rowling

We can’t talk about the best children’s books without mentioning the legendary Harry Potter series, can we? This boxed set contains seven books from the series, perfect for kids aged eight years and above. These books revolve around a central character – Harry, who lives with his uncle, aunt, and cousin in Little Whinging. He is looked down upon by them and is kept locked in a tiny cellar. But his life changes when Hagrid from the best school for wizards visits him. Harry is invited to join the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn and perform spells. Then, he begins his journey to become one of the most courageous wizards who banishes the dark entity that must not be named.

This book has a gripping plot and numerous supporting characters with a strong appearance throughout the narrative.

Age: 8 years and above

Formats Available:

  • Paperback
  • Hardcover
  • Kindle

5. The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Written by one of the best children’s author of all time, the Secret Seven or Secret Seven Society is a fictional group of child detectives created by Enid Blyton. The gang, namely The Secret Seven, consists of Peter (the society’s head), Janet (Peter’s sister), Pam, Barbara, Jack, Colin and George. They hold regular meetings and organize things to do, whether it’s helping the community in some way, solving mysteries that turn up, or just having fun playing Red Indians in the woods. If you’re looking for the best children’s books for detective stories, this one surely tops the list.

Age: 9 and above

  • Formats Available:
  • Paperback
  • Kindle

6. Percy Jackson: Complete Series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson: Complete Series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson Complete Series by Rick Riordan

This series contains all five parts from the first series – Percy Jackson and The Olympians. It revolves around the life of a 12-year-old demigod – Percy, who is diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. On a school trip to Manhattan, he discovers that he is more than just a human being. His mom Sally Jackson has known this ever since and is now worried about his security. Percy, Sally, and his friend Grover visit Long Island, where one of the most powerful monsters in Greek mythology – the Minotaur, attacks them. What once were mythical characters from ancient stories for Percy are now coming to life in front of his eyes. Where will his destiny lead him?

This fantasy adventure series is based on Greek mythology and is one of the most popular children’s books available.

Age: 10 years and above

Formats Available:

  • Paperback
  • Audiobook
  • Kindle

7. The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

One of the most loved classics, The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, is a story about a compassionate moneylender. Bassanio is a Venetian nobleman who wishes to woo a wealthy heiress Portia. To contest with other suitors, he needs 3000 Ducats. For this, he approaches Shylock – a Jewish moneylender who gives him the required amount. Bassanio loops his friend Antonio who promises to pay his loan off. On failing to repay the loan, Antonio is asked to give a pound of his flesh as compensation. Will Bassanio be able to save his friend from this deal.

This book has multiple meaningful quotes, a list of themes, and a question bank, making this book suitable for kids of eight years and above.

Age: 10 years and above

Formats Available:

  • Paperback
  • Hardcover
  • Kindle

List of Best Children’s Books to Keep Kids Productively Engaged

Best Children’s BooksPrice
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRs 238
Great Stories for Children by Ruskin BondRs 140
Alice’s Adventure in the WonderlandRs 86
Harry Potter Books Set Rs 2716
The Secret Seven by Enid BlytonRs 450
Percy Jackson Rs 1380
The Merchant of VeniceRs 86
*Prices are subject to change without prior notice

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