“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon,” said Brandon Sanderson, an American writer.
Reading story books in a classroom not only encourages children to learn, but it also help them improve their reading and comprehension skills. Here are six books that you can read out in a classroom.
The Jataka Tales were written in 300 B.C, with the intention to increase knowledge and morality in mankind. The original Jataka Tales is a collection of about 550 stories which have been translated into many different languages and made into colourful and enjoyable story books.
These tales are grouped as Jataka Tales: Elephant Stories, Jataka Tales: Stories of Courage, Jataka Tales: Stories of Wisdom etc. They are published as picture books by Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited.
Cost: 50 INR.
2. Malu Bhalu
Malu Bhalu is a story about a young female polar bear Malu, who lives in the North Pole. When she sets off to see what is beyond the sun, she gets separated from her mother. Her reunion with her mother forms the crux of the story.
This book which is written completely in rhyme, by Kamla Bhasin makes for a delightful read. It is published as a picture book by Tulika Publications.
Cost: 80 INR
The ‘Panchatantra’ is a renowned collection of moral tales and stories which were composed by Vishnu Sharma.
The five principles which are illustrated in the Panchatantra are ‘Mitra Bhedha’ (loss of friends), ‘Mitra Laabha’ (gaining friends), ‘Suhrudbheda’ (causing discord between friends), ‘Vigraha’ (separation) and ‘Sandhi’ (union). Different stories portray these principals.
Some popular Panchatantra stories are The Foolish Lion and The Clever Rabbit, The Musical Donkey, The Monkey and Crocodile etc.
The Panchatantra Tales are available as a series or singly and are published as picture books by Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited.
Cost: 50 INR
4. Ekki Dokki
Ekki Dokki is a Marathi folk tale about two sisters, Ekkesvali and Dhonkesvali. Ekki had only one strand of hair on her head and Dhonkesvali had two strands of hair, which she was very proud of. She also always bullied Ekki, because Ekki had only one compared to her two.
Fed up with Dokki’s bullying, Ekki runs away into the forest. There because of her helping a thirsty plant and a starving cow, she is given long and beautiful hair by an old woman. Jealous of Ekki’s hair, Dokki also runs into the forest. However, she helps nobody and as a result, even her two hair fall off!
The book which is written by Sandhya Rao and illustrated by Ranjan De are published by Tulika Publishers.
Cost: 85 INR
The Tales of Tumku are a collection of stories about a little lion cub know as Tumku, who lives in the forest along with his friends. The Tales of Tumku are available as a series of book, with each one focusing on a different story involving Tumku and his friends.
The Tales of Tumku are available as a series or singly and are published as picture books by Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited.
Cost: 60 INR
The Adventures of Suppandi are a collection of funny short stories about a boy named Suppandi who is not too bright and is always getting into some kind of trouble or the other with his many employers, because of his stupidity. While the Suppandi stories don’t necessarily have any moral meaning behind them, they are always fun to read and are sure to get a laugh or few out of your class.
The Adventures of Suppandi are available in two volumes and are published as picture books by Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited.
Cost: 110 INR
What kinds of stories do you like reading out in your classroom? Tell us about your favourite children’s books for classroom reading in the comments section below.