Ever so often, gangs of children hang out at the library, enthusiastically discussing their favourite, must-read books. It is wonderful to see their excitement about new books, and we eagerly await their feedback and comments. We also often end up buying books for the library that they tell us about and spread the love for those books. We asked some children what their reading highlights for last year were, and here is a collection of reviews of books that struck a chord among the children. We are happy to note that most of these books are from Cosy Nook Library!
Cosy Nook Library Members’ Best Picks of 2017
1. Boyhood Days by Rabindranath Tagore
An amazing book which has spellbinding language, lovely descriptions of India with simple stories that can influence one’s childhood.
Omkar, age 12
2. A Children’s History of India by Subhadra Sen Gupta
This is a very interesting book about the history of India from ancient times till India after Independence, along with fun facts and nice illustrations.
Soham, age 12
3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My highlight series of the year was Eragon because it is not only about the main character but about everyone around. It has dragons, dwarves, elves, werecats and of course, humans. It is a must read for all the fiction lovers.
Smriti, age 13
4. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
It encourages you in subjects mostly taken by boys.
Milli, age 10
5. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman, Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven is an amazing book and should be one of the top 5 books. If you like Harry Potter, please read. Five Kingdoms is an epic series (for now only one book). MUST READ BOTH THESE SERIES!
Hritwik, age 10
6. Midnight Gang by David Walliams
A very heart-warming book. Shows kindness between children. One should learn to be caring to very sick people. Enjoyed it very much, was touched by it.
Sneha, age 11
7. The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong by Shweta Taneja, The Graveyard by Neil Gaiman
(Ghost hunters) A scary and fun book . I enjoyed this book because of the way she describes the characters. I loved the book.
(Graveyard) It is about a boy named Nobody Owens. I loved the book because the way Neil Gaiman writes is very fun to read for me.
Lara, age 10
8. Our Nana was a Nutcase by Ranjit Lal
It is a very heart-touching book. A perfect book for someone who loves and enjoys Ranjit Lal books.
Dhwani, age 14
9. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid was very interesting, creepy, mysterious oh! and AWESOME. Recommended for people who like Percy Jackson. I think they have to read it.
Shubh, age 9
10. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer is very interesting and describes Magnus’ life and adventures through the world tree, how he defeated Surt, and how he stopped Fenrir from escaping his prison with the sword of summer.
Daksh, age 10
11. Wonder by R J Palacio
Should be read by all people who are about to start middle school. A very FUN story and all who love life between ages 8-12. Awesome book! 🙂
Avi, age 10
12. Manya Learns to Roar, Shruthi Rao
A thought provoking book on dealing with a disability (stammering) done with humour and insight. It is a good story with a memorable main character and will have the reader rooting for Manya to roar louder!
Sudeshna, age withheld, librarian
13. Ammachi’s Glasses by Priya Kuriyan
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is priceless! With no text, but absolutely hilarious illustrations, you can have endless fun following Ammachi’s misadventures when she misplaces her glasses.
Anitha, age withheld, librarian
14. The Gita for Children by Roopa Pai
My pick for a book that was both impactful, yet fun to read is Gita for Children by Roopa Pai. Roopa manages to make Bhagvad Gita an easy read without losing sight of its spiritual or cultural significance. I will recommend this book for children of all ages.
Radhika, age withheld, librarian