7 classic kids books every kid must read before they turn 15!

Boy sitting on a bag on the grass reading a book.
Reading enriches life!

Inculcating the habit of reading in your kids is one of the best gifts you can give them. Introduce them to the top classic kids books and stories. Whoever said that there is no friend as loyal as a book wasn’t lying. The kind of books your kids read will have a direct effect on their upbringing and sets up the foundation for their outlook in the future. The best way to get your kids interested in reading is with kids comics, but as they grow older, give them better books. 

We have curated a list of the top 7 top classic kids books you should get your children to read before they are 15. Not only will these books entertain your kids, but they will also teach them values about life and friendship.

1. Charlotte’s Web- This popular children’s novel published in the year 1952 is a classic every kid should read. The story of the pig Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider is not only heartwarming, but it also teaches lessons of friendship and loyalty.

This is a cover image of the book ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White. Childrens story book.
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White is a classic tale

2. Oh, the Places You’ll go by Dr. Seuss- While we love all of Dr. Seuss’s books, we are partial to this one, which also happens to be the last by the author. This picture book with its fun rhymes is sure to keep your kids engaged while teaching them to overcome life’s problems.

This is a cover image of the children's book ‘Oh, the Places You’ll go!’ by Dr. Seuss.
“Oh, the Places You’ll go!” By Dr. Seuss

3. The Complete Adventures of Curious George- This is one of the best children’s books to have been written. The book talks about the adventures of a little monkey named George whose curiosity knows no bounds. The illustrations in the book makes it a good read for young kids.

This is a cover image of the children's book ‘The complete adventures of Curious George’ by Margaret and H.A. Rey.
“Curious George” is a character worth learning from as a child!

4. Tales of Tenali Raman- If you are looking for a fun Indian book for kids, look no further. Tenali Raman was a special advisor in the court of Sri Krishnadevaraya and was well known for his wit and humour.  The books usually contain short stories of Tenali Raman and can be found online and in local bookstores.

This is a cover image of ‘Tales of Tenali Raman’. Cautionary and logic-driven stories for children.
The evergreen “Tales of Tenali Raman”

5. Oliver Twist- Most of us were introduced to this amazing book in school as a part of our reading exercise in school. This book by Charles Dickens is appropriate for kids over the age of 10, it deals with serious issues and hypocrisies of life. The book will help your child understand the hardships faced by certain sections of society, helping them build empathy and awareness.

This is a cover image of ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens
The classic “Oliver Twist”

6. Grandma’s bag of stories- Authored by the renowned Sudha Murthy, this book details the special bond between a child and their grandparents. The collection of grandma’s stories are entertaining and educational. This book is not only an amazing read for your child but is also befitting for adults who want to relive their wonderful childhood.

This is a cover image of ‘Grandma’s bag of stories’ a collection of classic stories for children.
“Grandma’s bag of stories” by Sudha Murthy

7. Matilda- This novel by British writer Roald Dahl follows the story of a super-smart girl named Matilda. This book teaches your kids how to stand up to bullies and believe in themselves. The book has also been turned into a movie, but we definitely suggest reading the book first before watching the movie.

This is a cover image of ‘Matilda’ a classic children's book by Roald Dahl.
Matildaby Roald Dahl

These are just a few of our top picks for classic kids books. If you loved this collection, you should check out our collection of moral stories for kids.

Does your kid love reading? What is your kid’s current favourite book? Let us know in the comments section below!


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