5 Books I Wish I Had Read As A Kid

Sometimes I read a book and wonder how I would have reacted to it as a kid. There are so many books that I’m late in getting to because unfortunately I can’t read all the books in the world. So this Children’s Day I’m making a list of all the books I wish I had read as a kid.

(Let’s not look into the fact that I’m a tiny bit late, it actually still might be 14th November somewhere in the world…. Bless timezones)

5 Books I Wish I Had Read As A Kid

1. Ritu Weds Chandni

Ritu Weds Chandni is the most adorable and colourful picture book I’ve ever seen! It’s about an Indian wedding where little Ayesha sees her cousin Ritu getting married to Chandni. I had tears in my eyes at how inclusive and beautifully written this story was. Absolutely amazing! This wold have introduced little me to the LGBTQ+ community so much earlier. I wish books like these were around back then. Even now, Indian publishers refused to publish this book and the author had to publish it elsewhere. Sigh. We can only hope things get better.

2. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is definitely one of the best middle-grade books I’ve ever read. I absolutely adore it for its diversity, amazing characters, relationships and the introduction of science fiction to young readers. Even as I was reading it I was wishing I were a bit more younger and in the target audience of the book. Past me would have been obsessed with this book for years, okay?

3. And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three is another picture book that makes me go uwu.

It’s based off two real-life male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who become partners and raise a little chick. Gosh, I love penguins and gay penguins??? I’m dead. This is so freaking adorable, and again, a great way to introduce kids to the normalcy of LGBTQ community. If I were a kid who had this book I would probably read it every single night.

4. Esme’s Wish

I had the luck of stumbling upon Esme’s Wish through a blog tour and god I had such an amazing time with this book. It has an amazing plot, a great cast and oh my god the magic system can make you drool. And the dragons!!! I seriously never got the hype of dragons in the book community but if I had read Esme’s Wish as a kid I’m pretty sure my room would have been decorated with dragons. It’s just a very magical duology that I would absolutely recommend to you whether you’re 8 or 80 years old 🙂

Related Post: Esme’s Wish Blog Tour

5. The Chronicles of Narnia

This entire freaking post might be inspired from the fact that I’m still salty that I didn’t get the Narnia obsessed childhood phase :/

I read the Chronicles of Narnia in 9th or 10th grade which was very late. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the series cause I did. At least the first few books. After that I may have been reading partly to finish off the series. I could just see myself falling in love with all the books if I were a little younger when I read them and knowing that as I read the series was quite frustrating. Someone give me a freaking time machine so that I can go fling these books in little Charvi’s hands.

What are some children’s book you wish you’d read as a kid?

Do you still read and enjoy middle grade or young adult books even if you’re “too old for them”?

What are some middle grade or children’s books you would like to recommend? I’m all ears!

13 thoughts on “5 Books I Wish I Had Read As A Kid

  1. Oh my God, I feel VERY sorry for people who didn’t read the Chronicles of Narnia as kids. My mother started reading them to me when I was three, and they meant the world to me, but I have never met anyone who read them as an adult and liked them. Alas!

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    • Ah I hadn’t heard of that one until I just looked it up. I do enjoy middle grade but I wonder it’s because I’m still a bit young or will I enjoy it as much even when I grow older… Fingers crossed I will!

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  2. Added Ritu and Chandni to my library holds list. That sounds like something I need now. I’ve recently started getting more and more into picture books and it has been such a wondrously joyous experience.

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  3. Speaking with my children’s librarian hat on, Ritu Weds Chandni looks like a must-have book for my community. I will suggest it as a purchase. I was lucky to have read all the Narnia books when I was in grade three. I also don’t think I would have enjoyed them much if I was older. I have many middle grade books I love to recommend! To name a few – The Trials of Morrigan Crow, A Properly Unhaunted Place, Save Me a Seat 🙂

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  4. Ah NARNIA! I don’t think I read the books as a kid, despite having the huge hardback edition containing all the Narnia books (I’ve been meaning to read it one day) but I watched the films as a kid and they were some of my favourites haha. I’ve seen Esme’s wish about and really want to read it cause dragons hehe. I really loved the Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo, it’s such a good series and it has been compared to HP but like >.> pls we are ignoring that comparison cause there’s small similarities like both books take place in a boarding school for instance. Charlie Bone books were my childhood, I miss them, I should reread them soon. I’ve not been reading much MG to be honest, I stopped reading MG around 10/11 when i got super into my vampire/paranormal loving phase. However I do want to read more MG because there are so many good ones out there for my to devour hehe.

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    • Ooooh! I’ve seen the movies too and I think I remember themmuch more than the books only because of the visuals hehe. Omg you’re gonna love Esme’s Wish 😍
      I actually stopped reading mg after Perch Jackson cause my mom would just look at me strangely and ask why I’m reading below my level 🙈 I’m glad that I’m past that mindest though and have been reading more mg and kids books 😊

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