10 Best Children’s Books to Build their Imagination

Today we have bought some best books for children’s imagination where many authors have painted an entire world to welcome young readers to the world of reading.

P.s: Dear adults, don’t restrain yourself from reading these beautiful books!

children's books on imagination
Best Children’s Books on Imagination

P.s: All the books are not arranged in alphabetical order because they are rich in imagination! And we hope the child within you jumps out of the box!

So let’s get started: Here are the best Children’s books on Imagination :

#1 The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

About The Book

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling; children's books on imagination
The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Title: Ickabog

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 290

Type: Standalone

Reading age: 9+ years

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

It is said that a mythical monster lurks on the outskirts of Cornucopia, posing a threat to the kingdom.
The story perfectly packs human wickedness, corrupted government officials, poverty, suffering, etc., and how they use the fear of monsters for their benefit. But, eventually, it conveys that kindness and unity can break the evilness altogether. J K Rowling made the tale very lucid and showed kids as the Heroes. In short, it’s a miniature replica of our current world scenario using vivid imagination.

Why do we recommend this book?

Ickabog, a fairytale of today’s reality, the way it is narrated is astonishing and spell-bounding, capturing throughout till the end. Like the Harry Potter series, there is an impulse to read this entire story in a single breath. Her way of storytelling keeps me engrossed with a vivid imagination. In the end, every adult reader will be with the question of whether we have to show the real world to kids or not? I felt this was a rebellion book put across the children in the well-framed fairy tale about the harsh reality of today’s world, giving the image of establishing kindness in the young heart for a kinder world.

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#2 Why is My Hair Curly? by Lakshmi Iyer

About The Book

Why is My Hair Curly? by Lakshmi Iyer; children's books on imagination
Why is My Hair Curly? by Lakshmi Iyer

Title: Why is My Hair Curly?

Author: Lakshmi Iyer

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Publisher: Red Panda 

Pages: 148

Type: Standalone

Reading age: 8-12 years

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

This is the story of Avantika, who has thick curly hair and wishes to have straight hair like other family members. Her family bonding, school life, and many questions weaved beautifully. She has so much of questions in her mind. This story is not only about curly hair; there is much more depth to it. She befriends a mysterious Paati, an old lady in a park. Their daily encounter adds more depth to the story.

Why do we recommend this book?

I enjoyed this story written by Laxmi Iyer. A heartwarming tale portrays the daily life of a school-going kid, Avantika, and her disappointment with her curly hair. It took me on a nostalgic ride to school days. The language is simple, keeping in the mind of readers set up in the South Indian backdrop. A beautiful tale of self-acceptance, affection, and warmth. This book serves as the best gift for a child.

To buy/gift Why is My Hair Curly? Click on the below link :

#3 Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

About The Book

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling; children's books on imagination
Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Title: Harry Potter Series

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)

Pages: 309

Type: Series

No. of Books: 7

Books in the series: #1 Philosopher’s Stone, #2 Chamber of Secrets, #3 Prisoner of Azkaban, #4 Goblet of Fire, #5 Order of the Phoenix, #6 Half-Blood Prince, #7 The Deathly Hallows

Reading age: 7+ years

Goodreads rating: 4.7/5

P.s: This book is available for free under a kindle unlimited subscription.

Harry Potter lives with his cruel uncle and aunt. A mysterious scar has a connection with Voldemort, who is involved in his parent’s death. When Harry turns 11, he receives a letter from Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and magic. His aunt and uncle go any means to stop him from going to the magic world. Hogwarts becomes his escape from his cruel aunt and uncle, a place of adventure, lifelong bonding with Ron and Hermione. He finds love and happiness, which he never got. Finally, he gets an answer for his whole existence. Each year comes with a series and his battle against Voldemort, who wants to kill him.

Why do we recommend this book?

J K Rowling paints the scene in your imagination. Each set animates in your mind. I loved the character Hagrid the most! The best part was feeling like you were playing chess along with the alive soldiers and kings! Magic was on every page. She created magic through her words, narrating the tale that magic is pure power, but the intention behind it matters to decide whether it is dark or good. These are the best books to gift for a birthday and enhance children’s imagination.

To buy/gift Book 1 in the Harry Potter series, click on the below link :

#4 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

About The Book

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; children's books on imagination
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Title: The Little Prince

Author: by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc

Pages: 96

Type: Standalone

Reading age: 6+ years

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

The story is simple. A pilot stuck in the middle of the desert meets a tiny person known as “little prince” who came from an asteroid and demands to draw the sheep for him. He refuses to answer questions while asking umpteen questions. The bond develops between them. As the story progress, readers get to know this prince’s adventure of leaving his tiny planet. A flower and three volcanoes and his visit to several planets finally coming to earth, meeting many people like the fox who teaches him the word “building connection” then, at last, allowing the snake to bite him which claims that it can send him back to home. It’s up to the reader to decide whether the boy has died or gone to his planet.

Why do we recommend this book?

I was impressed after reading “Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery set in 1943, a book which requires a couple of hours to finish, well packed with those hidden meanings that grown-ups who are busy summing up figures must understand. I’m still trying to decipher the in-depth meaning, and especially the watercolor illustration is pretty cool. I have kept this book to revisit to dwell deep. This story is an abstract tale. I understood that this sheds light on the grown-up’s illogical life wearing “reasonableness,” fighting, sulking over the things, almost killing the curious child within them while growing up. It is among the best children’s books to enhance their imagination.

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#5 My Alien Parents by R L Stine

About The Book

My Alien Parents by R L Stine
My Alien Parents by R L Stine

Title: My Alien Parents

Author: R L Stine

Genre: Horror, Children, Fiction

Publisher: Two Lions

Pages: 61

Type: Standalone series

Reading age: 8-11 years

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

As many of you know, R L Stine is a horror king in the children’s world. His goosebumps series always gave goosebumps. This story is about Rob, a ten-year-old who gets suspicious about his weirdly behaving parents. Are they aliens? And where are his actual parents? Does rob learn the truth? What horror is stored for him? This fun spine chilling story is a light read for the day!

Why do we recommend this book?

Children would love this short story. The scary morning of a child ends with a great surprise. As a die-hard fan of R L Stine, this story is a bit plain compared to his other best works, but this is a good start for a child to read. Language itself is easy and vivid. I bet one would not keep the book down until the last page. This is how the author keeps the reader engaged. This story leaves you stunned at the end.

P.S.: This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read this book for free.

To buy/gift My Alien Parents, click on the below link :

#6 Magic Faraway series by Enid Blyton

About The Book

 Magic Faraway series by Enid Blyton; children's books on imagination
Magic Faraway series by Enid Blyton

Title: Magic Faraway series

Author: Enid Blyton

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Children, Fiction

Publisher: Hodder

Type: series

No of Books: 4

Books in it: #1 The Enchanted Wood #2 The Magic Faraway Tree #3 The Folk of the Faraway Tree #4 Up The Faraway Tree:

Reading age:

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

The story starts with Joe, Beth, and Frannie ( There are slight variations in names of early edition and recent ones) who shifts to the countryside, away from the hustle-bustle of the city. After helping their mom, they are allowed to play in the woods. Here they encounter a magical tree. It’s not only the magical tree; it has its own residents. The curious kids climb to the top. And as they climb upwards, they meet new magical creatures like Moon-face, silky, etc., that end up in deep friendships. Not only this, at the topmost of the tree, but new land also shows up every day! The series follows how these kids land in magical lands and have fun and adventure.

Why do we recommend this book?

The Enchanted wood! Same as the title name, it’s enchanting. First time I borrowed this book from the school library & had heavy heartedly returned it. The most loving part of the book is the flow of simplicity. This book is the best gift for beginners in reading. The author has created a magical world of adorable creatures like moon-face has a face like a moon. So if you happen to meet the Moon face man up in the tree, tell me, ok? I’m waiting to meet all the magical creatures for the adventures in Enchanted Woods. Lighten up children’s imagination with these mythical books.

To buy/gift Book 1 of the Magic Faraway series by Enid Blyton, click on the below link :

#7 Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

About the Book

Aesop's Fables by Aesop; children's books on imagination
Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

Title: Aesop’s Fables

Author: Aesop

Genre: Fiction/short stories/children

Publisher: Oxford university

Type: Standalone

Pages: 352

Reading age: 3-7 years

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

We grew up listening to Aesop’s Fables, the stories like Ants and Grasshopper, where the ant teaches the lesson of hard work and saving for the future, or that classic story of hare and tortoise! The plight of overconfidence is presented through the pov of the rabbit. Aesop, the Greek storyteller during 620-BCE, is still alive through his stories. There are many more to list down! I have listed one of the above, but there are many publications.

Why do we recommend this book?

It’s time to feel nostalgic. So many of us grew up listening to these stories and the local folktales by our parents and grandparents! I feel a rekindling of memories whenever I come across the fables. The animals are speaking through woven stories teaching life lessons. The author narrated a story to convey those messages through animals. This unique feature of the fable makes it classic and elegant. We are connecting human traits to animals and learning from them. Whether it’s fiction or fantasy, we know something new lesson in the end. This book is one of the best books to build children’s imagination to narrate it to them at the end of the day.

To buy/gift Aesop’s Fables, click on the below link :

#8 Panchatantra by Pandit Vishnu Sharma

About the Book

Panchatantra by Vishnu Sharma
Panchatantra by Vishnu Sharma

Title: Panchatantra

Author: Vishnu Sharma

Publisher: Rupa and co

Genre: Fiction/short stories/children

Type: Standalone

Pages: 258

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

One of the tales from the legendary book from the Indian collection. Panchatantra is about the friendship between a monkey and a crocodile. This short tale has a touch of betrayal, foolishness, and wiseness of monkey. The friendship between the monkey and a crocodile is shown in this tale. When the monkey realized the betrayal of the crocodile in the middle of the sea, its wise response taught a great lesson in problem-solving skills!

Why do we recommend this book?

Same as in other folk tales, we have grown up listening to classic stories from Panchatantra. The thing I like about Panchatantra is the way of telling stories. The book is not limited to the collection of stories. There is a purpose behind these stories. Pancha means strategy, and tantra means approach. The entire book is a strategy to live life and rule the kingdom, in the present scenario, a nation! That takes this book to an entirely different level of focus while narrating a story.

P.S.: This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read this book for free.

To buy/gift Panchatantra, click on the below link :

#9 Vikram and Betal by Mahakavi Somadev Bhat

About the book

Vikram and Betal by Mahakavi Somadev Bhat
Vikram and Betal by Mahakavi Somadev Bhat

Title: Vikram and Betal

Author: Mahakavi Somadev Bhat

Publisher: Rupa and co

Genre: Fiction/short stories/children

Type: Standalone

Pages: 75

Reading age: 6-18 years

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Do you want an extraordinary experience of reading some twisted puzzle-filled short stories? Then go for Vikram and Betal stories. Certain events lead Vikram, a King, to do the task of bringing a Betal hanging in the tree in a wild night, a deep forest. Betal lets Vikram carry him to the destination with a few conditions, i.e., he will narrate a story. Vikram has to listen to it and solve the riddle in the end. Failure to solve this comes with the cost that is Betal will go back to its tree. This tale contains various stories. Now imagine how many times Vikram might have traveled to carry Betal again!

Why do we recommend this book?

The story within the story is fun to read! The Betal, a dead version of the human form, narrates insights into human nature to a living person, Vikram. You come across many instants where Betal’s riddles put you into the puzzle to decide what is right and wrong! A great gift to a child for logical thinking. It’s one of the best classic books to let children’s imagination and creativity fly.

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#10 Elmer by David Mckee

About The Book

Elmer by David Mckee; children's books on imagination
Elmer by David Mckee

Title: Elmer

Author: David Mckee

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: Standalone series

Pages: 32

Reading age: 2-6 years

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Elmer is a fable of an unhappy elephant because he looks so different and colorful with many patchworks! This is a story of how Elmer discovers himself and accepts himself as he is. Children would love the illustrated pictures along with Elmer’s patch works filled with yellow, blue, pink, blue, red, etc., and at the end, a good laugh Elmer brings in for other grey elephants.

Why do we recommend this book?

The pictures, the short, crispy, and witty lines, and Elmer makes this tale super fun. More fun is when you read aloud to a toddler or a kindergarten kid with quirky voice modulation. I felt the author bought crucial learning in a fun way to teach at such a young age that is accepting yourself as you are. Gift this unique book to a child.

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P.S: Some books recommended here are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read these books for free. Check out this article: Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

SO, to conclude, here is the list of the Best Children’s Books to Sculpt Their Imagination.

1The Ickabog by j.k. rowlingBuy Now
2Why is My Hair Curly? by Lakshmi IyerBuy Now
3Harry Potter by J.K. RowlingBuy Box-set
4The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryBuy Now
5My Alien Parents by R L StineBuy now
6Magic Faraway by Enid BlytonBuy Box-set
7Aesop’s Fables by Aesop Buy Now
8Panchatantra by Vishnu SharmaBuy now
9Vikram and Betal by Mahakavi BhatBuy now
10Elmer by David MckeeBuy Now
Best Books to Sculpt Child’s Imagination

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