Mythology as a genre goes back a long way and these ancient tales will never grow old. We have all grown up listening to these stories in some form or the other – whether it be watching the Ramayana, and Mahabharat on TV or listening to these from our grandparents.
These mythological stories are filled with morals, values and subtle messages, and gems of wisdom. Although these tales are familiar to many of us and may be repetitive, it makes us think about how good always wins over evil, the value of good conduct, and the courageous act of the Gods & the heroes. They’re full of rich insights into humanity and history. It also raises curiosity – for eg. Why is Lord Ganesha called ek dantaaye, How did Hanuman recall his superpowers, How did Lord Rama cross the giant ocean to reach Lanka, and many more such tales.
1. Mythology as a genre contains timeless storytelling elements that are important to understanding literature.
2. It provides insight into various cultures (similarities and differences, the importance of certain values, the history of a people, the effect of geography on stories, etc).
3. It can help children cultivate an appreciation of their own heritage as well as other cultures.
4. Reading a variety offers insight into the universal human experience.
5. It enriches a child’s imagination!
6. Helps in character building
Indian Mythology books have always found their place on the shelf across households. Be it on ever-favorite characters like Hanuman and stories of Krishna to epics like the Ramayana and The Mahabharata, there’s always something thrilling to read about. This curation of Indian mythology stories for kids is interactive and has been written by some of the best Indian authors out there. We have listed down the titles of some of the famous mythological books by Indian authors along with a brief about each book.
This story by Pridhee comes with an interactive board book that will tell the kids all about a tale from a time long, long ago! Kids can interact with it by rotating the wheel and pulling the tabs as they learn and have fun together. This is a story written in both Hindi and English.
Age group: 5 yrs+
An exciting tale about the strong, powerful, and wise Hanuman. The narration will really let your kids deep dive into the story and join the beloved monkey God and his army as they cross ancient lands in search of Sita while learning about important life lessons on the power of friendship and courage.
Age group: 5 to 9 yrs
India is a country of myriad festivals – in fact, that’s one of the things that makes our culture so unique. There’s always a celebration and always an opportunity to get together interspersed with smiles and joy. This book invites you to rejoice in festivals through the simple stories of twins, Natasha and Nikhil, as they experience an entire year of festivals and celebrations – starting with Lohri in January and ending with Christmas in December! The detailed descriptions and wealth of detail about each festival that Natasha and Nikhil record in their blog and journal will keep you coming back to it every time a festival comes by.
Age group: 6 to 12 yrs
Indian mythology is incomplete without sharing the epic story of The Mahabharata with your kids. This book by Samhita Arni is just what you need to do! A beautiful narration of the Mahabharata from a child’s point of view will really help them connect with the story and the values.
Age group: 6 yrs +
The great epic Ramayana retold for the benefit of children! It’s the story of Lord Ram and how he navigates through challenges and victories in his life along with his brother Lakshman, his faithful friend, Hanuman, and his beloved Sita.
Age group: 8 yrs +
This children’s book by Devdutt Pattanaik comprises of 2 tales. One, The Ramayana from the perspective of Sita, the girl who chose and the other of The Mahabharata, where the five Pandavas and their cousins fought not for revenge but for dharma. The stories empower and entertain a whole new generation of readers as the author narrates them through his easy and distinctive style.
Age group: 8 to 12 yrs
A stellar book by one of India’s bestselling authors, Sudha Murty who takes the readers on an empowering journey with her narration about women in mythology. The stories focus on the strength and mystery that were depicted in the ancient texts and epics, focusing on how these powerful women slayed demons and protected their devotees fiercely. From Parvati and Ashokasundari to Bhamati and Mandodari, this collection features enchanting and fearless women who frequently led wars on behalf of the gods, was the backbone of their families, and shaped their own destinies. These tales are bound to remind our young readers of the strong female influences in their lives.
Age group: 9 to 12 yrs
Reading books can open so many doors – to the imagination, learning, creativity and so much more. And this book by Roopa Pai, delves into the Vedas and the Upanishads in a fun and engaging way that makes it relatable to children. And the fact that it is easy to carry around, makes it even more accessible!
Age group: 9 to 12 yrs
Amar Chitra Katha has always been a favorite among kids and their ‘Mythology Mega Collection’ pack consists of 73 legendary mythological stories of India that are written and illustrated especially for young readers. These stories are about popular heroes of Indian mythology and their tales of wisdom, valor, and triumph. Every story within this collection has been handpicked to highlight a different trait or virtue that will inspire the little ones. The compact box packaging makes it even more fun.
Age group: 10 yrs +
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the oldest texts available to us and when it’s reimagined and narrated for the kids of today, you know it’s going to have some essential things to teach. The Gita for Children by Roopa Rai brings to life several important values like self-control, Karma, and more fun and relatable so that kids can find it easy to understand and imbibe.
Age group: 10 yrs +
Mythological stories can do wonders when introduced at a tender age. The mind of young children is unadulterated and pure. They are like clay that could be moulded easily. Good traits, morals, and values could be introduced by telling them about strong figures in mythological stories.
The relevance of mythology should be valued today more than ever before, to create a better and more rational society.
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