It is Bapu’s Birthday today, so it is fitting to talk about Books on Gandhiji for kids! Our generation has no idea what it took to gain Freedom, we take it for granted all the time. Sensitizing our kids to the struggle and to the lifelong teachings of our Great Leaders. Today is a day when I am going to talk about Gandhiji, and his important work and teachings. In today’s world, his teachings are even more important than ever.
I am going to talk about Books on Gandhiji for kids that we have and some that are on our Wishlist!!!
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegadus
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi talks about how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light. A powerful book for young kids, who need to learn to tackle “Anger”! This is my favorite book for 4plus crowd, because it teaches them and us how to “work with anger”!
How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?
One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.
Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?
In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light. Evan Turk brings the text to breathtaking life with his unique three-dimensional collage paintings.
Be the Change by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus
Another one penned by Arun Gandhi, this one talks about the very famous quote by Gandhiji ” Be the change you wish to see in the world“. This series is my favorite books for young children (4 plus)
In this breathtaking companion to the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness, gorgeously illustrated by Evan Turk. At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: Not to waste. How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? How can wasteful-ness lead to violence? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others. And in time he comes to understand the truth of his grandfather’s words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Picture Gandhi by Sandhya Rao
Sandhya Rao is one of our very favorite authors and this very unique book from Tulika Publishers is an amazing and different perspective to the traditional Gandhiji books! There are so many colourful elements, Gandhiji’s words and somuch more. This is a visual treat and makes learning about Bapu, a beautiful and amazing affair. This book is recommended CBSE reading material!
Who was this man who so mesmerised the world, born almost a century ago but whose words and wisdom are still so current, so compelling? Films, plays, books, media images and news stories bring him regularly into our homes. The UN has declared his birthday, 2nd October, the International Day for Non-Violence. But how do we make his life relevant to a child of today? How do we tell his inspiring story so that he isn’t just part of a history lesson? PICTURE GANDHI does this by heading off the beaten track and following Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi himself, in spirit as much as chronology. The author views him with affection, but sparely, guided by what he himself valued most truth and love and what was important to him. Visually, too, the book enhances this perspective. Thought bubbles paraphrase Gandhi’s words and peep into his mind. Colourful hand-done elements add interesting extensions to old black and white photographs. PICTURE GANDHI attempts to shake off the aura and offer a close and intimate glimpse of a man of our times, a man for all times.
My Gandhi Story by Nina Sabnani, Ankit Chadha Illustrated by Rajesh Chaitya Vangad
A visual treat this book fis from another one of our Favorite authors! Another gem from Tulika Publishers, this one is such a unique take on Gandhiji’s story, that each 2 page layout is a frameworthy piece of art!
Everyone has their own story of Gandhi — and in this book a Warli artist, a storyteller and an animation filmmaker come together in a unique collaboration to bring a very visual story of Gandhi to children.
Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi by Aditi De
This Scholastic series about Great personalities is a good read for older and confident readers. The story told through comics style, captures and tells the story of Gandhiji beautifully!
Synopsis – Read about the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as The Father of the Nation. Presented through both comics and text as part of Scholastic’s Great Lives series, this book takes a look at the life of one of India’s most daring, driven and radical personalities ever.
Gandhi for Kids – His Life and Ideas
Another activity book that I have been eyeing for the longest time! This is a book that is packed with activity ideas for kids along with historic images and lot of tit-bits about Gandhiji’s life!
With his wire-rimmed glasses, homespun cloths, and walking stick, Mohandas Gandhi is an international symbol of nonviolence, freedom, simplicity, and peace. Tracing Gandhi’s evolution from a shy boy in India to a courageous, world-traveling spiritual and political leader who worked tirelessly to help India achieve independence from England, Gandhi for Kids will inspire young readers to make connections between his ideas and contemporary issues such as bullying and conflict resolution, healthful eating from local sources, civil rights and diversity, the “reduce, reuse, recycle” movement, and more. Kids learn about Gandhi’s important impact on the lives and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, and other modern heroes, yet come to understand that he was also a complex man who struggled with personal conflicts, disappointments, and idiosyncracies. Packed with historic images, informative sidebars, a time line, glossary, resource section, and 21 creative activities that illuminate Gandhi’s life, ideas, and environment, Gandhi for Kids is an indispensable resource for a new generation of change makers. Kids can: make a traditional Indian lamp called a diya; practice anti-consumerism or vegetarianism for a day; create a henna hand design; learn some basic yoga poses; and much more.”
I am Gandhi by Brian Meltzer
One of the book that has been on my wishlist forever! And absolutely love this seres on great leaders by Brad. This one is a book and a series to look out for!
Gandhi’s peaceful revolution is the focus of this picture book, part of the inspiring New York Times bestselling biography series about heroes.
As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He took his methods with him from South Africa back to India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed everything for India and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of
America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.
Who was Gandhi? by Dana Meachen Rau
Another Biography for 9plus readers. Great for research for older kids! And great reading material.
Synopsis – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in British-occupied India. Though he studied law in London and spent his early adulthood in South Africa, he remained devoted to his homeland and spent the later part of his life working to make India an independent nation. Calling for non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights around the world. Gandhi is recognized internationally as a symbol of hope, peace, and freedom.
A Taste of Freedom – Gandhi and the Great Salt March by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
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No one ever forgets their first taste of freedom.
Gandhi’s famous Salt March shook the foundations of the British Empire and the world, showing the strength of a people united in peace to fight for freedom. Gandhi’s march had a significant effect on changing world and British attitudes towards Indian independence, and inspired the use of non-violence in other protest movements, like the US Civil Right movement. You’ll never forget Elizabeth Cody Kimmel’s heartwarming, insightful account or Guiliano Ferri’s stunning illustrations of the event seen through the eyes of a child inspired by Gandhi’s vision for a better world.
My Gandhi Scrapbook by Sandhya Rao
This is just another amazing concept from Sandhya Rao! Another gem of a book from Tulika Publishers, making Gandhiji life into a beautiful visual journey. And with enough space to fill your own thoughts too. Love this s a gifting option too <3
Synopsis – My Gandhi Scrapbook is just that – a scrapbook. It has pictures cut and pasted. comments are thrown in, something copied from somewhere, random thoughts, quibbles, and scribbles…Like a very visual, personal diary. Or a kaleidoscope, where bits and pieces come together to form patterns – especially fascinating when the subject is Gandhiji. The exciting format offers unusual perspectives on a most amazing man, while the headings tell their own zany story. Did you know that Gandhi loved comics? That he would make ‘pudding’ with powdered chapatis? Now, these are some quirky bits that aren’t in the book. Add them in, or anything else you like – for in the spirit of scrapbooks, this too is incomplete, with empty pages and spaces waiting for you!
I hope you enjoyed reading about Books on Gandhiji for kids! Have you read any of these books, or do you have favorite Books on Gandhiji for kids?
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