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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

It’s easy to inspire a love of books in babies and toddlers: just put them on your lap, and start reading. But as kids get older and go to school, they seem to think of reading as work rather than fun – and kids, especially pre-teens, may stop reading for pleasure.

Here’s a parenting tip: Get them hooked on books that will leave a mark and keep them engaged and invested in the stories. Here’s a list of books that every middle schooler ought to read:

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  4. Asterix and Obelix & Tintin Series
  5. The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conon Doyle
  6. Short stories by Rabindranath Tagore, like Kabuliwalla
  7. Short stories by Premchand Das
  8. Stories by Sudha Murthy
  9. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Wondering how your child fares on reading skills? On the Mai app, you can assess these skills, along with getting daily activities which your child can do to improve each of these skills.

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