Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. He lives with his adopted family in Landour, Mussoorie, India. The Indian Council for Child Education has recognized his role in the growth of children’s literature in India. Occasionally, Mr. Bond has also succeeded in spooking readers with his ghost stories from the hills. But more often, he has made us love and appreciates the little wonders of nature.
His first short story was ‘Untouchable’, which he wrote at the age of 16. Read more on some of his best book for kids.
1. The Room on the Roof – Ruskin Bond wrote ‘The Room on the Roof’ when he was just 17 and announced himself on the literary scene with style. A simple story of a young boy named Rusty and his adventures in India’s countryside has a wide range of emotions.
2. Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra – A semi-autobiographical book, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra captures Ruskin Bond’s life of sorts through its various stages in fourteen engaging stories. The book signifies how memories remain man’s best treasure to hold on to.
3. The Night Train at Deoli and other short stories – A compilation of some of the finest short stories by Ruskin Bond, the Night Train at Deoli is considered an epic in Indian literature. The way Ruskin Bond captures the raw emotions of a short acquaintance with an unknown girl on a railway platform wins the hearts of his readers.
4. The Blue Umbrella – Set in Garhwal, the story of Biniya and her Blue Umbrella leaves the reader’s teary eyes. The novel is written in 1980 also had a movie made on it such was its popularity.
5. A Flight of Pigeons – The story has its backdrop on the revolt of 1857 and is based on the life of a girl named Ruth Labrador. The story revolves around the love of Javed Khan who wanted to eliminate Ruth’s family, but the girl’s beauty changed his heart forever.
6. Rusty The Boy From The Hills – The book showcases Ruskin Bond’s love for nature through the eyes of the protagonist – a young boy named Rusty who lives with his grandfather. The book is simple and brings joy to the faces of its reader who can’t help but fall in love with Rusty’s remarkable life.