If you have a child, then you know that there are many children’s books to read! I don’t recall ever reading too many children’s books as a child, but what do I know?! So when I was enrolled in Children’s Literature, I discovered so many books that I missed out on. Here are some amazing children’s books to read, even as adults:
1. The Little Prince
This is one of my all time favorites! And if you can read French, read the original! The Little Prince is one of the loveliest children’s books to read. The novel is somewhat autobiographical, as it mirrors Saint-Exupéry’s personal life and experiences. He was a pilot, the narrator is a pilot; he raised a fox, the little prince becomes friends with a fox; he had a complicated relationship, the little prince has a difficult relationship with the rose. You get the idea. The Little Prince also touches on ideas that adults definitely understand, such as adult narrow-mindedness and alienation. If you’ve never read this work, you’re missing out!
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
I read this book as a child and I hated it. But two weeks ago, I reread it for class, and I absolutely loved it! The themes of coming-of-age and discovery are so prominent in this work! And the fictional world just shows how creative people can get, which is so beyond me!
3. Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is definitely one of those books that you should reread. Perhaps you want to relive your childhood, but this book is so cute! I love going back to original works, or should I say pre-Disney. I love the Disney version very much, but reading the original book just made me love it more!
4. Bridge to Terabithia
I remember reading this book and not really understanding it. Spoiler alert: one of the main characters dies. This book is about two kids who unexpectedly become best friends. They create their own magic kingdom. After the death, the other main character, Jess, realizes what he had, but he doesn’t let that stop him from moving on in life. This is a very touching book. It’s sad, but there’s a lesson.
5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
This is a short book with a bunch of beautiful illustrations. I love this book because it leaves me with warm and fuzzy feelings. Peter Rabbit is up to no good, but he returns home safely.
6. Where the Wild Things Are
A few years ago, this book was huge. I don’t know why, but I remember wondering what it was about. Where the Wild Things Are is a picture book, and it focuses on Max going into his imagination and becoming the king of wild things. But eventually, he has to go home. It’s an odd little book, but it reminds readers that there’s always home, and you are always welcome back. This nurturing theme is consistent throughout many children’s books.
7. Harry Potter
How could I miss this classic? I am not a huge Harry Potter fan, so I didn’t particularly like the books, but the messages that they send about life, love, and friendship are amazing!
8. The Giver
This is an interesting little book about a community that is really monitored and your future is determined by a panel. It reminded me of Uglies and a philosophy ethics lecture about assigning ranks and jobs.
9. Peter Pan
Lastly, Peter Pan is a must-read! I’m sure you all have seen the Disney version, but this book also has the magical themes of immortality and innocence!
Children’s books are actually for all ages, and I think you all might also find some joy in reading them! I love children’s literature. I feel like, as adults, we all find a level of deeper meaning in these texts. Did you read any of these books as a kid? What other children’s books did or do you enjoy?