There are books meant for kids that adults love just as much. Whether you've never read these stories before or you remember them from your childhood, you should read them now. They won't take up much of your time, but you'll be glad you read through them. If you're looking for short reads, here are some books meant for kids that you can still enjoy:
Neil Gaiman wrote this story about a young girl who isn’t satisfied with her home life. Her parents don’t pay enough attention to her, so she travels to her ‘other house’ with her ‘other mother,’ who is evil. She seems nice at first, giving Coraline everything that she thought she wanted, but she eventually shows her true colors. This is one of the books meant for kids that has a strong message, and will delight adults as well as children.
2. Alice in Wonderland
You all know the basis of the story, but have you actually read it? Lewis Carroll created a random, scattered story that feels like a dream. There are plenty of puns that children would never pick up on. Even if you’ve read it before, it’s worth it to read it again. You’ll notice little jokes that flew over your head as a kid.
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
If you read this as a child, you probably didn’t pick up on the religious undertones. The story is strongly religious, and contains many different Christian beliefs. Even if you’re not religious, you can appreciate the way the story is told. It’s an interesting tale that will keep you captivated the entire way through. Plus, it’s a quick read, so it won’t take up much of your time.
4. Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White wrote this children’s story, which has been made into a famous film. It’s about a little girl who takes care of a pig that a farmer wishes to slaughter. The tale is told by a spider, who tries to save the pig’s life. It sounds like a sad story, but it’s worth the read. Even if you know how the story ends, you can enjoy reading the entire book.
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
You’ve all seen the story in film, whether it was the original version or the Johnny Depp version. Roald Dahl was the author of the children’s book that started the craze. If you don’t already know, it follows a young boy who wins a trip to a chocolate factory. Bizarre events occur once he enters, and the children who entered along with him start to vanish. The story, as odd as it seems, is about patience and will power.
6. My Friend Flicka
Mary O’Hara wrote this book about a boy and his horse. He takes care of her, and treats her as well as he possibly can. But be warned: this book is not for the faint hearted. The horse gets ill, and is close to death. However, there could be a happy ending in store, so don’t worry too much.
7. Mary Poppins
Did you know that there were a series of books about this magical nanny? P. L. Travers wrote the stories starting back in 1934. But just because it's old doesn't mean it's outdated. You'll love it now just as much as people loved it in the past. Just because it's old doesn't mean that it's bad.
Since these stories are meant for children, they’re quick and easy to read. Have you read these stories before? Which one is your favorite?