To a child, books are more than just educational, they're an entryway to the imagination. They spark deep questions,teach them about the world around them and show them how to dream big. Books should be an integral part of any child's life, but what about when you grow up and aren't expected to read anymore? Are adults expected to stick to reading tabloids, romance novels and the newspaper? Not as far as I'm concerned. I'm a firm believer in finding children's books that adults can relate to. Because honestly, I think they're a lot more fun to read than most "adult literature" these days.
The great thing about children's books is that you don't have to be an English major or even an avid reader to fall in love with these stories. They have simple plot lines that usually give way to much deeper meanings. Even if you're not up for analyzing the intentions and messages within the story, they're usually quite entertaining as it is. A little bit of child-like wonder is healthy for every adult, so grab a cup of coffee, cozy up in your favorite spot and get ready to channel your inner child with these classic reads.
1. 'Anne Of Green Gables' by L.M. Montgomery
Spunky, rebellious, and lovable, Anne Of Green Gables is an absolute must-read. Even if you've already read it. The story of an orphan girl who goes to live with an elderly couple who meant to adopt a boy. Anne of Green Gables (and the entire series) is a beautiful coming of age story with plenty of twists along the way.
2. 'Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone' by J.K. Rowling
3. 'The Little Prince' by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Saint-Exupery himself believed The Little Prince to be a "children's book written for grown-ups." It's told from an adult's perpective, an aviator who crashes his plane and meets a small prince from asteroid B-612. The story has hidden meanings and so much food for thought that make it the perfect read for adults.
4. 'The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis
5. 'Harriet The Spy' by Louise Fitzhugh
6. 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll
7. 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White
8. 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket
All of the books in the Series of Unfortunate Events books are a must-read if you like dark, imaginative stories. Follow along as orphaned siblings go to live with a caretaker who isn't fit to watch them. Adventure and, of course, lots of unfortunate events, ensue in this page turner.
9. 'A Wrinkle In Time' by Madeleine L'Engle
One of my personal favorites, A Wrinkle In Time goes much deeper than the surface level plot line. In the story, Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe, are sent on an adventure through time to rescue her father from evil forces holding him captive.
10. 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak
11. 'Love You Forever' by Robert Munsch
12. 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein
13. 'The Story Of Ferdinand' by Munro Leaf
The Story of Ferdinand, is about a sweet bull who would much rather sit and smell the flowers than fight with the other bulls. It is much more than just a sweet story, however. It was actually banned by Hitler, as it encourages children (through its mere 800 words and illustrations) to think for themselves and go against the crowd.