There's no doubt that kids see the world through different lenses than adults. As a kid who loved to read, I remember certain books that I couldn't put down — the ones that made me laugh, reminded me of my family, or enhanced my imagination. These were the books that I reached for over and over again. As an adult though, trying to read some of those very same classics makes me shudder or at least think twice. And I don't think I'm the only parent out there like this. There are definitely certain books that you'll hate but your kids will love, and they usually end up being the ones they reach for over and over again.
I know, these books are written for children. So obviously, reading them with an adult's perspective is a loosing battle, but how can you not? Even as someone who genuinely enjoys children's books and young adult literature, these books can be a bit too much for me. And although I would never ban my kids from reading a book just because I didn't like it, I might limit the amount of times my kid reaches for it in a day, because really, we can only handle so much.
1. 'Love You Forever' by Robert Munsch
2. 'The Junie B. Jones' Series by Barbara Park
3. 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister
4. 'The Runaway Bunny' by Margaret Wise Brown
5. 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree is one of the most loved kid's classics. As a huge Shel Silverstein fan, I was reluctant to put this one the list, but after thinking over the strange mother-child relationship portrayed by the tree and the boy, I couldn't help myself. While certainly, sacrifice is required of a mother, there is just something about the adult boy who, after taking everything (literally) from this tree, returns to sit on the stump. "And the tree was happy."