Despite the advent of social media, technology and the growing hype of the internet, and ‘e-books’, there will always be a place for a good, old-fashioned book. There’s something about turning the pages and feeling the book in one’s hands as narratives and characters come to life, which continues to enthrall readers of all ages.
If you're a mom who likes to encourage reading in your little ones, why not buy them these beautiful classics which they can keep into adulthood? Here are 10 all-time favorite books that kids should read.
10 The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S.Lewis
This beautifully-written book is a classic which explores great themes using an imaginative, well-written script. Every child longs to find a world beyond their cupboard door, and this is exactly what happens for the children in the Narnia series.
Kids will love Aslan the lion and the descriptions of his gentleness, power, and majesty, and they will enjoy meeting the characters who lie within the magical world hidden within the cupboard, first found by Susan and later by the others.
9 The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
This eloquent, philosophical book has been hailed a classic throughout the nations and explores themes of love, beauty, friendship, and destiny through the character of the Little Prince and those he comes into contact with, like the fox and the rose.
The words are poetic and use a style of simple storytelling. This is also a book you can buy for your child as a gift, which they will more than likely cherish into adulthood. The story can also be understood on two levels, making it suitable for both an adult and a child. It contains valuable lessons which your child won't easily forget.
8 How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
While you probably saw the movie and thought it was quite spectacular, there is nothing like reading the actual book on which a movie is based. Dr. Seuss has a unique style, which isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, but which is both creative and entertaining.
This whimsical story explores some dynamic characters which kids can relate to and learn to love. Even the dastardly Grinch will creep into their hearts and when they come across someone a little on the crabby side at Christmas time, they will hopefully remember the story and remember to extend some valued Who-style Christmas cheer.
7 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
This and other Roald Dahl classics illustrate the wonder of a child’s world and put forth valuable life insights, without being preachy and condescending. Dahl uses language in a fresh, inventive way and even comes up with his own word and phrase creations.
Children will love this story since it is about one of their favorite things, chocolate. Also, it explores an unknown world, helping them to imagine what goes on behind the scenes in creating chocolate (surely this is something every child has at one time or another questioned?)
6 The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
Beautiful and poetic, The Velveteen Rabbit has inspired children through the generations with its simple lessons and poignant lines.
Children warm to the author’s down-to-earth, simple language and can relate to the story, since most have had a special toy and can understand the book’s main theme, about loving something so much all of its velvet is eventually rubbed off, but it becomes ‘real’.
5 The Nancy Drew series, Carolyn Keene
There’s a reason this series has been so popular with children. The books in the Nancy Drew series present mysteries which are unraveled through each narrative and each book is self-contained in its story. However, through reading all the books, kids will get to love Nancy and Jed and the way Nancy meticulously and diligently searches the clues in each mystery until she has her answer.
The narratives of each book are intricately woven and the book will appeal to children who love to do detective work and delight in seeing missing pieces of a puzzle come together.
4 Charlotte’s Web, E.B.White
This classic tale tells the poignant story of a very special pig, who happens to be friends with a spider and a little girl. Wilbur manages to evade slaughter by the farm owner when his friend Charlotte the spider starts to spin words describing how wonderful he is on her web. The spider not only draws attention to her web through the words but also to the pig which she loves.
This beautiful story makes a good point about the meaning of true friendship and the value of each person and animal, no matter how small.
3 The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
A collection of Beatrix Potter books should be on every little child’s bookshelf. These are not only beautifully illustrated but their stories are intriguing and each follows a thread, incorporating the same delightful characters and letting children explore the farmyard animal’s world, in a simple, exciting way.
Peter Rabbit and his friends, who are ducks, rabbits, field mice, and other creatures, get up to all kinds of things and make for great reading and entertainment.
2 The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie The Pooh, A.A.Milne
Who better relates to a small child than the honey-munching, friendly and thoughtful Winnie The Pooh? Children love the books for the group of animal friends who go on regular adventures and support each other through all kinds of challenges and tribulations.
There is Piglet, the very worried, very sweet little pig, and Eeyore, the negative but still lovable donkey. Kanga, Roo, Rabbit… so many friends and so many adventures told in a simple, poetic and rather way geared towards a child’s heart, make this a perfect read.
1 Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl, Anne Frank
Written by young teenager Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who had to hide with her family in the attic during World War 2, this is a moving account of what went on in the inner world of teenagers and children, and Jews, during the period of the holocaust.
Themes of humanity, such as injustice and prejudice, and also first love and the struggle for identity, are explored, through the eyes of Anne who writes with candor and honesty and says it better than most adults could.
This should be read by your child, albeit at an older age than some of the other titles, to teach them to walk in another’s shoes and also to open their eyes to historic truths.