Admit it. As an adult, you like to read some children’s books. There are some that you have loved over the years and just can’t help but read them again from time to time. Some you might have watched the movie over and over again as a child but didn’t read the book until you were older. Either way the stories pull you even as an adult.
Chronicles of Narnia
This is magical tale of adventure, friendship, loyalty, and truth. The entire series by C. S. Lewis is a great read with depth that adults might find they missed when they read it as a child. It’s a children’s book with adult themes woven throughout to teach lessons and to get the reader to think about many aspects of life. How many of you read the stories again after the movies came out?
I’m about to read these books again with my daughter. Reading with younger children is always a good excuse to enjoy these children’s stories.
Another great story by J.R.R. Tolkien that leads into a great adult epic adventure in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is full of adventure that will keep children and adults glued to the pages. I’ve read it more times as an adult than I did as a child because I get so much more out of it. Now that these movies have come out, do you find yourself revisiting these stories?
A Wrinkle in Time
This is one book so many people haven’t read and really should. It is great. A science fiction book for kids by Madeleine L’Engle with so many lessons in it that adults can read it years later and still get more out of it. I have read it several times and still get something new from it each and every time. Though I have to admit I haven’t finished the series. Maybe that is my next challenge.
The Cat in the Hat
Who doesn’t like The Cat in the Hat? I’m sure there are some out there who don’t, but really they are the extreme minority. Dr. Seuss books are loved the world over. Sometimes I like to read to children just so I can read the book out loud and add sound effects. Who knows. I might do it even when kids aren’t around. These books are great.
I have to admit that I had to read this book by E.B. White again in my adulthood as it had been so long since I last laid my eyes upon it. I’m glad I did.
This is a sweet story of strength, friendship, creativity, and determination. The short read makes it even more appealing as it doesn’t get too deep yet gives you so much to talk about explore.
While many children read Harry Potter, many adults found themselves waiting in line to purchase the books for their own enjoyment. This is a series that can appeal to all ages as it explores so many themes that young and old can appreciate and even relate to. ‘
In case you are one of the few who don’t know what the series is about — — A young orphan lives with his aunt and uncle along with their only son. He is treated poorly until one day he receives a visitor stating that he was to attend a wizard’s school. He learns that he is the son of two wizards and had been living in the mortal world until he became of age to attend the famous school. He meets friends, learns how his parents died, finds himself targeted by an evil wizard, and saves the school.
Anne of Green Gables
I haven’t read these books by L.M. Montgomery in years, but I loved every one of them through middle school and high school. The main character, Anne, is a delight though I would question if I could handle her imagination and love for life. Her energy is amazing and endears her to the readers.
This is a great series to read with your children and enjoy the delights of Anne all over again.
The Secret Garden
I had to read this book by Frances Hodgson Burnett as I had only seen movies on it. In writing this article, I discovered that I needed and wanted to read the original work. I was never disappointed. This is a great story of a lonely child who had never experienced love until she is orphaned and sent to stay with a distant uncle. She discovered a secret garden shut up for over a decade as well as an invalid boy needing as much care as the garden.
Bridge to Terabithia
A young boy discovers a new friend in a girl who can outrun him at track in school. Their friendship deepens until tragedy strikes. This is a story by Katherine Paterson of a young boy having to grow up too soon and deal with love, loss, and the future.
This is a book that sadly has been banned by some districts because it deals with the death of a child. It goes into the heart and mind of a young man and sees how he handles what life has dealt him.
Little House Series
I watched this television series for years before I read the books by Laura Ingells Wilder. Wonderful stories based on the life of the author growing up in the pioneering Midwest. The fact that these are based on truth make them even more appealing as children and adults alike can get a firsthand account of life on the plains.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
If you want something out of the ordinary, this is the book for you.It is not your typical children’s story which is probably why it become so popular. This is the story by Lemony Snicket of three young children who are orphaned and shuttled from family member to family member as mysterious people and events occur around them. Life is hard for them as it never was before, but having something, or someone, out to kill them makes it even worse.
Wizard of Oz
This is an amazing story by L. Frank Baum that most of us have never read. I read the first book many years ago and had to read it again as an adult. I found that I really enjoyed the stories more than I did when I was younger. Plus, we get it in our heads that the book will be just like the movie. Nope. You really need to read all these books to really know the land of Oz.
Dr. Suess Books
Yes, I sort of mentioned this famous man already, but we can’t forget the other great books he wrote for all ages to enjoy. These are some of my most favorite books to read. I read them to my children, and I still read them now. There is something the books that have you quoting them and repeating them anywhere you are. Great books that take you back to your own childhood. Many us as adults can quote our favorites.
This is a classic we have all dreamed about as children. It is the story of adventure and possibilities. It is the story of never wanting to grow up. Think you know the story from the cartoon? Read the book. Find a new way to enjoy an old, familiar story of a mischieavous boy who introduces a young girl and her brothers to Neverland. Adventures await for them with Indians and pirates.