Ten Children’s Books That Adults Should Read
For adults, life can sometimes be draining. There’re way too many things to do and worry about. Sometimes, we look to escape even for just a while. Traveling can be pretty expensive, and for adults working eight hours a day for a salary they have to budget for an entire month, it’s not very ideal. So we look to the next best thing—books.
Books have the capability to take us away to magical adventures without us having to leave our favorite cozy spot. What better way to maximize your adventure than to read books for children? Here are ten children’s books that every adult should read.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and all its sequels are full of magical adventures that’s sure to take you out of this world. More than that, it also has a very gripping story about a young girl who is in search of her father. This enduring novel is loved not only for its exhilarating adventures but also its capability to help readers escape.
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Sendak takes you to a wild adventure with friendly beasts known as the Wild Things. This 338-word story is perfect read on the commute home after a long hard day at work. Where the Wild Things Are is a short and sweet reminder to us that adventure is around every corner.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lowry’s sci-fi young-adult novel predicts where we will go centuries into the future and takes a look at humanity from a different lens. Moreover, it looks at the world from the perspective of someone who has never known emotion and color. The Giver will make you appreciate things which you may have overlooked.
- Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
Paulus’s Hope for the Flowers is perfect after a long day in the office. When you need a reminder of what you’re working towards, pull up a copy and take a few minutes to relax as you read the story of two caterpillars and their search for the meaning of life.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a resounding favorite by both children and adults alike. The series contains fantastical adventures set in the magical wizarding world as well as layers upon layers of social and political conflict. Harry Potter is an enduring story of hope, surviving even in the darkest of times.
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia is the story of two lonely children who create a magical world for themselves in the woods beyond their backyards. The friendship between Jesse and Leslie is an inspiring story that will make you want to call up your friends and tell them how much they matter to you.
- The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Baum’s classic is the story of how a Kansas girl named Dorothy Gale was swept away by a tornado into a world of Munchkins, magic, witches, and a wizard. Gale teams up with a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion as they all look for something which they didn’t know they already had.
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo, who specializes in the personification of animals and their interactions with humans, takes fairytale stories to a whole new level in The Tale of Despereaux. This novel starts off much like any other fairytale, with a princess and a knight in shining armor. The twist here however, is that the knight is a tiny mouse with unusually large ears. Despereaux reminds us that all our dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem, have a way of coming true.
- Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Take a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood and return to simpler times with A. A. Milne’s unlikely bunch of characters. The camaraderie between Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Eeyore, and of course, Pooh, is a gentle reminder that despite differences, there is a way to make things work.
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
De Saint-Exupery’s classic bestseller is actually an adult novel disguised as a children’s book. It is the story of an aviator who meets an unlikely character after crash-landing in the desert: a boy prince who loves a rose and takes advice from a fox. The Little Prince encourages us to look at things beyond what they seem to be and reminds us that what is essential is invisible to the eye.
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