Many of us have fond memories of the books we read when we were young…for good reason. Children’s books are windows into a time when we were innocent, more imaginative and willing to believe in magic. And classic children’s books are classics for a reason: they have universal messages that apply to adults as well as kids. When was the last time you re-read your favorite book from childhood? Whether you have children to share these books with or not, you’re going to want to get your old copy of these classics out of your mother’s basement and spend some time re-living those magical times when you were first learning to read.
5. “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf
This beloved story of a bull who refuses to fight has been around since 1936. Adolf Hitler had it banned in Germany because he saw it as pacifist propaganda.
4. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst
The message of this classic is that, no matter how bad a day seems, there is always tomorrow. Things actually DO get better. What adult doesn’t need to be reminded of that from time to time?
3. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett
This magical tale is peppered with quirky details (like food raining from the sky) and by somewhat morbid humor (decapitated dolls for example) that probably went right over your head as a kid, but that will make this book all the more fun when you read it as a grown-up.
2. “Eloise” by Kay Thompson
Eloise is the feisty little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel with her pug. Read it again and you’ll be amazed at the glamour of little Eloise’s life. And no wonder: author Kay Thompson was an actress and singer in some of New York’s most chic cabarets.
#1: “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking has been a hero to children around the world since she first made her debut in 1945, in Sweden. She is fearless but has humility, she isn’t worried about what other people think of her, and she truly believes that anything is possible. Many small children actually believe those same things, but it seems like as we get older, we tend to forget. Read this book if you need reminding (and who doesn’t?) that we are all stronger than we think and maybe we really CAN do anything.
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