There are an abundance of children’s books available nowadays, but the best are the ones which stick with you right the way through to adulthood. Even the sight of a book cover from one’s childhood can bring on overwhelming feelings of nostalgia and many happy memories. Everybody has a different list of favorites, but here are 10 of the most popular.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
When it comes to memorable children’s books, this one cannot go unmentioned. Who could forget the charming story about a hungry caterpillar’s growth into a butterfly? This book is especially well known for its colorful illustrations, its different page sizes to represent the different amounts of food the caterpillar eats each day, and the holes in the pages to show where the caterpillar has chomped through the food.
The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister
Another book which is memorable for its colorful, shimmering illustrations, Marcus Pfister’s “The Rainbow Fish” taught us that true beauty is found within and not on the surface. Together with Rainbow Fish, we learn that beauty is not everything, and what matters is kindness and friendship.
The Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
This timeless children’s series tells the story of Jo, Fanny and Bessie and all their magical friends in the Faraway tree, including Silky the fairy, Saucepan Man and Moonface. The three children discover the tree when they move to a nearby house, and thus their adventures begin. With the first title in the series, “The Enchanted Wood”, being published in 1939, the books are still loved by children everywhere.
Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss
Some children’s books show that a picture is worth a thousand words. This one argues that the fewer words there are, the better, and the classic rhyming book is written using just fifty words, which is one of the things which make it so memorable. For children who refuse to try something new, nothing will change their minds more quickly than the persistent, persuasive Sam I Am and his green eggs and ham.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.
This charming picture book is also an excellent tool for teaching children about colors and animals. When asked “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?” the brown bear replies “I see a red bird, looking at me”. The red bird is then asked, and the book continues in this way, exploring a range of animals and colors, including some odd combinations such as a purple cat and a blue horse. This wonderfully simple book has been imbedded in many people’s memories since they first read it.
Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
Charlotte’s Web is a heart-warming story of friendship. When Wilbur the pig is in danger of being slaughtered, Charlotte the spider writes message of praise for the pig in her web to convince the farmer to let him live. Published in 1952, this novel is still popular with children and adults alike.
The BFG – Roald Dahl
This lovable story revolves around Sophie, a little girl who cannot sleep during the witching hour and looks out of her window. She sees a giant, who later reveals that he is the only friendly giant, and he spends the nights destroying nightmares and catching good dreams which he distributes to the children. The two become friends, and Sophie learns about the bad giants who sometimes come to the human world to feast on “human beans”, usually children, and they come up with a plan to defeat them.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
This timeless classic tells the story of a naughty young rabbit who is warned by his mother not to enter Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. His sisters are good and obey her, but he enters the garden to feast on the vegetables and as a result is chased by the gardener, being made to go to bed without supper. The book was written for the son of the author’s former governess, but was printed for the public in 1902, and is now one of the best selling books of all time.
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden is a classic story which was first published as a full length novel in 1911. Telling the story of a spoiled, unloved and orphaned little girl, the novel explores the themes of friendship and family as Mary, the main protagonist, explores and tends to a neglected garden which belonged to her late aunt and has since been locked away, meeting some unexpected characters along the way.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
This novel is perhaps one of the best examples of nonsensical literature, which makes it popular with both children and adults. Although it features strange, anthropomorphic animals, unusual characters and places where the rules of logic do not seem to apply, the book still makes an odd sort of sense, and encourages readers to believe that things are not always as they seem and things which seem impossible might actually be possible. Carroll makes us feel as if there is logic in Wonderland, but a different kind of logic to ours, and one we just don’t have the storage space in our minds to comprehend.
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