As a child, I loved reading. Books were able to take me away from my dull days in elementary school and bring me to new and magical lands. I couldn’t get enough of books about action, adventure, and friendship. And I still can’t get enough of those type of stories. So I have compiled a list of children’s books that you should re –read as an adult to bring out your inner child.
1 Charlotte’s Web
This touching book was one of my favorites growing up. It tells the story of a “runt of the litter pig” named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is told he is to be slaughtered, Charlotte uses her web and kind words to save his life. This is a true tale of friendship and any adult can appreciate the heartwarming aspect of this children’s book
2 Peter Pan
Peter Pan is an absolute classic children’s book. It is about a young boy named Peter who never grows up. He lives in a magical land, called Neverland, with his gang of Lost Boys. When he brings over Wendy and her two brothers from London, they go on an adventure battling pirates, befriending Indians, and defeating the evil Captain Hook. This book is guaranteed to bring out your inner-child and leave you wishing you never grew up like Peter.
3 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I am obsessed with all things related to Alice in Wonderland. When Alice follows a talking white rabbit down a rabbit hole, she ends up in the curious and strange Wonderland. She meets a variety of characters, some who are helpful, some not so much. But in the end, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will leave your imagination going crazier than the Mad Hatter.
4 Harry Potter
I am not even sure if I considered the Harry Potter books children’s books because I am perfectly content reading them as an adult. All 7 books tell the story of Harry Potter who is destined to fight a Dark Lord (I won’t mention his name), as he attends a magical school called Hogwarts. While I personally am not a witch, the story of Harry Potter is still relevant to my life. It teaches lessons in family, friendship, and courage, which anyone can relate to.
5 Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss books are the wildest, craziest, and most imaginative books I read as a child. He uses such unique languages (considering half of them are words he made up) and all of the illustrations are so vivid and creative. It doesn’t even matter which Dr. Seuss book you choose, all of them are amazing.
6 Any Roald Dahl Book
All of the Roald Dahl books were favorites of mine when I was younger. Okay I am not going to lie, they still are. The Big Friendly Giant, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches! They are all so amazing. Dahl was so creative and imaginative and could take any kid on a magical journey with his books.
7 The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth is about a young but bored boy named Milo who finds a tollbooth in his room one day after school. After he drives through it, he ends up in a magical world that teaches him about how to live life to the fullest and appreciate all that is around him. Along with his newly befriended sidekick Tock, Milo embarks on a journey to save the Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason.
8 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Although I love all of the books in the series by C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", is by far my favorite. Telling the story of the Pevensie children as they find themselves in Narnia, this book is filled with magic, adventure, and a heartwarming tale of courage and family. After reading this amazing novel, I can bet you will be looking in the back of your closet for the nearest magical land.
What do you think of these books? What were your favorite novels growing up? What children’s books would you want to read as an adult?
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