For hundreds of years, young minds have been enlightened by some of the greatest children’s literature in history. In children’s books, anything is possible. There are no boundaries that exist in the real world. Here are a few children’s books that I believe are the very best:
Peter Pan, the boy that wouldn’t grow up, has left a sparkle in children’s eyes for decades. J.M. Barrie‘s novel is a classic tale that shall never grow old, just like the main character himself. It follows the adventures of a mischievous, young boy named Peter and the Darling children who encounter pirates, fairies (in particular, Tinkerbell) and mermaids. Barrie’s novel has been produced into countless of films, both animated and live-action, as well as plays. It truly is a classic children’s tale.
“All children, except one, grow up.”
Quote from ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M Barrie
The Cat In The Hat
Suggested by Mirz
Dr Seuss was reknowned for his humorous story books which children instantly fell in love with. The Cat in the Hat may just of been one of his most famous stories. The Cat in the Hat has been remade into television series and movies for all children to love. The Cat in the Hat, and it’s writer, will forever be a classic that children love.
“Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how.”
Quote from ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr Seuss
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
This fun book by poet Michael Rosen has all the children reciting the catchy rhymes embedded within ‘We’re Going on A Bear Hunt’. It tells the tale of a family who are going on a bear hunt, journeying through thick, oozy mud and long, wavy grass. A favourite for any child.
“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day!”
Quote from ‘We’re Going on A Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen
Where the Wild Things Are
Suggested by SparklyDest
This book, recently made into a film, was an initial failure which went on the sell millions of copies world wide. The book focuses on a young boy called Max who, when sent to bed without dinner, imagines a sea in his bedroom on which he sets sail to a land of wild things where he becomes king.
“I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it’s big enough for all of us.”
Quote from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Suggested by Ravenswd
Roald Dahl is famous for having created many children’s books which are guilty of enchanting children’s imaginations. ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ is just one of Dahl’s amazing, classic creations. The story is of a poor but polite boy named Charlie Bucket and five other spoilt children who each find a golden ticket which sends them straight to the doorstep of Mr Willy Wonka.
“So much time, and so little to do! Strike that, reverse it.”
Quote from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘ by Roald Dahl
Have you read these books? What was/is your favourite childhood book? There are many amazing classics not listed here, what do you think should be listed here? I ask you to comment and let me know.
- “The Cat in the Hat” and “Dr. Seuss’s ABC” iPhone Apps now Available from Oceanhouse Media (prweb.com)
- Read it and sleep (guardian.co.uk)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat Released as Android Apps by Oceanhouse Media (prweb.com)
- Book I read: Matilda, by Roald Dahl (gargisharma1.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (thecheapreader.wordpress.com)
- The Cat In The Hat Explains Why Ice Is Nice, And It’s All At An Introductory Price (appadvice.com)
- Roald Dahl fun at Cardiff Bay, September 2011, Cardiff (visitwales.co.uk)