10 Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read

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There’s something magical about books, how they’re able to take us on enchanting journeys to faraway lands, meet different types of characters, and experience all sorts of amazing stuff.

Children’s books have been a great part of our lives. Almost everyone grew up reading children’s books and being read bedtime stories about Peter Pan or The Berenstain Bears. The books we read as children helped shape us into who we are today.

As adults, it’s also a good idea to go back to some of these books to either relive our childhood or relearn old concepts and values that we somehow forgot growing up. Whether you’re a CEO of a multinational corporation or an author who’s looking at self-publishing and book printing, here are some of the books we highly recommend revisiting.

10 Children’s Books Every Adult Should Also Read

1. The Little Prince

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We’re kicking off this list with one of our absolute favorites. The Little Prince is a beautifully written story with a very stand-out lesson about love.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl

We’ve seen both film adaptations and while both were good interpretations, there’s just something about reading the story that makes one truly appreciate Dahl’s imagination.

3. A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeline L’Engle

This masterpiece by L’Engle was first published in 1963 and won a Newbery Medal that same year. Despite its somewhat controversial status, it remains one of the best books about the power of individuality and love.

4. Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Author: Dr. Seuss

Although it is a short read, this Dr. Seuss classic is an inspiring story that’s guaranteed to cheer anyone up, both child and adult alike.

5. The Giving Tree

Author: Shel Silverstein

Another short-but-sweet read, The Giving Tree tugs at the heart like no other children’s story, guaranteed to make you shed tears as you read about the value giving without expecting anything in return.

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6. His Dark Materials Trilogy

Author: Philip Pullman

The trilogy composed of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass makes for a good pick-me-up reading for anyone. If you haven’t read this one yet, now’s a great time to check it out. If you’ve already read this, it’s also a great time to revisit it.

7. Winnie the Pooh

Author: A.A. Milne

We probably can’t name a single adult who hasn’t fallen in love with 100 Acre Wood and its inhabitants despite all of their flaws. Come to think of it, it is a very close reflection of the world we live in and is a great example of how we can live in harmony despite our imperfections and differences.

8. The Mary Poppins Series

Author: P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins remains one of our favorite characters in both books and film. It’s always a lovely, jolly, and magical time with Ms. Poppins around.

9. Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl

Another Dahl classic. We just can’t get enough of him. Matilda is a story about a young and intelligent girl who is treated very poorly by her parents. She develops a wonderful friendship with her teacher, Ms. Honey, who helps her overcome her challenges in life, namely her parents and Miss Trunchbull, the school’s headmistress.

10. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret

Author: Judy Blume

This coming-of-age story about a girl who was raised apart from any religious affiliations somehow gets to know God and develops a very special relationship with Him.

What do you think of this list? Do you have any more books to recommend for adults to check out? Drop them in the comments section below. We would love to hear your recommendations and thoughts.

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