The best children’s books last forever. They stay with children throughout their lives, and the children become adults and share them with the next generation. In this article, we explore five books that every child simply has to read, and every child is sure to recommend to future generations.
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Charlotte’s Web is one of the all-time classic children’s novels. The story revolves around a charming friendship between Wilbur, a pig, and Charlotte, a spider he encounters. When Wilbur faces the threat of being sent to slaughter, it is Charlotte’s intervention that persuades the farmer to spare him. Charlotte’s Web is a heartwarming tale of friends that kids and adults alike still enjoy today. The book is also regarded in literary circles as being particularly well-written, and is used as an example by critics for modern writers to follow.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl is an obvious inclusion in any list of great kids’ books. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of a deserving young boy who finds his dreams become a reality. Upon finding a Golden Ticket to an exclusive tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the manufacturer of his favorite type of chocolate. Charlie doesn’t quite bargain for what he finds inside the factory, and the story is a gripping and colorful tale of his exploits behind the factory gates.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
No list of great children’s books would be complete without Frances Hodgson Burnett’s upbeat story of positive thinking and regrowth. A young girl with a strong personality moves to the home of her uncle, only to discover a secret garden. With her parents traveling overseas, she moves to her uncle’s estate where she finds a key to a locked garden. When she meets her sickly cousin, Colin, Mary supports his recovery, and the pair spend time enjoying the garden together as friends. The story concludes with Colin running, much to the amazement of those around him – helped every step of the way by Mary.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
One of the defining stories of modern times, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has influenced a generation of young readers. Harry is a wizard adopted by his non-wizarding aunt and uncle at a young age following the untimely death of his parents. He learns of the wizard world during a particularly unhappy spell living at home, and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Harry discovers more about the magic world he never knew existed, the story paints a vivid picture of a parallel world where anything is possible.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is undoubtedly one of the most famous stories in the world. Recent film adaptations have reintroduced the Narnia series to a new generation of readers, and the adventures of Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan have gripped kids for generations. The story revolves around the children discovering a portal to an alternative world through the back of a wardrobe. Vivid locations and characters add much of the entertainment value. The overarching power struggle and battle between good and evil means it is a firm favorite for kids that enjoy a good story.