T5W – Children’s Books We Should Read As Adults

I’m currently on spring break, and I’m reading, but not fast enough to get a book review out for you today.

Instead, I thought I’d take a walk down memory lane and talk about some of the books I loved as a child and why I loved them. Today, for top five Wednesday, I give you children’s books that we should read as adults.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did writing it.

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I’ve reread this book about a dozen times because I’ve read it with my 6th graders two years in a row. Honestly, the appeal of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for children is that it’s about this incredible magical place with a crazy man. As an adult, the book begs the question of Dahl’s thoughts on socialism, slavery and karma. It’s a fun one to reread as an adult and I think that anything Dahl writes holds up as we age.

2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting is one of the first books I read where I was invested in the main characters love life. When I was older and reading it, I understood better that it wasn’t about Winnie having a crush on an immortal teenage boy, but that it was about her freedom and autonomy and how we all have to make decisions, no matter how crappy they are.

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

You don’t even have to have reason to reread The Sorcerers Stone because it’s Harry Potter and Harry Potter is everything. It’s what made a reader and I think that speaks in and of itself.

4. The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

I finished this book in my fifth grade class. We had small reading groups. Some students got stuck with Where the Red Fern Grows and other various books. I am really thankful that my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Billups, forced me to read The Bridge to Terabithia as it made a huge impact on me. I mean, it made me cry while I was in class finishing our readings.

5. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad books should always be reread because they give a good laugh. Also, they have two friends, who are obviously different, but love each other no matter the hijinks that they get into.

What are some of your favorite childhood reads?


8 thoughts on “T5W – Children’s Books We Should Read As Adults

  1. All five that you listed, haha!

    A few more:
    – The Borrowers
    – Anything by Beverly Cleary
    – Holes
    – Anything by Louis Sachar
    – A Wrinkle In Time
    – Charlotte’s Web
    – The Chronicles of Narnia
    – Wonder
    – The Phantom Tollbooth
    – The Giver and series

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  2. What a great list! I loved Tuck Everlasting and my fourth grader just read The Bridge to Terabithia for the first time. He said it was a great but sad one. I totally agree. I have to throw in my hat for Wrinkle In time!


  3. Harold and the Purple Crayon is one of my favorites still! It’s so sweet and adorable, I love the ending. My favorite thing, though was always how he was able to draw his world and turn it into whatever his imagination could brew up. Probably why I’m striving for a writing career right now! 🙂


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