It is no secret that I love to read. If you are shocked by that, just see my 50 book challenges from the last years on my sidebar. But while I love all types of literature I think that Children's Lit is some of the most powerful stuff out there. If you haven't reread your favorite kids books as an adult you should. Not only will you be able to relive a treasured part of your childhood but you will find something new to speak to you too.
So I've decided to share with you all my Top Ten children's books (and series) that I think all adults should read sometime in their lives.
5. The Time Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle. Starting with A Wrinkle in Time, this book set merges a sense of science, music, faith and teenage insecurities in a enchanting package. If you haven't read these you must, L'Engle is a master with the written word and her writing is stunning and powerful.
6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. This is a must for little girls growing up, although amazingly I didn't find it until I was an adult. It is great because while it gives a glimpse of living in an earlier time all the themes of girlhood are there.
7. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls WIlder. This is another series that I took up as an adult - though my sister read them when they were young. What is great about them is that it really gives a sense of what it meant to live on the edge of the wild. It reminds you not to take your life for granted, and the reading is quite easy for the young chapter book readers to take on.
8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. This is one of those fascinating survival stories that make such interesting children's books. Karana abandons her tribes boat to save her 6 yr old brother who was going to be left behind. What follows in a story of the ups and downs of learning to care for her and her brother. It is not without difficulty and sadness as she surivives for 18 years on the island. It even won a Newbery Award.
9. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Bring kleenex because you will cry reading this book. This book alone is enough for me to find a way to give my son a dog. There is something about the love between a boy and his puppies in this book that touches your heart, as a child but even as an adult.
10. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall. This is a recent find and just a charming book. Like many of these books they involve precocious children who are missing a parent or parents seeking out adventures. What I loved about this one is the relationship of the sisters. There is love and frustration, comradery and competition in the relationships of the children, but ultimately they are sisters first and foremost. There is a sequel to this book as well.
Honorable Mentions: Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Ramona Quimby Books, The Westing Game, The Phantom Tollbooth, Number the Stars, Bridge to Terabithia and many many more!
What children's books would you add to my list of books for adults to read?