Books for kids are widely sought today, and for good reason. There has never been a better time in history to write literature primarily purposed towards entertaining children. Where children’s authors were once scorned for specializing in a largely unsuccessful arena, children’s books are revered today. This is not only because they introduce young readers to the written word, but interestingly because of their ability to also intrigue and thrill adult minds.
Favorite Children’s Books
One is never too young to start reading, and the large variety of books for kids inundating the internet today shows a determination pervading the publishing industry to appeal to younger minds. We’re living in a golden age of literature, where books ostensibly written for kids are equally adored by readers of every generation.
Choosing a variety of well written, colorful, and entertaining stories from some of the best children’s books ever will help develop a love of reading and a love of learning in children. ChatEbooks lists down some timeless classics loved by both kids and adults.
Where the Wild Things Are
Written by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are delivers suspense, action and a lot of fun. Revolving around Max, a naughty boy who decides to wear a wolf suit when he is sent to bed without any dinner, the story promises adventure and suspense as strange creatures, both scary and funny, begin to appear in Max’s room. A Caldecott Medal recipient, Where the Wild Things Are will appeal to both children and adults, drawing readers into quite the adventurous tale.
When it comes to selecting books for kids, Charlotte’s Web is definitely an all-time classic pic! Whoever thought that a pig and a spider could be best friends? Delivering a bevy of beautifully crafted characters designed to mirror the various facets of life, this EB White masterpiece follows an altruistic spider “Charlotte” that saves the life of a pig named Wilbur. Exploring themes of mortality without frightening its young readers or overly complicating its message, Charlotte’s Web is considered to be one of the greatest books of all time.
The Cat in the Hat
This title should be on anyone’s Dr. Seuss books for kids list – a classic story of what to do on a rainy day. Published in 1957, The Cat in the Hat tells the story of an anthromorphic cat wearing a tall striped hat and red bow tie. The cat suddenly shows up at the house of two children, Sally and Conrad while their mother is away. With tons of wild rhyming, that is classic Dr. Seuss, the cat’s appearance only causes trouble. However, the mischief serves its purpose of entertaining the bored children as well as readers.
Published in 1937, The Hobbit is considered by some to be the greatest of fantasy novels written for children. Written by acclaimed English author J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit follows Bilbo and the journey he embarks upon in the company of dwarves. Apart from personal growth and forms of heroism as the central themes of the story, The Hobbit is filled with fun, action and adventure – frightening as many times as it humors. The level of imagination in this classic fantasy novel remains largely unmatched.
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
This first novel in J.K. Rowling’s hit “Harry Potter” series introduced an entire generation of children to reading. The book follows the adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A worldwide blockbuster topping almost every bestseller list, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s stone might be one of the most magical books for kids ever written, delivering a thrilling journey that will entertain both adults and children.
Admittedly, most individuals are biased in their choices of literature based on their own experiences. As such, one would be hard pressed to generate a truly objective and exhaustive list of the best books for kids. However, the books mentioned above are, without a doubt, among the best literary works produced for children and would therefore be a great addition to any home library!