This month the Top Five Wednesday group gets to write about topics that we may have missed the past few months. Choosing the topics was fairly easy for me and I am excited to share my lists with you. This week, I am recycling the topic from March 14th, 2018: Children’s Books to Read as Adults. As someone who dearly loves middle-grade and children’s classics, I am thrilled to be able to write this post. The Goodreads group for Top Five Wednesday can be found here. and is hosted by the lovely #ThoughtsonTomes and #gingerreadslainey.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan’s original mythology series is one of my favorites of all time. It is hilariously narrated by Percy Jackson, a young man who discovers that he is a demigod and must deal with all the trials and tribulations that come with being the son of a Greek god. In the first book, The Lightning Thief, Percy is only twelve years old, but despite his young age he is hilarious and insightful and I think any age group can relate to him. I did not read these books until I was in my early twenties (#regret for not reading them sooner) and I absolutely adored them. I marathoned the entire series and read the last installment, The Last Olympian, in which Percy is 16, in one sitting. I highly recommend this series to everyone.
- Harry Potter (Duh.) – I cannot make this list without mentioning Harry Potter. While there is some controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling these days, Harry Potter will forever and always be my favorite series. It has such valuable life lessons for children and adults alike. In my opinion, this series is as close to perfect as a series can get, and I believe that everyone should read it. My grandmother adores this series and she was in her sixties when she read it, so I know that any age group can enjoy these books. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, please give it a try, because it is truly amazing. Except The Cursed Child. Ignore that one.
- Little House on the Prairie – I chose this book series for one simple reason: it is delightful. Laura Ingalls Wilder takes us back to her childhood and we get a glimpse of what life was like in America in the 1880s. It is full of childish wonder and innocence and recently provided me with a much needed escape from reality. If you’re looking for a book to read to your children, or just a quick joyful book from a child’s point of view, I highly recommend picking up this series. Little House in the Big Woods is the first in the series and remains my favorite to this day.
- Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White’s classic children’s novel was one of my favorite childhood reads. Wilbur the pig remains one of my favorite protagonists because of his unique voice. While this book is a bit of a tear-jerker if you’re sappy like me, I highly recommend it. I plan to read it to my son when he gets a little older and I hope he loves it as much as me.
- – By far my favorite Dr. Seuss book and, in my opinion, one of his most important works. This famous children’s book provides the reader with a message of encouragement that I think we all need sometimes. I recently procured a copy for my young son and as I was reading it to him, I realized that the message was one that I needed to hear as well. It tells readers young and old that you can and will do great things in life. The book explains that there will be bumps along the way, but as long as we keep pushing forward, everything will be alright in the end. If you’re feeling down about where you are in life or feeling like you haven’t achieved your goals, I suggest giving this book a quick read. It did wonders for my attitude.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you did, leave me a like and a comment and let me know which children’s books you’ve loved and think everyone should read. I’d love some new recommendations. I’ll see you all in the next one!