Classic Children’s Books

The first week in March is a special week for children’s literacy, with both World Book Day and Dr Seuss Day taking place. Children up and down the country celebrate some of the worlds best loved children’s authors with dress up and fun reading related activities.

As a self confessed book lover, I love celebrating literature and reading. As a child, I loved nothing more than getting lost in a good book, and I’m thankful that my children have developed a love of reading too. Reading is something that can be enjoyed together as a family. I just love curling up on the sofa with the kids and enjoying a bit of story time. We get a huge pile of books from the library every week, and I’ve jut bought £20 books for £20 this week from The Works, which should give us a few weeks of new reading pleasure.

One of my favourite things about reading with the kids is that I get to relive some of my childhood memories through their book choices. There are some children’s books which are absolutely timeless; Books that I used to read when I was a child that children are still enjoying today. So I’ve put together a list of my favourite classic children’s literature, the books that have well and truly stood the test of time.

Classic Children’s Books

Dr Seuss – Oh The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss has a way with words like no other. His ability to adapt the English language, make up his own whacky words and make everything rhyme is so unique. I love most of his books, in fact if I was making a top ten a large chunk of them would be his: Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham & The Cat in the Hat being some of my favourites, but Oh The Places You’ll Go is my number one. This book has some serious life lessons crammed in to it, but all in that unmistakeable Dr Seuss style. I love this book so much, I have quotes from it on my bedroom wall.

Roald Dahl – Revolting Rhymes – Classic fairytales with a twist. Dahls interpretation of six well known tales has been making children laugh for over 30 years. I remember loving it when I was a child and my children love it now.

Enid Blyton – The Enchanted Wood – The first in the series of books known as The Faraway Tree series, which happen to be my favourite books of all time. The Enchanted Wood was first published in 1939(!) and is still a favourite today. Three children find a magic tree called the faraway tree in the wood beside their home, which is filled with magical creatures. A little ladder at the top of the tree takes them to a magical land, which changes every time they climb it. It’s a real feast for the imagination!

Judith Kerr – The Tiger Who Came to Tea – One of the best selling children’s books of all time, which has been delighting children since 1968. Is there any child or adult who hasn’t read this book? It’s a lovely story of a very unexpected visitor, and it’s a firm favourite in my house.

Which classic children’s books are your favourite? I’d love to know in the comments below!

this is a collaborative post

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  • Reply Devon Mama March 3, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I loved reading The Enchanted Wood when I was younger, just seeing it in your post made me smile. I remember being obsessed with Enid Blyton books and would read them over and over again. Thanks for reminding me of such a lovely memory, some great books here.

  • Reply Laura - Dear Bear and Beany March 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I love to read and thankfully my girls do to. We can often be found snuggled up reading books together. The tiger that came to tea is a favourite of ours. I love to read books I read as a child like Little Red Riding Hood x

  • Reply Lynsey March 4, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I love reading and my five year old does too. We have just read Charlie and the chocolate factory together. At the moment she likes to pick up her book of Aesops tales. She loves the hare and the toirtois and the boy who cried wolf. I love that we now get to ready all the fairy tales on a night. Reminds me of my childhood too. Reading with children is great.
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  • Reply Jules Pondering Parenthood March 4, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I love Roald Dahl but I think sometimes children get a bit too stuck on him and need a bit of variety! I think a classic picture book has to be Dogger, by Shirley Hughes. A beautiful book!

  • Reply Mudpie Fridays March 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    You have just taken me back to my childhood, Enid Blyton featured a lot in my reading. I use to love this series and would wish that I lived in a tree with a helter skelter in the trunk. Monkey loves The Tiger that come to Tea, and we have seen the stage show a couple of times! I must admit I always go to The Works when I am searching for new books such good value and we love the variety.
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