Book Lovers Day- 14 classics that your kids will love!

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Today is National Book Lover’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at some of the great classics that we loved as kids.

classic books your kids will love

See anything you remember from your childhood?  I have to tell you that it was very hard to choose just 14 of my favorites.  I was an avid reader as a child and there was always a book in my hand.  Book Lovers Day is a day to appreciate these amazing classics and pass them onto our kids to enjoy.  They are all timeless.

Take a walk down memory lane with me…

charlottes Web

1. Charlotte’s Web

Written by E.B. White, a story about a pig named Wilbur, a little girl named Fern, and a very smart spider named Charlotte, who takes it upon herself to save Wilbur’s life from inevitable slaughter.  Her ingenious plan involves a web, a rat, and lots of other animals on the farm.

a wrinkle in time

2. A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

The classic battle between good and evil, written by Madeleine L’Engle.  Introduces us to Meg and Charles Wallace Murry and their friend Calvin O’Keefe.  When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader, IT.

the secret garden

3. The Secret Garden

Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Sad and lonely orphan Mary Lennox goes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire moors.  She soon discovers it is full of secrets.  She meets a magical boy and then discovers a secret garden, forgotten for many years.

flat stanley

4. Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!

Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find that a bulletin board had fallen on top of him overnight and now he is only half an inch thick!  And then his amazing adventure begins!  Written by Jeff Brown.

where the sidewalk ends

5. Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings

You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. And so much more.  Written by Shel Silverstein, this collection of poems and drawings is hilarious and profound.

the giving tree

6. The Giving Tree with CD

Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy.” A beautifully written tale of a boy and a tree and the art of giving and taking.  Written by Shel Silverstein.

charlie and the chocolate factory

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

I’m sure you are familiar with the movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  This is the original book about the eccentric chocolate-maker who makes wishes come true. Written by Roald Dahl.

island of the blue dolphin

8. Island of the Blue Dolphins

Far off the coast of California is the small island of San Nicholas. This is a story of a young Indian girl who spends eighteen years there alone.  Totally enthralling.  Written by Scott O’Dell.

tikki tikki tembo

9. Tikki Tikki Tembo

Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent’s classic re-creation of an ancient Chinese folktale about a young boy who’s older brother has fallen into a well.  We quickly learn about the danger of having such an honorable name as Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo. (It does have a happy ending).  🙂

are you there god its me margaret

10. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

A classic book for adolescents that covers issues of body image and relationships with God.  A great coming of age story by Judy Blume.

the cat in the hat

11. The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R))

Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up.  A hilarious tale of a crazy cat who takes them on an amazing adventure.  Great for beginning readers! Written by the wonderful Dr. Seuss.


12. Corduroy

Written by Don Freeman.  Read about the hilarious adventures of Corduroy the bear.  A classic favorite!

mouse and the motorcycle

13. The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Ralph the mouse discovers a toy motorcycle left there by a young guest. His adventure begins when the young owner, Keith teaches him how to ride the bike. Once a mouse can ride a motorcyle … almost anything can happen!  Written by Beverly Cleary.


14. Madeline

A short children’s story about a young girl who lives with eleven other girls in a home in Paris and who has to go to the hospital to have her appendix removed. A classic favorite!

Did I cover your favorite childhood book here?  What was your favorite book growing up?

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2 comments… add one
  • Solfreedom August 14, 2014, 2:27 am

    All wonderful books! My favorites were Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs and Little House on the Prairie!

  • norene August 9, 2013, 8:04 am

    I remember reading some of these to you kids when you were little. Especially Tikki Tikki Tembo. My favorites when I was a kid so long ago were Winnie The Poo and Brer Rabbit.


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