Today’s Top Five Tuesday features my childhood favorites!
A lot of children’s literature offers important life lessons. That is part of the reason I feel reading is crucial for kids, beyond literacy. Although there are SO MANY books/series that I could love on from my childhood, my top 5 remains the same:
1. THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
I believe The Little Prince is such an important book. It focuses on themes of friendship, overcoming narrow mindedness, and the path to finding the truth. As an adult, I can appreciate the wisdom that it shares while still being fun and whimsical.
2. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is so full of the nonsensical and fantastical that it’s hard to NOT enjoy it. I love the colorful characters and unusual situations that Alice encounters. I think Carroll has inspired the imaginations of many through these collective works.
3. PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
Another timeless tale, Peter Pan offers young readers hope at the heart of it. This story is a fascinating reminder that you’re only young for a little while and childhood should be a time to treasure. I also adamantly believe that Neverland is one of the absolute most enchanting literary worlds that all should visit through reading.
4. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis
“I discovered that the wisdom of the world, and a great deal of its folly also, is to be found in the pages of books.”
The Chronicles of Narnia is profound! The amazing thing about this series is that it doesn’t hold the most remarkable prose, but the fantasy and journey makes it so great! Readers experience evil right alongside of the magic and phenom. I truly think Narnia is one of the most well built worlds in children’s (or all) literature.
5. THE ADVENTURES OF PIPPI LONGSTOCKING by Astrid Lindgren
“Pippi does not live by anyone’s rules but her own, and she’s perfectly fine with being a little different.”
This series is vastly underrated! There is so much to learn from Pippi Longstocking about self-love and being your own person regardless of stigmas. She is an eccentric whirlwind, throwing things into chaos and asking questions rather than being told how it is. She has a rebellious nature, but then again, all of my favorite heroines do! Pippi is one of those characters I’ll never forget.
I could go on for days about books and series from my childhood! Some honorable mentions include Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins/High, and The American Girl books.
What are YOUR favorite childhood books?