10 Children’s Books You Need To Read As An Adult

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10 Children’s Books You Need To Read As An Adult

By Kirsty

We love all children's books at Boolino - but these are our top 10 children's books to read as an adult. Read on to find out which classics made it onto our list... 

Read through our favourite children's books you need to read as an adult and comment below if you have any you would add to our list!

Children's Books You Need To Read As An Adult

1. Where the Wild Things Are

One of our favourite children’s books EVER. Where the Wild Things Are has so many life lessons that can be applied to a toddler’s life as well as ours. It teaches you to let your wild side out once in a while, as well as to never judge someone by first appearances. It’s a beautiful story, which teaches the power of love and family.

“Oh, please don't go — we'll eat you up — we love you so!”

Children's Books To Read As An Adult

2. Stargirl

We read this book in our teenage years and it stuck with us through life, it’s a timeless book. It’s a celebration of being different, which we should all embrace, as well as being filled with the thrills of first love.

“We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not seem to get past 'weird' and 'strange' and 'goofy'. Her ways knocked us off balance”

3. The Little Prince

A little boy leaves his planet and learns all about human nature and adults on his adventures. It shows us that the worries we have aren’t really big worries at all. Sometimes it does well to take a look at life from another perspective.

“All grown-ups were once children... but only a few of them remember it.” 

4. Matilda

Matilda rocks. She is an independent girl who loves to read, what every little girl should aim to be! This book is great for grown-ups as Roald Dahl never took himself too seriously. Can’t think of the word? Make a new one! Fantasticool.

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable...” 

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5. Harry Potter

Read these again from start to beginning and you will realise how much you missed! J.K Rowling drops hints throughout the series to what will happen, as well as introducing more adult themes as the books go on; death, love, loss, and grief.

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Okay, this is a cliché, we know, but it’s a classic. It never hurts to think about the wealth of opportunities that we have in front of us, especially in times where we might feel stuck. For kids, it’s brilliant to fill their heads with dreams of endless opportunities.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

7. Charlotte’s Web

This book is so much more than just a story about a pig, a girl, and a spider. It’s about loyalty, sacrifice, and friendship. In this story, there are no socio-economic or class barriers, which is one of the most important lessons we can all take on board.

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 

Books To Read As An Adult8. The Catcher in the Rye

We’ve all been there with Holden, thinking that the new hipster bar is phony, as well as that new girl at work, oh, and that barista too, totally phony. But the real lesson in The Catcher in the Rye is that whilst they might be phony, you can find depth in other things – books, for example! Also, keep a hold of your non-phony friends; they’re the ones who really matter.

“Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.” 

9. A Monster Calls

A fantasy book about a boy, his seriously ill mum, and a monster. The lesson taught in this book? It’s okay to not be happy all the time, in fact, it’s perfectly normal. People need to grieve, and this book teaches us that love doesn’t suddenly stop after death.

“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

10. The Velveteen Rabbit

That’s the book from Friends, right? Well yes, but so much more! It’s a beautiful book about how toys become real by being loved, which teaches us about ignoring the people who don’t believe in you. The book shows that love is hard, but it’s 100% worth it.

“Once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”

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Keywords in this post: young adult, children's books, dr seuss, jd salinger, jk rowling

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