Reading to children is an opportunity to re-visit some of your much-loved classics but also to discover new favorite characters and make new memories. This is our selection of classics books for adults to read to children.
8 Classics Books To Read To Your Children
Relive your childhood memories, make new magical moments and pass these classics books on to a new generation.
1) The Secret Garden; Frances Hodgson Burnett
An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried – and a boy who talks to animals. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children’s classics.
Through her discovery of the secret garden, Mary Lennox is gradually transformed from a spoilt and unhappy child into a healthy, unselfish girl who in turn redeems her neglected cousin and his gloomy, Byronic father.
2) Charlotte’s Web; E. B. White
Wilbur the pig’s life has already been saved by Fern, but when he is sold to her uncle he realizes his life is in even more danger.
Enter Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. Charlotte is determined to keep Wilbur from the chopping block and comes up with an ingenious way to do just that.
3) Anne of Green Gables; L. Montgomery
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They are waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter.
It’s not long before Anne finds herself in trouble, but soon it becomes impossible for the Cuthberts to imagine life without ‘their’ Anne – and for the people of Avonlea to recall what it was like before this wildly creative little girl whirled into town.
4) Lampie; Annet Schaap
Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper’s daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins. In disgrace, Lampie is sent to work as a maid at the Admiral’s Black House, where rumor has it that a monster lurks in the tower. But what she finds there is stranger and more beautiful than any monster.
Soon Lampie is drawn into a fairytale adventure in a world of mermaids and pirates, where she must fight with all her might for friendship, freedom and the right to be different.
5) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; C. S. Lewis
Four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change… and a great sacrifice.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
6) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; L. Frank Baum
`The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick,’ said the Witch; `so you cannot miss it. When you get to Oz do not be afraid of him, but tell your story and ask him to help you.’
A cyclone hits Kansas and whirls away Dorothy and her little dog Toto to the magical Land of Oz, where wild beasts talk, silver shoes have magic powers, and good witches offer protection with a kiss. But Dorothy has made an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West. With her new friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, they brave many dangers in search of the Wonderful Wizard in his Emerald City at the heart of Oz to ask him to grant each of them what they most desire – only to find that they already possess it.
7) Little Women; Louisa May Alcott
Come laugh and cry with the March family. Meg – the sweet-tempered one. Jo – the smart one. Beth – the shy one. Amy – the sassy one. Together they’re the March sisters. Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong.
The family may not have much money, but that doesn’t stop them from creating their own fun and forming a secret society. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.
8) Heidi; Johanna Spyri
At the age of five, little orphan Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps. Everyone in the village is afraid of him, but Heidi is fascinated by his long beard and bushy grey eyebrows. She loves her life in the mountains, playing in the sunshine and growing up amongst the goats and birds.
But one terrible day, Heidi is collected by her aunt and is made to live with a new family in town. Heidi can’t bear to be away from her grandfather; can she find a way back up the mountain, where she belongs?
At Book Depository, they recognize the importance of reading out loud to your children and never tire of revisiting our favorite books from childhood. There’s something magical about checking in on old friends and journeying through familiar locations. Book Depository presents its selection of classics books for children, from Roald Dahl to Enid Blyton, as well as the ever-popular J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. These are the greatest children’s books and stories for kids.
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