50 Children’s Books All Adults Should Read

For our latest on site poll we quizzed you for some recommendations on children’s books that have a good message for adults too. We counted almost a thousand replies and from those we have a list of 50 children’s books all adults should read.

Of course we don’t want to dictate what you should read, but from your votes we have a list of fifty children’s books that you recommended! We’re sure many of you will have your own suggestions too, feel free to add them in the comments.

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The book with the most votes, by far is The Little Prince. There’s good reason why it’s the world’s most translated book and it clearly strikes a chord with many of you.

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The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree from poet Shel Silverstein is a beautiful lesson in giving and love, written for children with a message that can be appreciated by adults too.

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Harry Potter Series – J. K Rowling

The tale of the boy wizard is loved by all ages, through the generations. Harry Potter is a personal favourite of both myself and my children and many of you think adults would love it too.

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The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit is so loved, he’s had his fur all rubbed off but it’s this that makes him real in this beautiful story, perfect for all ages.

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Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss

Every child needs to know that they have the whole world in front of them, but sometimes adults need to hear it too! This was one of several Seuss books recommended for this poll.

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The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a favourite of mine as a child and this perfect tale of love and morals is perfect at any age, with many of you agreeing.

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Anne of Green Gables – L. M Montgomery

Anne with an E was always a favourite of mine and even as an adult this lovely book series is well worth a revisit.

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Wonder – R. J Palacio

Wonder is a beautiful story of acceptance, about a boy with a serious facial disfigurement. Currently being adapted for movie, it’s one of those stories with lessons for adults too.

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The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is classic children’s literature that really does appeal to all ages. Despite being written over a hundred years ago it’s full of plenty of lessons for today too.

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Charlotte’s Web – E. B White

Charlotte’s Web is a beautiful story about an anthropomorphised pig and spider, and while it might be written for children it’s a beautiful story about love, loss, and the meaning of life.

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Winnie the Pooh – A. A. Milne

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

Watership Down – Richard Adams

The Lorax – Dr Seuss

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawles

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graeme

Not Now Bernard – David McKee

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

Matilda – Roald Dahl

The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

Are you There God, it’s me Margaret – Judy Blume

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Love You Forever – Robert Munsch

Little Women – Louise May Alcott

Little House Series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch

The Wizard of Oz – Frank Baum

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Ferdinand the Bull – Munro Leaf

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Bridge to Terabithia  – Katherine Paterson

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  – Mark Twain

13 Reasons Why  – Jay Asher

A Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crocket Johnson

Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper

The Butter Battle Book   – Dr Seuss

Danny Champion of the World – Roald Dahl

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lingred

The Book Thief  – Markus Zusak

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

Haroun and the Sea of Stories -Salman Rushdie

When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

George R.R. Martin Gives Us His Book Recommendations

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George R.R. Martin has shot to fame in recent years after his gritty fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted into a TV show by HBO. Called Game of Thrones, the series has become one of the biggest shows on TV and has helped newcomers discover Martin’s equally great novels. Game of Thrones‘ final season is set to air next year, but we’re still eagerly waiting for the next installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. If you can’t wait for the next book, then why not check out this list of books Martin has recommended?

As the New York Public Library reports, Martin has given us not one, but two lists of books he feels we should read, fantasy and general fiction, so there should be something for everyone here.

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Barack Obama Shares What Books He’s Been Reading

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It’s always interesting to learn what other people are reading, even more so when they happen to have been one of the most powerful people on the planet. If you’ve been wondering what former US President Barack Obama has been reading since he left office then you’re in luck. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, Obama recently took to his official Facebook page to share what he’s been reading.

“I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time,” he wrote. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss The Americans – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer.” Read More

5 Brilliant Books About Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was an actress, model and singer and by far one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1st, 1926 she grew up to be the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, perfecting the blonde bombshell persona still emulated by many today.

Monroe’s private life was not without controversy and she had documented struggles with substance abuse, depression and anxiety. Her second and third marriages to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller were both highly publicised and both ended in divorce, then there were the rumours of an affair with the president. Read More

London Review of Books Dedicates Entire Issue to Grenfell Tragedy

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For the first time in the history of the London Review of Books, the new edition contains just one article; a 60,000 word investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy and its political aftermath.

The edition is written by the London Review of Books editor Andrew O’Hagan and is entitled ‘The Tower’, described as “the fullest account yet” of the tragedy. Read More



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