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

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