Ten Children's Books Everyone Should Read
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
— 1 Corinthians 13:11
Putting away childish things is all well and good, but sometimes the things that made your childhood so great can work just as well as an adult. I mean, you obviously wouldn't want anyone to know about some creepy obsession with the Garbage Pail Kids, but reading a well-written, nostalgia-inducing childrens book from your past can often be delightful - especially when you're reading to your own kids.
So whether you're 10 years old or 57, these books are definitely worth a read. They're also a great starting point if you're searching for books to read to your children while secretly enjoying them yourself.
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Set in a time "Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men", The Hobbit tells of the adventures of the home-loving Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit living in the Shire, who goes out on a quest to gain a fair share of the treasure of Smaug the dragon. His quest leads him from the cheery lands of the Shire into the more sinister lands where the dragon lives.
This precursor to The Lord of the Rings is a tale of adventure that can completely absorb the reader, both young and old. If you picked it up as a child and couldn't stick with it, try reading it again as an adult – it will be well worth your time.
The BFG – Roald Dahl
There is no greater answer to the question "Where do dreams come from?" than The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant). The story tells the tale of Sophie, a little girl who cannot fall asleep and her friendship with the friendly giant who collects good dreams to distribute to sleeping children.
Like all Roald Dahl's children's stories, the combination of humor and wild flights of fantasy will enchant you. The book is written for children but adults can definitely enjoy Dahl's wit, creativity and penchant for the ridiculous.