Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! I love children’s books. There is something innocent about children’s books and every time I re-read a book I read when I was young, nostalgia pours over my soul. I know there are many adults who love to read but didn’t like reading much growing up. It’s never too late, I tell my friends. You can always go back and read them again. So without further ado, here are my top ten Children’s Book Series every adult should read (or re-read):
1-Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
This was the first fantasy series I read when I was young and it sparked my interest for all things fantasy. Four children bored one day go through a wardrobe into a brand new world. An icy queen and a brave lion battle it out. A superb series filled with fun, colorful characters with an inspirational message. There are seven books in all and I love each one!
2- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I know I don’t really have to explain the premise of Harry Potter to you but let me tell you why every adult needs to read this. Remember when you were young and your imagination took you to places you only dreamt possible? This series plays off your imagination and then takes you beyond it. The sheer world-building prowess of J. K. Rowling is reason enough to check out this series. Ignore the hype and just let yourself be immersed in the world of Harry Potter.
3- Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Growing up, I was never one who got excited learning about history. I’d much rather read a book than recite dates and famous people. When I first read this series, I didn’t expect much. I mean, it was a long time ago, right? But my grandparents gave me the set for Christmas one year and I tried it. I loved it and was captivated by how simple life was back then for Laura and the rest of the Ingalls family. Sure, there were chores to be done and pioneer life was hard, but there weren’t any cars and you knew everyone. I highly recommend this series, especially if you love historical fiction and/or historical romance.
4- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Ahhh, Lemony Snicket… how I love the sarcastic wit you bring to literature. Imagine you are an orphan (along with your two siblings) and you have no choice but to live with a distant relative. Now imagine that relative is trying to cause bad things to happen to you (child bride anyone?). A Series of Unfortunate Events is a smart, clever series that will make you smile and laugh at the same time. The movie didn’t do it justice and the books are so well-written, I re-read them all the time. Plus, they are hardcover and the illustrations are top-notch.
5- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Another fantasy series I discovered when I was young. My mother introduced this series to me and I love it! A dark and stormy night (isn’t that always the case), a stranger invades Meg’s world and tells her great stories of time travel and adventures. Is this what happened to Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared years ago? So beings Meg’s journey and we get to experience vast lands while delving deep into our imaginations. A superb series and I highly recommend it!
6- Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish
Looking for something fun to read? Why not try Amelia Bedelia. While this is a chapter book, the illustrations and the stories make me laugh. Amelia Bedelia is always getting into trouble and things never work out like they’re supposed to. She mistakes words and their meanings which makes for a fun read through the English language. Don’t we all wish life could be this simple? A light-hearted series and I promise you it will bring out the little kid in you.
7- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riodan
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Greek myths and monsters. I grew up imagining what a Cyclops looked like and if he had a hearty laugh. I wondered if Hercules could really be that strong. Percy Jackson and the Olympians answers all my questions (and then some) while grabbing my collar and transports me to Mount Olympus. Non-stop action and adventure makes this series fun for everyone. There were many times, I lost track of time while reading this and it’s fantasy at its best. I believe its Zeus approved.
8- Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Who doesn’t like to laugh a lot? From the Simpsons to American Dad, adults everywhere are laughing at hilarious circumstances and the occasional potty humor. Enter Captain Underpants. He’s the superhero everyone needs on their bookshelf. Delightful illustrations and potty humor makes this a keeper!
9- The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Life is hard for these four children: orphaned and hungry while running from a mean grandfather. But suddenly they find an abandoned train car and so begins the series of the Boxcar children. I remember reading this at the library many years ago and loving it. Simple pleasures that most people take for granted are prized possessions to these four children is one of the many themes of this series. I loved the imagery and adventures the Alden children go through. It brings to mind one question: what would you do if you were homeless and found an abandoned train car?
10- I Survived… Lauren Tarshis
I am new to this series and I have tried a few books already. It takes world events like Hurricane Katrina, September 11th and the Great Chicago Fire and makes them relatable to children. Like I have said before, I am not a huge history buff but this series resonates with me. A child’s perspective on the world is a powerful thing and this series is terrific!
What children book series was your favorite growing up? Share in the comments below.
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MRS N, Book Addict