As a child, I read a lot. I read a lot of fantasy, and non-fiction (mostly because of my mother), and plenty of classics. These are some of my favorites that I wouldn’t hesitate to read again.
1. A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It’s also one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve seen the Shirley Temple version and the 1995 version (where this gif was from), and I really prefer the 1995 one. I read this novel when I was in grade four, and I think this novel was the first sad book I’d ever read. But it’s a wonderful tale that’s heartwarming and just purely wonderful.
2. THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Wow… I didn’t even realize these two books were from the same author until I looked up who the author of this book was. I haven’t seen the movie version of this one so I don’t have any opinion on that, but this book is amazing. For those of you who don’t know it’s about a spoiled little girl who’s recently become orphaned. “Mistress Mary who’s quite contrary until she lets her garden grow”. She makes unlikely friendships, and overall, it’s a good story with a happy ending.
3. THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
I’m sure all of you know this novel. In fact, probably the next two that I list are going to be very well known childhood favorites. I don’t know why I like this novel so much. Maybe it’s that despite how wonderful the land of Oz is, Dorothy would rather go home. That’s such a strange concept to me, because I can’t wait until next year, when I’m moving out. But still, this novel is a must read for any child with a thirst for adventure.
4. ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
I have to confess something… I’ve never seen the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. The only movie version I’ve seen is the Tim Burton adaptation, which is where the gif is taken from. I love Alice in Wonderland with all my heart, and will definitely always treasure this story.
5. PETER PAN by JM Barrie
This is another one that I haven’t seen the Disney edition of! I know what I’m doing once exam week is over… I think there’s a certain level of fascination of Peter Pan that goes hand in hand with why people love it so much. The idea of never growing old, and being a child forever, with no worries, it sounds like paradise.
What are your favorite children’s classics? Comment below!