We all remember one of our favorite childhood books.
Majority, (if not all) of mine were horse-related. I grew up eating, breathing, and sleeping horses. I even had a shirt that said so, so I naturally leaned towards stories influenced by the lovely creatures. Don’t worry, I didn’t flood this list with horse books, as they aren’t up everyone’s alley.
Each of these books are great for every age of reader. Personally, I think it’s quite healthy to read children’s books as an adult because it helps us to remember the wonder children have, and the wonder we should still have.
Have you ever noticed how there isn’t a lot of detail in children’s books? It’s because the imagination is allowed to take over and drive the story, rather than the words themselves. As adults stuck in “real world” scenarios almost all of the time, it’s healthy to allow our minds to see stories and life in a different light; to revel in simplicity.
But that’s not the only reason to pick up children’s books. Many, if not all, are written for a purpose. All-to-often is the purpose in YA and adult novels utterly forgotten. Children’s books, on the other hand, tend to be more wholesome, meaningful, and undeniably universal.
Here are five reads that I’ve found to include some of these traits, and could benefit any reader that decides to pick one up.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
The first book in the Time Quintet, this odd little Sci-Fi novel rotates around the theme of good vs. evil, and the meaning of love. While there are strong Christian undertones, the overall concept of the book is applicable to any-aged reader. In truth, I found some of L'Engle's concepts difficult to understand, because I was reading everything too literally. This book will challenge any reader to look inwardly, and access love in it's purest form.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I think this may be a popular pick for this topic. While The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe is well-known--it is well-known for good a reason! Honestly, any book in this series is worth picking up at any age, as again, there are so many great learning points for all! Not only that, but the characters are extremely relateable, and the whimsy is just lovely. I think the fact which makes The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe most impactful is it's main theme--sacrifice. While this story follows the lines of the Bible and Jesus' sacrifice for humanity, Aslan does the same. I could also argue the fact that love is a major theme, as Aslan sacrifices himself in every thinkable way to protect and redeem the ones that he loves.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heidi is a rather new story for myself. I hadn't heard of it until late last year--and I'm glad I did! This sweet (but sad) little story is set in the Swiss Alps. A girl, who is unwanted by everyone, manages to win the heart of her grandfather. Just when she forms a strong bond with him, her aunt takes her away to be a wealthy man's daughter's companion. Having little to no training on decorum, Heidi has a lot to learn. One thing she doesn't need to learn about is how to be a friend. This tale has it all--happiness, heart-ache, and mystery (and harbors a gothic feel at times).
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Another sweet tale, The Secret Garden is an impactful story about friendship. While some of the characters take a while to warm up to, each and every one becomes very likable. This classical tale gives that warm fuzzy feeling as companionship, and selflessness are learned along with the characters.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
One of my personal favorites growing up, I remember devouring this read every time. Told from the horse's perspective, Beauty experiences all walks of life. I think that's what makes a book like this so relateable, because the main character experiences the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. It will probably bring you to tears, so be ready for that. It's an easy, but very realistic read.