10 Kids Books to Read Again as an Adult

10 Kids Books to Read Again as an Adult

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Anne Momber
Nov 29, 2016

What better way to dive headfirst into that cozy feeling of being a kid again than picking up one of your old-school, all-time favorite books? Turning through the pages of one of these tales is like stepping through time in the best way possible—which is why this list of stories ranging from children's classics to young adult fiction should definitely make your TBR list. And the best part? Whether they're stories you've read before or brand new to you, these kids' books are just as much fun to read as an adult.

Matilda

This whimsical story about a little girl with magical powers may have convinced more than one child (you caught me) that telekinesis was the ideal way to save the day. The quirky storyline and illustrations are just as fun accompanied by a grown-up glass of wine.

The Giver

I still haven't seen the fairly recent film adaptation of this book—but that's mostly because there's no way a movie could live up to the standard set by this work of dystopian fiction. I fondly think of it as the original resource for more recent favorites like the Hunger Games series.

A Wrinkle in Time

When Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit appear one wildly stormy night, they pull Meg, her friend Calvin and her younger brother Charles Wallace into an adventure unlike anything they'd ever dreamed. If you read no other book on this list, read this one. It's that good.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley is nothing short of a childhood icon. And this book (and its seven sequels) hasn't lost any of its wide-eyed, wonder-packed magic with age.

Hatchet

When Brian crash-lands alone in the Canadian wilderness, he has to survive with no training and no resources aside from a hatchet. This book is about so much: survival, courage, the wild. It's a riveting story about overcoming adversity and being brave—two things that still matter as an adult.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Feeling under appreciated at home, Claudia decides to run away and takes her younger brother with her. In a stroke of brilliance, she chooses a place that's beautiful and elegant: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But then she and her brother stumble across a mystery in the museum and—well, you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

There is no better way to get to Narnia than through this book. Plus, it's only the first in a truly magical series and I'm going to throw it out there that these stories have only gotten better as I've gotten older.

Maniac Magee

This story, which explores themes of racism and homelessness, follows an orphan boy who becomes a local legend for his fearlessness and athleticism.

Holes

One word: sploosh. Plus there's the curse Stanley Yelnats' pig-stealing great-great-grandfather has handed down for generations. This one's wonderfully inventive and slightly, darkly funny. You'll like it.

The Little Prince

A mixture of allegory and autobiography, The Little Prince is about a boy who leaves his planet to explore the universe, learning about human behavior and ultimately discovering the things that matter most are those we can't see. A book for children, but seemingly also written for adults, this tale is a classic to be read over and over.

What's your favorite children's book? Have you read it again as an adult? Tell us in the comments below!

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