Children's Books I'll Re-Read No Matter How Old I Am

Kids' books that stand the test of time and are enjoyable even as an adult.
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2,339 books · 3,348 voters · list created December 4th, 2009 by Ann L (votes) .
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message 1: by A.C. (new)

A.C. Flory Can we add Rudyard Kiplings 'Kim' and 'The Jungle Book' to this list?


message 2: by Debbie (last edited Nov 08, 2012 06:54PM) (new)

Debbie Heidi

loved this book as a child, still love it!


message 3: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton (and the other four Borrowers books).

'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Philippa Pearce.

These should definitely be on the list!


message 4: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Ceccato What a wonderful list! I love this list!


message 5: by Amy (new)

Amy Great list! Need to add "Bartholomew Cubbins and the 500 Hats", "Eye of the Dragon" and "The Trouble with Jenny's Ear."


message 6: by Richard (new)

Richard Jane Eyre is a children's classic?


message 7: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Richard wrote: "Jane Eyre is a children's classic?"

I wouldn't think so. The Hobbit seems a bit of a stretch for me as a children's book.


message 8: by Richard (new)

Richard Misfit wrote: "Richard wrote: "Jane Eyre is a children's classic?"

I wouldn't think so. The Hobbit seems a bit of a stretch for me as a children's book."


I also wondered about Night. A classic certainly, but hardly suitable for children, I would think.


message 9: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Where are the list police when we need them?

Let's see if the list creator chimes in, librarians can remove them, but we have to be careful that they truly don't suit the list or lose librarian status.


message 10: by [deleted user] (last edited Nov 19, 2013 05:56PM) (new)

Misfit wrote: "Richard wrote: "Jane Eyre is a children's classic?"

I wouldn't think so. The Hobbit seems a bit of a stretch for me as a children's book."


Jane Eyre is a definite "no", but people tend to put the Hobbit on Kids' Classics lists all the time. I think Tolkien wrote it with a younger audience in mind.


message 11: by Katie (new)

Katie Gatto I forgot about " The Monster at the End of this Book " I loved that when I was little. I think my mom was sick of it by the time I was 2!


message 12: by Katie (new)

Katie Gatto With The Hobbit it depends on the kid. I know some kids who have read it by age 8, others don't get to it until their teens.


message 13: by Emma (new)

Emma Pettersson You're never too old to read C.S. Lewis or Roald Dahl!


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege I don't see The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge on this list. I have just bought the Folio Society hardback as a present for a friend - and another copy for myself as it is such a beautiful object and my old copy is tattered. J.K. Rowling acknowledged this book as an influence. Another overlooked classic that influenced her was The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White (ignore the Disney version)and it should also be on the list in its own right.


message 15: by Misty (new)

Misty Harms Where The Red Fern Grows is a classic. I haven't thought about it in years.


message 16: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel I love this list!! Great idea.

Re CS Lewis and Roald Dahl, I totally agree - you're never too big for them :-) . I used to absolutely devour Dahl's books as a child, so much so that the few copies that I have of his work look like survivors of some horrific book-attack. Which I suppose they are.

I muuuuust remember to add some more timeless books to this fantastic list.


message 17: by Nariman (new)

Nariman Gabriel wrote: "I love this list!! Great idea.

Re CS Lewis and Roald Dahl, I totally agree - you're never too big for them :-) . I used to absolutely devour Dahl's books as a child, so much so that the few copies..."



message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan James No Enid's?


message 19: by Leigh (new)

Leigh Jane Eyre isn't a childrens book, more of a YA.


message 20: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel It's amazing the sorts of things people think children should be reading.


message 21: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege Gabriel wrote: "It's amazing the sorts of things people think children should be reading."

Gabriel, what sorts of things do you think they should NOT be reading? I looked up Where the Red Fern Grows and I think it would have upset me deeply as a child. I read Jane Eyre at age eight and liked it. (Don't know what this proves ...)


message 22: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Janet wrote: "what sorts of things do you think they should NOT be reading?..."

Lol... a lot of what I read! For example, Roald Dahl is (was) absolutely brilliant, but so terribly utterly macabre. Children being flung over fences, turned into mice, neglected... downright disturbing. Although, perhaps that is just an adult mindset, to think that children would be disturbed by this or that, since really, when I read his books as a child, I was not disturbed at all (that I remember), just wonderfully amused. Only now do I stop and think, "Gosh, I'm almost certain that I should have been disturbed by reading that."

Still, I don't think I would bring myself to give a child a Roald Dahl book now. I know, I know, Hypocritical. Maybe I'll go and re-read my Roald Dahl collection to see if I change my mind.

Your comment also prompted me to look up Where the Red Fern Grows, and I don't know if I would have been disturbed, but it doesn't look very enjoyable.


message 23: by Booklovinglady (last edited Oct 28, 2014 05:39AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I wouldn't exactly call The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank a 'children's book'... Young adults, maybe.

The same goes for To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee (no. 145 at the moment) or Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell (no. 230), or Anna Karenina by Tolstoi (no. 334), or Shakespeare's Sonnets (no. 376), or Hamlet (no. 386) and so on and so forth...

Some people obviously made a mess of this Listopia, which is a shame, really.


message 24: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Booklovinglady wrote: "To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee (no. 145 at the moment) or Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell (no. 230), or Anna Karenina by Tolstoi (no. 334), or Shakespeare's Sonnets (no. 376), or Hamlet (no. 386) and so on and so forth..."

Somebody was looking for the list police? We have the Police Chief in the house!

I'm going to put myself to shame now - I've rarely looked at a list past page 1! Someone please tell me I'm not the only one...


message 25: by Booklovinglady (last edited Dec 16, 2013 04:07AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Gabriel wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee (no. 145 at the moment) or Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell (no. 230), or Anna Karenina by Tolstoi (no. 334), or Shakespeare's Son..."

Well, what shall I say... Whenever I vote on a Listopia, I tend to go through all the pages to find the books I've read and add some as well, maybe. And as I've read the above mentioned books, they showed up on the list and as such weren't hard to find for me. I still think it is a great list but it is a shame some people made such a mess of it.


message 26: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Tolkien wrote The Hobbit as a children's book, I don't thinks it's that much of a stretch, now if it was The Lord of the Rings trilogy, then that's a mistake.


message 27: by Lydia (new)

Lydia Fortune All of the Enid Blyton books could also be included as re-readable childrens' classics


message 28: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege Lydia wrote: "All of the Enid Blyton books could also be included as re-readable childrens' classics"

Re-readable by us, certainly, but they express some very questionable attitudes if they are to be recommended to children nowadays. For example, people whose eyes are close together are untrustworthy; foreigners are suspect; deaf people are funny; black skin (gollywogs) indicates criminality. They're good yarns, but ...


message 29: by Mina_rrat (new)

Mina_rrat This is a good list, although has anyone ever read 'The Dragonfly Pool' by Eva Ibbotson?
It is a lovely book which enthralled me from the beginning.


message 30: by Victoria (new)

Victoria What about Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret? I love the Judy Blume tween books.


message 31: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Richard wrote: "Misfit wrote: "Richard wrote: "Jane Eyre is a children's classic?"

I wouldn't think so. The Hobbit seems a bit of a stretch for me as a children's book."

I also wondered about Night. A classic ce..."


You're right, Richard. I wondered about those as well. Hardly children's reading.


message 32: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady @Victoria and Richard
I can only say: I'm glad I'm not the only one who seems to have problems with some of the books on this list..


message 33: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege Jack wrote: "Misfit wrote: "Richard wrote: "Jane Eyre is a children's classic?"

I wouldn't think so. The Hobbit seems a bit of a stretch for me as a children's book."

Really? The Hobbit isnt a childrens book?..."


Of course The Hobbit is a children's book. But the films seem to be trying to turn it into something more like The Lord of the Rings.


message 34: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Noe This list is too long to go through the whole thing. How do I decide? There are too many good ones.


message 35: by Petra (new)

Petra Lloyd One of my favourite books as a child was The Little Grey Men by BB. Please may that be added to the list?


message 36: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Cooper Debbie wrote: "Heidi

loved this book as a child, still love it!"

I have even read it as an adult. Love the book


message 37: by Dodo (new)

Dodo I`m kinda lost... Is Les Miserables really for children? Or some other books here? Of course, children can read them, but that does not make them Children Books To Read No Matter How Old One Is. Or does it?


message 38: by Booklovinglady (last edited Oct 28, 2014 05:46AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Dodo wrote: "I`m kinda lost... Is Les Miserables really for children? Or some other books here? Of course, children can read them, but that does not make them Children Books To Read No Matter How Old One Is. Or does it? ..."

My sentiments exactly (see also messages 23, 25 and 32...). I wouldn't consider Les Miserables (#318), Watership Down (#42), The Hunger Games (#24), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (I'm not talking about a strongly abridged children's edition but the Penguin Classics edition mentioned here at #101), the books by J.R.R. Tolkien (#3 and #48), Romeo and Juliet (#162), Twilight (#232), Lord of the Flies (#366), Shakespeare's Sonnets (#379), Hamlet (#414) and Anna Karenina (#471) children's books either. And those are just the titles I recognized.

The Hobbit, currently #3, is the only book debatable, although personally I would not let a child read it. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Dutch Library) does not classify the Dutch translation of The Hobbit as 'jeugdboeken' (= children's books) either, by the way.

High time someone cleaned this list up, I'd say...


message 39: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege I am interested in knowing why you would not let a child read The Hobbit.


message 40: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 03, 2014 03:21AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Janet wrote: "I am interested in knowing why you would not let a child read The Hobbit."

I admit I've read the book years ago, in a Dutch translation when I was in my teens (16 or 17, or something like that), but from what I remember, even then I thought there was more to the book then 'just' the story. In addition, to me there is a difference between children and young adults, something which, I guess, even if acknowledged, is not always a straight division? I guess it's the same with the Harry Potter books/films. Here in the Netherlands there is an age limit recommendation set for the Harry Potter films (and I remember the limit going up a bit at the third one). It doesn't mean everyone does, or always should do, as is recommended of course and apart from that, there might be different limits set in different countries as well. But as to De Hobbit, to me there was more than just the story on the surface, which is why I wouldn't give it to a child to read. I can't be the only one to resason this way, because when I was a child, the public library here even had a section for kids of 13 and over... I had a look at recent reviews on GR, and I agree with 'Kim', for instance. But, as I said earlier, The Hobbit is debatable :-)


message 41: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege I agree that there is much more to the book than "just" the story, but I'm surprised that you think this is a reason not to give it to a child to read. I loved this book as a child and still do. My mother read it to me originally and then I reread it for myself, and eventually (by the age of about 14) moved on to The Lord of the Rings. Of course I could see only the adventure story at first, but later, with hindsight I appreciated other things. Might it not be good for children to be given something to read which has depths of which they are, perhaps, only dimly aware at first but which come home to them later? The same applies to "difficult" words. It seems to me that it could be good for children to have their minds stretched and stimulated by hints of what is beyond their current comprehension.I feel lucky in that my parents never censored my reading and I had free access to a public library where I discovered my own likes and dislikes.


message 42: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 03, 2014 03:45AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Janet wrote: "I agree that there is much more to the book than "just" the story, but I'm surprised that you think this is a reason not to give it to a child to read. I loved this book as a child and still do. My..."

Reading what you wrote makes me wonder if there might be a special children's edition in English? Some of the covers and series seem to imply so, see The Hobbit or The Hobbit, for instance.

I had a look just now to see if there was an age limit on the movies here in the Netherlands, and there is: 12 years old seems to be the minimum age for The Hobbit films here.


message 43: by Janet (new)

Janet Doolaege Inside my copy of The Hobbit I've found a very old article on yellowing paper, recounting an interview with Tolkien. He says that the book was not written for children, but adds: "Children aren't a class. They are merely human beings, at differing stages of maturity. All of them have a human intelligence which even at its lowest is a pretty wonderful thing, and the entire world in front of them." On the flyleaf is an extract from a review in the magazine The Lady, which says: "...for reading aloud for the smallest child, and for giving to the eight-year-old to read himself, we firmly recommend it." This mirrors my own experience. I haven't seen the film, which may contain a lot more frightening violence to please an adult audience. Perhaps there is now a "book of the film" presented so as to appeal to adults. As far as I know, it was always sold as a children's book in English.


message 44: by Sorento62 (new)

Sorento62 Janet wrote: ""...for reading aloud for the smallest child, and for giving to the eight-year-old to read himself, we firmly recommend it.""
I first read The Hobbit when I was eight years old. It was a great introduction to the world of fantasy and sci fi books.


message 45: by LobsterQuadrille (new)

LobsterQuadrille Richard wrote: "Misfit wrote: "Richard wrote: "Jane Eyre is a children's classic?"

I wouldn't think so. The Hobbit seems a bit of a stretch for me as a children's book."

I also wondered about Night. A classic ce..."


I noticed several books on the list that I wouldn't consider children's books either.


message 46: by Mary (new)

Mary Allen What about Black Beauty .


message 47: by Viswajeeth (new)

Viswajeeth Karthikeyan I think you missed out 'The Blue Umbrella'. It's such a nice book !


message 48: by Heidi (last edited Jul 07, 2017 12:27AM) (new)

Heidi Maus I might be a great book .

But it is not an appropriate book for children.

It is on page 21.


message 49: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Throne of Glass is a young adult book not a children's book.

It is on page 20.


message 50: by Ayny (new)

Ayny ''gone with the wind''? not for children. IMO
who would want to read such a tome to/as a child?


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