Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

Hello Readers!

Top Five Wednesday is a tag hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out the Goodreads group for more information as well as future topics.

This week’s topic is great. I LOVE children’s books!

Here are my choices for five children’s books adults should read-

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss

I mean…. obviously. Who doesn’t love this book. It is a holiday MUST! I just learned there is a new movie adaptation of this and I am feeling it. I love the original animation… who doesn’t!? But I refuse to acknowledge that atrocious Jim Carey movie that dares to exist.

2. Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne

I actually have only read a few of the stories, but my kids and I listen to the full cast audio version ALL THE TIME! We love it! It is adorable and witty. I was actually not a fan of Winnie the Pooh growing up. It wasn’t until we got this audiobook from the library a few years ago that I fell in love with the original stories.

3. The Penderwick Series, by Jeanne Birdsall

Let’s put it this way. I wish I was a Penderwick. I love the closeness of that family. And yeah, I have a mom crush on Mr. Penderwick, he is such a great father. We’ve listened to all four books, we are going through them again, and I’ve been buying used copies of the books as I come across them. We are so looking forward to the fifth book in the series coming out in May.

4. A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond

Stephen Frye narrates this audiobook and I highly recommend it! I love his voice and humor.

5. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

I think the entire world is re-reading this right now. I read it for the first time when I was maybe 11 or 12, and I feel like it is one of the books that defined me as a reader. I read it again in my 20s, and again at 31 with my kids. I think they are too young for it, but the liked it (so they say). I forgot just how well it is written until I opened it again this year. I wish I was more excited about the movie.

Bonus: The Children who Loved Books, by Peter Carnavas


A friend of mine is an Usborne Books consultant and as soon as she shared this book I knew I had to have it. It is about a family of book lovers who find that their massive collection books has taken over their home, so they get rid of them all. They end up feeling uncomfortable in their now empty home, as well as isolated and disconnected from each other. It is a short picture book, but it is soooo good!

Well, that was hard…. there are so many more children’s books that I love. What would you add to this list?

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