Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult – – What children’s books do you think deserve revisiting as we get older?
Which books do I think deserve a revisit as we readers get older? Keep on reading my contribution to T5W for the week of March 14, 2018.
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada (June 1908)
Print Length: 320 pages
Excuse me a moment while I proudly wave my Canadian flag. L.M. Montgomery’s tale of a young orphan, Anne Shirley, and her adoptive parents, the Cuthberts, will always hold a special place in my heart. Like many young Canadians, I was introduced to reading when my teacher read snip-its of Anne of Green Gables to the class, and since then I have reread the series and rewatched the 1985 TV mini-series more times than I can count.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 21, 1977)
Print Length: 128 pages
I, as well as many other young readers, learned just how cruel life could be as a result of reading Bridge to Terabithia. I remember, following the conclusion of this novel, asking myself why (spoiler) had to die. But even though I didn’t understand it as a child, and have a hard time accepting it as an adult, Bridge to Terabithia is one of those novels that stands the test of time and my ever evolving reading tastes.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (October 16, 1950)
Print Length: 189 pages
While any of the installments of The Chronicles of Narnia series deserve a reread as an adult, the one I will always gravitate towards is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. While I remember very little of my childhood, given that I have the memory of a goldfish, I do remember travelling to British Columbia and my mom reading this to my sister and I along the way. Perhaps it is for this sentimental reason that I include it on my ‘children’s books to read as an adult’ but a reread as an adult compared to a child will also reveal just how influenced C.S. Lewis was by religion, WWI, and the industrialization at the time.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (June 26, 1997)
Print Length: 223 pages
I briefly thought about keeping this series off my list given that if you have been reading this blog for a while you know my unwavering adoration for these books. And yet, it wouldn’t be an honest representation of my ‘children’s books to read as an adult list’ without it. With countless rereads by yours truly, the Harry Potter series will always be my number one recommendation for kids, young adults, and adults who are young kids at heart.
Publisher: Firefly Books (January 1, 1986)
Print Length: 32 pages
This specific addition to my list was hard for two reasons. One, Robert Munsch created many of my favourite books to read as a child, which included: The Paper Bag Princess, Stephanie’s Ponytail, Mortimer, and Purple, Green and Yellow. Two, out of all of Munsch’s books, Love You Forever is the one book that deals with a really heavy topic. But hard topics are a part of life, and when life gets me down this is the book I reach for because no matter what I’m going through I know that my parents, the two people who read this to me time and again, will “love me forever and like me for always,” and that is something that no one should ever forget, adult or not.
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And those are my top 5 books children’s books to read as an adult. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.