There are books that we have only read during our childhood but that we will always remember fondly. Nevertheless, children’s books can also be appealing to read for the first time during adulthood, when we need to return to a world full of fantasy and hopefulness. I took a walk down memory lane and chose some of my favourite children’s books, although I have read some of them for the first time in more recent years.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
This is one of the children’s books that I’ve only read as an adult. It tells the story of Peter Pan, a boy from Neverland who doesn’t want to grow up, and Wendy, who assumes the role of the grown-up, despite being also a child. It is a tale full of adventure that focuses on the differences between childhood and adulthood.
Tales of Hans Christian Andresen by Hans Christian Andresen
I read some of Hans Christian Andresen’s fairy tales for the first time last year. I was acquainted with several of the stories thanks to Disney adaptations, but the originals are far darker. I still haven’t overcome the sadness I felt while reading The Little Mermaid. I own the Walker Illustrated Classic edition which features beautiful drawings by Joel Stewart.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The French writer and aviator Saint-Exupéry offered us a tale about the encounter between a pilot stranded in the desert and a young prince who fell on Earth from an asteroid. In spite of being a children’s book, it touches on important subjects, such as life and human relationships. I may re-read it soon!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
There is nothing new I can say to you about the first book in the Harry Potter series. I chose this one among the seven, because as the characters grow up with the readers this is, in my opinion, the most appropriate for young children, besides being also one of my favourites. It is a gripping introduction to a magical world.
Histórias para Adormecer by Edith Jentner
I have to be honest and say that I don’t remember much about the short stories featured in this book, translated into Portuguese by António Santos and illustrated by Anna Curti. However, I’ve never forgotten the illustrations which embellish the pages with bears, rabbits and other animals. It was one of the books that I read quite a number of times when I was first learning how to read.
What are your favourite children’s books? Tell me in the comments!