03 August 2016

Top 5 Classic Children's Books

So what makes a book a classic?

For me to considered a classic, a book needs to have three things: lovable characters, ideas and a story that transcends time, a likability to it that lends itself to be read over and over again and it never gets old or boring.

If you've read my other posts in this blog hop (which I've loved being involved in... need to do it again Katie!) you know that I'm a HUGE animal lover. So it's no surprise that most of my "classic" books are animal-related. So, without further ado, lets jump right into my list.

5. Charlotte's Web

This is pretty much the epitome of classic children's literature. I think everyone has read the book before or knows the general idea of what happens in the story. It's been made into countless plays and movies... it's pretty much the definition of classic.

4. Fox in Socks and How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I'm counting this as one... cheating? Maybe, but it's my list and I'll cry if I want to.
Fox in Socks is the ultimate tongue twister. Kids LOVE when I read it to them. I LOVE it when I read it to them. It's just fun and pretty much impossible to read without getting tongue tied.

I included How the Grinch Stole Christmas in another one of my posts. That's how much I LOVE this book. My Christmases are not complete until I see the cartoon and read it to my kids. (P.S. How CUTE is Max?)

3. Goosebumps



I remember reading these books like crack when I was little. I was obsessed with them. I think it's what got me REALLY into reading. I couldn't get enough of them. I vividly remember going to the mall with my parents, going into Walden's (who remembers those?) and finding new Goosebumps books. I'm a texture person too, so I always liked that the title was embossed to make it feel like Goosebumps. I was proud of myself when I didn't get scared from the books, too!

2. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

This is probably the newest book on this list, but I really enjoy it. I think I like it sometimes more than the kids do when I read it. It's an awesome book though for many reasons. First, it's a fun take on a classic tale. Secondly, it's funny. Third, it lends itself greatly to teaching point of view and showing how a story can be very different depending on who is telling the story. I often use it for compare and contrast lessons as well.

And now for my #1 classic book...

1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


So, I know it's hard to see, but even in that little blue circle it says, "The classic book behind the major motion picture". See!  I'm not the only one who thinks this book is a classic. I think I love this one so much, because I can just relate to Alexander so well. I feel like I have those kind of days pretty much once a week. I always ask the kids if they feel like they have those kinds of bad days and so many reply, "No!" Boy, I want their life.  


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  1. Amazing choices! I LOVE the True Story of the Three Little Pigs