Children’s books are indispensable materials for kids growing up. These published children’s books are the bedtime stories that lull children to sleep. When you need children’s stories to share with the little ones at night, here are ten greatest children’s books of all time.
Where the Wild Things Are
Written by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are is a picture book detailing the adventures of young Max. After getting sent to bed without supper by his mother, Max ended up having an adventure in the place where the wild things are. After his adventures, he eventually comes home to have dinner with his mom.
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat is one of the masterpieces written by Theodor Geisel. The story’s protagonist is the anthromorphic cat with the iconic white-striped hat and red bow tie. At the appearance of The Cat, it may seem that he is causing havoc in his attempt to entertain children. However, it is proven at the end that he is able to clean up after himself just before the children’s mother walk right back into the house.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Charlie Bucket. He is a poverty-stricken boy who luckily becomes one of the five children invited to the reopening of Mr. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. While the other children are greedy, gluttonous, and wayward, only Charlie remain humble, kind, and sweet. Eventually, he was the only one to remain in the factory and became Mr. Wonka’s successor.
The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein’s masterpiece, The Giving Tree, is now one of the greatest children’s books of all time. The story features the giving and taking relationship between a tree and a boy. The tree, on the giving side, does its best to provide whatever the boy wants – money, house, and boat. The boy, on the other hand, only returns to the tree when he requires something. Regardless, the tree is happy as long as it can deliver the boy’s requests.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Set in a fantasy world with anthropomorphic inhabitants, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland wonderfully narrates Alice’s adventure after falling down the rabbit hole. During her journey, she gets to meet many characters such as White Rabbit, March Hare, the Hatter, and The Queen of Hearts.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
As the first published work of The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis established himself as an author with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. This successfully published fantasy novel for kids is unforgettable thanks to the scene where the kids push their way out of mothballed fur coats. Magically, they come out at the other end – the world of Narnia.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit follows the young and mischievous Peter Rabbit. Young Peter Rabbit is always at oods with Mr. McGregor, the owner of the garden Peter Rabbit frequents. The story ends with Peter Rabbit going to bed after his mother gave him camomile tea.
Matilda tells the story of a neglected child, Matilda, who forms a strong bond with her teacher. After all, it is only her teacher, Miss Honey, who believes in Matilda’s capabilities. Interestingly, Matilda develops the power of telekinesis, which she uses to help everyone get their happy ending.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
From the author L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrates how Dorothy and his dog, Toto, travels through the magical Land of Oz in order to return home after being swept away by a cyclone. Throughout her journey, several notable characters join her, namely Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion.
Dr. Seuss is one of the well-known children’s book author around the world. One of his masterpieces is The Lorax. This children’s book is basically a fable that subtly addresses environmental issues in a way that kids understand.