Define classic though. I guess, i would define a classic book as one that many children will enjoy regardless of their generation. Or perhaps, they are books that you read as a child, and still remember with glee twenty or thirty or even forty years later…
So here are some faves….(on top of our beloved Alice in Wonderland since I was one of the many parents that jumped at the chance to re-read and introduce these books to their kids).
Winnie the Pooh – (Ernest Shepard and A.A. Milne) – Who doesn’t love Pooh? My mom read all the pooh stories to us over and over again. Perfect book to keep both the parent and the child entertained.
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter) – really sweet and funny!
Charlotte’s web (E.B. White) – of course!
Peter Pan (originally J. M. Barrie) – Aar Aaar
The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) – yup
The Little Prince (originally Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)– This book was really a staple in my home growing up, if it wasn’t physically being read to us, the audio tape was on in the background!
Wind in the willows (Kenneth Graham) – fabulous and if you live in the UK, they have a really cute display of the characters at the rowing museum in henley
Where the wild things are (Maurice Sendak) – goes without saying
James and the Giant Peach (R. Dahl)
I love Roald Dahl coz all his other books are also really commendable. Namely, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Twits, George’s Marvelous Medicine and the Fantastic Mr. Fox, all of which I remember loving as a child!
Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer (both by Mark Twain) – uh huh
And of course, there are a ton more…tune in for the classics for the older child…(8 years and up, I have got loads….)