Get your kids into the top classic books from Whitcoulls
The age old saying goes that some things just stand the test of time. And these classic kids books have done exactly that. Perfect options for your kids as they're growing up, these books will give you and your kids the perfect chance to share and experience the same thing, just a few decades apart. And while there could have been quite a few age old favourites make the list, and no doubt you'll head down memory lane remembering them all, here's the top 5 we've put together thanks to our friends at Whitcoulls.
1. Charlotte’s Web by E B White (Ages 6+)
One spring morning a little girl called Fern rescues a runt and names him Wilbur. But then Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider. They become best friends and, when Wilbur is faced with a dreadful fate, Charlotte must find a very clever way to save him. An absolute classic which every child should read.
2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Ages 8-12)
This tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. It has become a timeless classic, and speaks strongly to a spiritual element in readers, regardless of age.
3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett (Ages 8-12)
A troubled, unhappy orphan is sent to live with an uncle she's never met, where her life is lonely and strange. She discovers that there's a "secret" garden attached to the house which changes her world. The book explores themes of isolation and belonging and is a genuine modern classic.
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Ages 8-12)
Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space? Soon to be a major film!
5. The Velveteen Rabbit: Toy Become Real by Margery Williams (Ages 6+)
A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy. The boy plays with his other new presents and forgets the velveteen rabbit for a time. The wisest and oldest toy in the nursery, the Skin Horse, who was owned by the boy's uncle, tells the rabbit about toys magically becoming ‘Real’ due to love from children. A timeless classic.