Saturday, 19 October 2013

Classic Children's Books

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend whose eldest, a boy, was about to turn eight years old.  He is a voracious reader, and my friend wondered what books would keep him busy.

I was that kind of reader, so I happily recounted my favourite books from childhood that I thought he might be interested in: several series by Sigmund Brouwer, Bill Meyer's Wally McDoogall books, and then I got into the classics.

Classic kids' books are beautiful.  The language and rhythm are unlike any modern book.  Over the past few years, I've begun collecting vintage editions of these books.  So I pulled a few from my shelves.

I'd have to say the top two I'd recommend are Swallows and Amazons, and The Swiss Family Robinson.  Both books are about adventure and family.  I didn't include books by L.M.Montgomery this time.  They deserve a separate post.

What are your favourite classic children's books?

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