Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult


I’ve posted before about some of my own and my kids’ favorite children’s books. Today I’m posting on children’s books that adults should read. SHOULD. Now. As in “just do it”–you won’t be sorry.  I won’t explain why these books are on here, but they relate very well to our world today. Leave me a comment if you know the reason.


The Emperor’s New Clothes This version looks helpful. Maybe people will get it? Very timely.


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type was such an instant classic I bought copies for each member of my family the year it came out. It and it’s two of its sequels–Giggle, Giggle, Quack and Duck For President all belong on this list.

butter battle

Dr. Seuss, on the outs right now due to a new story dredging up his early work in anti-Japanese propaganda in war and some images in his earliest books–none of which sell many copies today. In spite of producing what today we clearly see is racist, and offensive images–rich up there with a book about a boy called Sam-bo and words against a group of people [we were at war back then] Seuss got many, many other things right. This book is one of them. The Butter Battle Book. People today may be shocked to learn he was a liberal.


I’m counting these as one book. No, I’m not advocating a return to white gloves. Nor hats for women. That’s not the point here. While these are out of print (there is a more modern version of Stand Up….] both are widely available used. It should be obvious why these are on the list.


If I Ran the Circus, yes another by  Dr. Seuss. Because if wishes were horses, right, Dr. Seuss?


10 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

  1. My top five would be:
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Love You Forever (A book that I cannot get through without breaking down and crying about)
    The Pokey Little Puppy


  2. sjbraun

    Oh my — almost any children’s book! Kid’s lit is great and has come a long way from when I was little. Although, I love the vintage books from my childhood. Old and new; both are wonderful. I have thought of so MANY instances where Emperor’s New Clothes would be appropriate! Ha.

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  3. I actually have a post similar to this that has been sitting half-finished in my drafts for a while. There are many children’s books that I read for the first time as an adult, and deeply love them in a way that I might not have appreciated when younger. Regardless of other people’s opinions, I adore Dr. Seuss books. A particular favourite of mine is If I Ran the Zoo, but it often finds its way on banned book lists.

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