Editor’s Note: Chelsea’s board members have spoken! In honor of International Children’s Book Day (and Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday), we are sharing some of our favorite childhood tales! Feel free to share your children’s favorites in the comments. Happy Children’s Book Day!
In our imaginations we can go anywhere.
~ Brian Jacques, author of Redwall Series
Recommendations by Gina Tabasso
I remembered a wonderful children’s series called Redwall by Brian Jacques. I also am madly in love with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and have read them all about 12 times.
Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Ages 10+ Check them out!
Redwall Abbey basks in the quiet and peace of the glorious Late Rose summer. But things are not as they seem. An evil one-eyed rat warlord, is determined to destroy the tranquility in a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall. This dazzling story kicks off a fantasy series packed with wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Ages 8+ Check them out!
It’s like a book, I think, this bloomin’ world…
~ Rudyard Kipling
Recommendation by Dennis Leslie
My favorite book as a child was The Jungle Book and the story about Mowgli.
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
Ages 6+ Check them out!
From the time I was young, I had a dream of becoming a writer.
~ Bruce Coville, author of The Unicorn Chronicles
Recommendation by Sarah O’Neill
Sarah’s Unicorn is a primer in the might of good magic.
Sarah’s Unicorn by Bruce & Katherine Coville
Ages 4 – 8 Check it out!
Bruce Coville is the prolific author of many children’s and young adult books, but Sarah’s Unicorn, which he illustrated with his wife Katherine, is one of his lesser known gems. It’s the simple tale of a young girl named Sarah, whose Aunt Mag, once a kind and good witch, accidentally turned her own heart to stone. One night, while on an errand for Aunt Mag, Sarah chances upon a unicorn in the forest. The unicorn unveils all the secrets of the forest to Sarah, and soon her friendship with the woodland creatures becomes her respite from Aunt Mag’s deteriorating presence. On a suspicion, Aunt Mag follows Sarah into the forest, and spying the unicorn, tries to capture him and take his horn for its magic. That’s when Sarah’s animal friends rush in to save the day! The stoic unicorn judges the witch, but Sarah asks him to use his magic to fix her aunt’s heart instead. When the spell is broken, Aunt Mag and Sarah are rejoined as a family. Through gorgeous, hand-drawn illustrations, Bruce and Katherine Coville present their own story of how gentleness and mercy always win against violence.
I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child.
~ Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Recommendation by Andria Baunee
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is my childhood favorite.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Ages 3 – 6 Check it out!
The Tale of Peter Rabbit follows a sweet narrative of a loving family. The story teaches of the unconditional love of a parent for a child in the face of disappointment, of redemption after wrongdoing, and of consequences to actions and how scary it is when you get into trouble.
I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.
~ L.M. Montgomery, from Anne of Green Gables
Recommendations by Audrey Noelani (A. Noelle)
I can recall certain hours of my childhood spent rereading my favorite passages in my favorite books, and then braiding my hair and wishing it were the color of carrots.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Ages 9+ Check it out!
The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Ages 7 – 10 Check them out!
For the Aldens, adventure begins in a boxcar home. Their goals are to stay together, solve mysteries, and somehow find their grandfather.