Sure, nothing can top "The Little Prince," but these eight children's books are definitely worth checking out.
Reading doesn’t do anything. There’s no quantifiable reward like driving or cooking. However, it provides a chance for developing several qualities. While the outside world believes in a voracious mode of production and consumption, reading does not provide physical or obvious results, but instead, it helps us sympathize, relate to others, or even believe in possibilities we might think are out of reach.
Reading can trigger questions about relationships and belief systems. One of David Foster Wallace’s famous quotes begins with “The really important kind of freedom involves attention…”
Children’s books are continuously bridging the gap between what separates them from literary fiction “intended for adults.” One of the most famous stories to make this jump was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, first edited in 1943 in the middle of the Second World War. The novella’s author never celebrated the success of his work, since he died only a year later during an air recon mission in the region of Provence.
Here are eight books originally written for children but able to move people up to the age of 133.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, 1979.
The main character, Bastian Baltasar Bux, needs to go into the fictional world of the book to finish it. Through this book the reader can start to understand just how active reading can be.
Walk With Me by Jairo Bultrago and Rafael Yockteng, 2008.
This story will show you that even during hardship we can find our path. In this case the absence of a girl’s father comes in the shape of a lion only she can see throughout her day to day.
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, 1987.
Because even the stories we’ve heard over and over can be reinvented through new narrations and perspectives. This book contains new versions of the classic tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and the Three Little Pigs.
The Adventures of Max and His Submarine Eye by Luigi Amara, 2007.
This is a creepy yet uplifting tale. This sweet dark Tim Burtonesque fable submerges into the aquatic world of Max’s right eye as it begins to see the world from two places at one.
Matilda by Roald Dahl, 1988.
There’s no age to be brave and stand up for others and against injustice. Matilda is a brilliant young girl who is deeply misunderstood by her parents and suffers from abuse from those around her, until one day she acquires magical powers.
Momo by Michael Ende, 1973.
Through the men in grey we can appreciate how the most important currency in life is time. When we realize this, we can make better decisions regarding our happiness.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937.
The story of Bilbo Baggins is a mirror of the world’s landscape after the Great War. It’s a loss of innocence that refuses to lose hope in peace.
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1963.
It teaches us to discover how even the darkness that lives within all of us is not to be overlooked or hidden. Max visits an island full of sides of himself that bother and hurt him, yet he learns to accept them.
You might think these books are short and the plot simplistic, but they are full of ideas on questioning reality and society, as well as where we’re headed in life. If you still haven't decided what your next read will be, check out the stories that inspired The Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner's lyrics or the books you should know if you want to be literature expert.
Translated by María Suárez