Classic Books for Children: Part One

Classic Books for Children: Part One

  • By - The Modern Day Wife
  • 31 January, 2021

We at the Modern Day Wife are believers in reading with your children. Here are our current favorites we love reading with our little ones. 

Matilda, Roald Dahl

“If you are good, life is good.”

Dahl’s 1988 novel Matilda delights both children and adults. Set in eponymous character Matilda Wormwood’s life, Roald Dahls writes a magical tale about a precocious little girl and her family, friends, and school. 

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll 

“...but it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Written in 1865, Alice’s Adventures has captivated audiences for generations. The cultural impact this book has fascinates all, and to this day lends inspiration to many creatives. Easy enough for a first grader, and entertaining for the adult reading it aloud, Carroll’s story will forever be a favorite. 

     The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

“...But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

A tale of a toy rabbit’s desire to become a living creature, Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit is perfect for children around the ages of 4 to 10. Children love the journey of a toy rabbit and his fulfilled desire to be reborn as a living rabbit. Themes such as friendship, sense of self, unconditional love, and rebirth are explored in detail.

                        Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten, Steven Kellog

A picture book puzzle on the whereabouts of a red mitten. Published in 1966, young readers will adore the simple structure and resounding contrast within the photos.