Today’s 10 Things list was put together by Renee Anne. An Australian artist, Renee compiled a list of great children’s novels she read as a young girl and considers to be worth of passing onto her kids someday. Renee also created a lovely print to share with you as well. You can see it below and even click here for a free printable version! Yay! You can see more of her work on her blog and in her Etsy Shop.
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Ten great children’s novels for big & little kids – by Renee Anne
- The Witches – Roald Dahl
- The BFG – Roald Dahl
- The Twits – Roald Dahl – I know this list is a “top ten” and including three books by the same author seems a little unfair. But seriously. These three books would have to be the best books of my childhood. End of story. (But you agree don’t you?!)
- Goosebumps books – R.L. Stine – Sorry I don’t really have a specific title, but I think I read over 100 of these books. Pick one, and I am sure you will be spooked. I think the whole “I-am-being-naughty-because-I-am-reading-a-scary-book-how-tough-of-me” is the appeal of these books.
- Animorphs – K.A. Applegate – Again, other “series” style of book, so pick a title any title. I guess the romantic undertones in these books appealed to the teenager-hitting-puberty in me. And I mean, what could be sexier than boys and girls transforming into animals. Woah.
- Puberty Blues – Lette, Kathy / Carey, Gabrielle – Speaking of puberty, how could I pass up an opportunity to mention this one. For anyone under the age of 18, definitely a sneaky read for under the covers when parents aren’t looking. All I can say is, HOT!
- Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden – A book (and series) to appeal to your smarter side of the brain. This one extends into the “hard core grown up novel” category due to its thickness and smaller font. I felt very smart reading this one at a young age. Lots of great serious issues like war, love, family. Quite possibly my most favourite book ever? Could it be?
- Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter – Hang on, with all this seriousness, we best not forget one of the childhood classics. If I could say that anything subconsciously lead me to love illustration, this book would quite possibly be it. A beautiful classic.
- Quirky Tails! – Paul Jennings – Paul Jennings would take you places you thought no one talked or thought about. I always loved the “this is wrong but I want more” element.
- The Harry Potter Series – J.K Rowling – You thought I had forgotten hadn’t you. Like the way I started this list, I really really don’t think this one needs explanation. All around-best-book-series-ever. Seriously.