Timeless Tales: Children’s Stories That Still Captivate Us

What were your favourite books when you were a kid? Not the first book where you learned the alphabet or how to rhyme with “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss. I mean the first book with an actual story. As a child, there was nothing better than diving into the pages of a good book and getting lost in a story.

In this blog post, I’ll take a trip down memory lane and share some children’s stories that have stood the test of time and captured our hearts.

Generations have loved these classic children’s stories that continue to be popular today.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland whisks readers away on a wild and wonderful journey through Wonderland, where they meet the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts.

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is a beautiful story of friendship and recovery, when Mary Lennox finds a secret garden and helps her cousin Colin come out of his shell.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis is a classic fantasy series that’ll take you on a wild trip through a magical land with talking animals, mythical creatures, and epic wars.

    Little Women

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott tracks the lives of four sisters as they age and face life’s struggles, showing the strength of family and bond of sisters.

      Modern Children’s Stories

      Modern children’s stories have also made a big impact on young readers.

      Harry Potter

      Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling is a super popular series that’s beloved by millions. It’s the story of young wizard Harry Potter, who heads off to Hogwarts and takes on the wicked Lord Voldemort.

      Percy Jackson and the Olympians

      Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is an exciting series that takes Greek mythology and makes it real, as Percy Jackson finds out he’s a demigod and goes on a journey to save the world.

      The Hunger Games

      In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, we follow the journey of Katniss Everdeen as she fights to stay alive in a deadly arena, emphasizing the power of determination and grit.

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid

      Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is hilarious and follows Greg Heffley’s misadventures of being a middle schooler.

      My Favourite Kids Books

      I can’t remember every book I’ve ever read since I was a child, because let’s face it… it’s been a while since then. But here are a few that have stuck with me.

      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

      I am sure you all know this story about Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who lives in a small house with his parents and grandparents. Charlie’s life changes forever when he finds a golden ticket that allows him to visit the famous chocolate factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka. Along with the other winners, Charlie goes on a magical journey of the factory, seeing incredible sights and taking on various challenges.

      What I loved most about this book was it’s vivid descriptions, witty humor, and memorable characters, (Willy Wonka, the Oompa-Loompas, and the spoiled Veruca Salt, among others).

      The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

      The four Pevensie sibs – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy – get into a wardrobe and end up in Narnia, where they run into an evil White Witch who’s made it winter all the time. With the help of Aslan, a lion, the kids go on a risky journey to take down the Witch and bring spring back to Narnia.

      The best part for me was picturing a new world beyond ours. This book’s got a magnificent world, awesome characters, and covers courage, friendship, and being saved.

      Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

      Black Beauty, a beautiful black horse who tells the tale of his life and the experiences he had with different owners, some kind and some cruel. Throughout the book, Black Beauty endures many hardships, including being overworked, mistreated, and sold into difficult situations.

      The best part for me was when it highlighted animal welfare, emphasizing the need to be kind to animals. It was one of the first books to advocate for animal rights.

      Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

      Various authors penned Nancy Drew under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
      The series follows the adventures of Nancy Drew, an amateur detective, as she solves various cases and puzzles using her intelligence, wit, and determination.

      The best part for me was that Nancy was a female protagonist, plus I also love mysteries. It also has timeless themes of justice, friendship, and adventure..

      1001 Arabian Nights

      This is a compilation of folktales from the Middle East and South Asia. The stories revolve around Shahrazad, who tells her husband King Shahryar a new tale each night in order to stay alive and avoid execution. Everyone knows the stories like Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor.

      I loved the mix of fantasy, adventure, romance and morals in these stories


      Final Thoughts

      Children’s literature has the power to transport us to different worlds, introduce us to unforgettable characters, and teach us valuable life lessons. I’d love to hear about your favourite children’s stories in the comments!


      Until next time

      Feature photo by Lukas from Pixabay.

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