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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

What is Top 5 Wednesday?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.

This weeks topic is: Children's Books to Read as an Adult

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Granted this is one I've never read before and the only edition I own is the abridged one...I'm counting it anyway. Mainly because I've realised that I haven't read a great deal of children's books, nor do a own many... I used to love the animated film and also the muppets version of the adaptation and I've always wanted to give this one a read. Mainly because of the messages within it. Material things cannot bring you true joy. I will eventually read this... and how pretty is the puffin edition.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

2. The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

Similar to A Christmas Carol this is one I've wanted to read for ages. I adore the musical Wicked so I honestly have no clue why I haven't read this yet. It's filled with all the things I enjoy in a story, magic, villains and puppies. Toto is adorable. I need a Toto. I don't think my dog would be overly thrilled at being put in a basket.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

3. Peter Pan by J M Barrie

Can we tell I like the Puffin Children's Editions? Peter Pan has been one of my favourite disney films for years. I love how whimsical it is and all the different characters. Everything about it. So why on earth haven't I read the book yet? I have no clue...

You can find the Goodreads page here.

4. A Place Called Perfect* by Helena Duggan

Oh I adored this book so much. It has a real Neil Gaiman feel to it which is why I liked it so much, and why I think others would enjoy it so much. If you get the chance give it a read. I promise you won't be disappointed.

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

5. Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Yet another dark children's book that I loved. Considering how short it is the impact it has is incredibly surprising. This novel follows a cartographers daughter and I loved all the illustrations throughout the book. It places emphasis on the importance of friendship and looking after your friends. Such a lovely book.

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

What are some children's books you think should be read as an adult?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x


  • Kristina

    I can’t say I have read any as an adult .. I really need to shake that nasty “well im not a children anymore” feeling and freely read whatever I want !

    That being said.. I shall find myself some peter pan and little mermaid :3 maybe also get a copy of what the “real story” was before disney made up the happy ending, I kinda know what happens .. but im kinda curious ..

    • Katie - A Novel Idea

      I think a lot of people struggle with that mentality, mainly because we’re told so often either you’re too old for that or you’re too young for that.

      Definitely give them a go! The original stories are so dark but so rich!

      Katie x

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