Classic reads: 5 Children’s books

With the change of seasons, everything slows down a little bit in Ibiza. During the summer months we’re lucky to have time to skim the Diario so it is a luxury to be able to sit down and enjoy a good book. To inspire your library, we’ll be sharing a few posts about classics in different genres: classic, suspense. Here are five classic children’s books to keep your kids entertained this winter!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Kids love the vivid animal characters in The Wind In The Willows and adults will appreciate the subtle, thoughtful meditations on friendship and character. The tale follows the adventures of Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad, an unlikely quartet of friends who face all kinds of adventures and journeys, culminating in a battle to save Toad Hall.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

The animals in The Incredible Journey don’t wear clothes or drive cars, but children will identify with their love, loyalty and courage. It follows the adventures Bodger, a bull terrier, Luath, a Labrador, and Tao a Siamese cat. The trio are separated from their owners so they set off on a 300-mile trek across the Canadian wilderness to try to find their way home. Through wits and teamwork the unlikely outfit manages to survive all kinds of trouble and misadventure.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

This fantasy classic is the source of some of the most enduring characters in English literature, including the Humpty Dumpty, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Alice, a little girl, is lazing on a riverbank when she sees a White Rabbit in a waistcoat dart past. She follows him down the rabbit hole and into a surreal alternate world full of odd characters. Superbly written and rich in imagination and wordplay, it is perfectly suited to both kids and adults. 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This is bonus, as there are actually seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia. The first, and best known volume is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, in which Lucy Pevensie stumbles into an old wardrobe and discovers it opens into the land of Narnia. Lucy takes her brothers Peter and Edmund and sister Susan back to Narnia with her, beginning a series of adventures that span seven books and the whole history of the magical world.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Pirates, parrots and buried treasure are just a few of the delights of this marvellous adventure story narrated by young Jim Hawkins. The son of an innkeeper, his quiet life goes upside down when an old seafaring man comes to stay. When the old sailor dies, they discover a treasure map hidden in his sea chest. Cue a race to find the buried loot, complete with murder, mutiny and a man with a wooden leg.

What’s your favourite children’s book? Share in the comments.

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