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Top 10 Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read

It’s been said that all truths are utterly simple. In that sense, each one of these books contains an essential truth within it. The message, wise and simple, is best conveyed in children’s language, yet with such profound depth that makes one wonder if these books may have actually been written for grown ups to dwell on.

Either way, these top 10 children’s books make unique and original gifts for both kids and adults.

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    There is a lesson in this little book and its simple yet powerful message will make a strong impact on any reader, young or old. It is a story of a rare and unique gift: the unconditional love. More controversially, The Giving Tree provides a fitting commentary to the behavior of mankind towards nature in this day and age. Great food for thought.


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    This movie is narrated by Shel Silverstein. It was made in 1973.

  2. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss


    Instead of reviewing this book, I will just give you a quote:

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

    Need I add more? To read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in full online, click here. And I can also recommend SeussVille – A fun and creative website dedicated to Dr Seuss, with online resources  and a playground for kids.

  3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    One of the most famous works of children’s contemporary literature, this little gem of a book is full of invaluable insights into human psyche.

    The Little Prince was first published in 1943, only a year before his creator’s airplane vanished without a trace over the Mediterranean Sea, during a reconnaissance mission. Today, more than a half century later, this wonderful fable of love, loneliness and search for meaning, continues to inspire children and people of all ages.

    To read the full book online, click here.

  4. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull stands out from the other gulls in his flock. He doesn’t live to eat, but eats to live and pursue his one great passion: flight. But his search for soaring hights and perfect flight only alienates him from the other seagulls, and eventually he gets expelled from the flock just for daring to be different. That’s when the real journey begins.

    Written by Richard Bach, who is known for his passion for flying and reflecting it through insightful metaphorical context in his writing.

    This video clip is from Neil Diamond’s adaptation.

  5. The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein


    Like a person searching for his soul mate, the circle goes through life feeling incomplete, and longs for the day when it will finally find the part it has been missing. The search for The Missing Piece takes it on an adventurous journey of self-discovery.

    This is a beautiful fable that gently probes into the nature of quest and fulfillment. I believe it is about a boy’s search for love.

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  6. The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein


    The second half of this beautiful story tells how the missing piece becomes whole, all on its own. That is one long and often lonely journey, sometimes difficult and sometimes fun. In any case, it’s one journey worth embarking on.

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    The Missing Piece Meets the Big O explores the female principle of emotional contentment and personal self-realization, so in that sense you could say that the story is about a girl’s search for love.

  7. The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth


    Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. Nikolai is a boy who is searching for the answers to The Three Questions: “When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” His friends–a heron, a monkey, and a dog–try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. Leo doesn’t answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai’s visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.

    There is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.

  8. Ambrosia by Dan Manalang


    This beautifully illustrated children’s book addresses the delicate issues of racism and prejudice in a manner that is easy to understand and relate to. Furthermore, it explores the values of diversity and tolerance in our modern society and stresses out the importance of embracing our differences.

    Ambrosia is a colorful short story that employs the power of the metaphor to put across an important lesson: the things that truly matter comes from within.

  9. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia


    A profound story that compares the annual changes in leaves on a tree to different phases of life, to explore the issues of death, loss, and letting go.

    Each leaf leaves the tree differently: some drift down quietly, and others fiercely resist the tug of the wind.

    Watch The Fall of Freddie the Leaf movie here:

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    Visit The World of Leo Buscaglia

  10. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud


    Words hurt and words heal. This book explores the power of kindness and the impact of a smile. It teaches that we can find happiness by spreading it.

    Have You Filled a Bucket Today? uses clear analogy that puts across a powerful concept in visual form. Any child can understand it, so why wouldn’t we?
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