7 Classic Kids’ Books and Their Must-Read Counterparts
It's never too late to discover the unforgettable, classic kids books you missed the first time around.
As a child, you read all the classic kids books from J. R. R. Tolkien to Laura Ingalls Wilder. But for every Lord of the Rings or Little House you devoured, there was a just-as-amazing Face in the Frost or a Lois Lenski book you missed.
Of course, it’s never too late to discover kids classics – even as an adult. And the books on this list are as absorbing – and heartwarming – as the ones you read years ago.
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Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
As author John Bellairs described his third book, “The Face in the Frost was an attempt to write in the Tolkien manner. I was much taken by The Lord of the Rings and wanted to do a modest work on those lines. It was simply meant as entertainment and any profundity will have to be read in.”
The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key
Thanks to two Disney movies, Alexander Key is best known as the author of Escape to Witch Mountain. But he was once famous for The Forgotten Door. Like so many classic Key titles, it features a character, out of place, persecuted and feared because of his astonishing abilities and extraterrestrial origins.
Prairie School by Lois Lenski
Like Laura Ingalls Wilder with Little House on the Prairie, Lois Lenski, author of Prairie School, used her travels to compose historical fiction novels that ?describe the everyday life of people.” She said, “I saw and learned what the word region meant as I witnessed firsthand different ways of life unlike my own. What interested me most was the way children were living.?
Freddy and the Bean Home News by Walter Brooks
Beyond the obvious anthropomorphic pig, Walter Brooks?s similarity to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web can be found in his wit, wisdom, and wry prose. After honing his writing at The New Yorker, Brooks imbued the inhabitants of Bean Farm with a sophistication that displayed substantial respect for his young readers.
The Kid From Tomkinsville by John R. Tunis
Without John R. Tunis there may not have been The Natural. If you haven?t discovered Tunis, the ?inventor of the modern sports story,? start with his baseball series about the Brooklyn Dodgers. It begins with The Kid from Tomkinsville, a book Phillip Roth used along with its main character Roy Tucker in his book American Pastoral. It is also considered an influence for both Bernard Malamud’s The Natural and Mark Harris’ Bang the Drum Slowly.