“Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.”


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Recommend for Children

I’m not going to particularly say what ages these are for – I think they’re all fairly young although Not Now Bernard, Winnie the Pooh and the Dr Seuss books are probably slightly younger than the others and the JK Rowling book – the Philosopher’s Stone is the first and because of the way the story develops and becomes quite dark it’s a good series to read one a year so that the reader grows along with the characters in the story.  I actually had more than 10 this week but I’ve shown some restraint:

  1. David Mckee – Not Now Bernard
  2. Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Esio Trot
  3. E B White – Charlotte’s Web
  4. JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  5. CS Lewis – the Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe
  6. JRRTolkien – The Hobbit
  7. AAMilne – Winnie the Pooh
  8. Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden
  9. Mary Norton – The Borrowers
  10. Dr Seuss – The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham



30 Responses to ““Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.””

  1. Tammy

    Great list, you’re making me feel very nostalgic! I love The Secret Garden so much😊

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Charlotte’s Web and Winnie the Pooh are definitely two of my childhood faves. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Aww Charlotte’s Web is just so good – I remember reading that and being so scared for Wilbur – and then so sad about Charlotte! Winnie the Poor is just brilliant – one of those books that glows with goodness.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Cholla

    You hit on so many of my favorites! Charlotte’s Web will forever hold a place in my heart.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed making this list I must admit. Makes me want to reread some of them.
      Lynn 😀

  4. sjhigbee

    We clearly have similar tastes in children’s books, too. The only one of those I haven’t at some stage owned or borrowed is ‘Not Now, Bernard’. And The Secret Garden was one of my favourite books as a child – though neither my children or grandchildren liked it much. As for Winnie-the-Pooh… it’s just wonderful. This is an awesome list, Lynn:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Sarah. It was nice having a trip down memory lane and I actually had to stop myself this week because I could have had a much longer list.
      Lynn 😀

  5. allymemes

    I loved the Secret Garden! Great choices!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks 😀 – that certainly seems to be a popular book with everyone.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I love the monster on the cover of “Not now, Bernard”: it’s scary and at the same time funny – but maybe that’s because I’m not a child anymore… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I loe that monster – atthough he’s not a nice monster.
      Lynn 😀

  7. ChrissiReads

    This list made me feel so nostalgic! Great choices.

  8. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Dr. Seuss made my list too. I loved his books as a kid.

  9. jessicabookworm

    Great choices and well done on showing some restraint 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, yes, I could have gone on quite a bit with this one.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mr and Mrs NW

    Totally agree with everyone. This is a great selection. The only one I haven’t read is Not now, Bernard. I’ll have to get it out of the library for the kids 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thank you – I don’t think Not Now Bernard is quite as well known but I liked it. I was going to go with the Gruffalo or the Hairy Caterpillar but thought I’d chose something more obscure.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Lisa

    All very good choices! I forgot to include Narnia on my list this week — I read the series out loud with my son a few years ago, and we enjoyed it so much!

  12. the (book) supplier

    I have fond memories of The Chronicles of Narnia. My aunt gave me the entire series as a child and I read them multiple times. I didn’t know about the allegory at the time, and I want to go back and revisit them as an adult. Great list!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think it would be a good experiment for me to reread some of these to see how I feel about them as an adult. Of course, I probably won’t do so but the thought is there so you never know.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’ve actually been reading the Harry Books to my five-year-old every night before bed! We’re on to Prisoner of Azkaban now, and I’ve been having a blast reconnecting with the books as well, because it’s been ages since I last read them 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are great books – especially for reading to your children. I think I’d like to go back and reread them.
      Lynn 😀

  14. iloveheartlandx

    I had Charlotte’s Web and Harry Potter on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/top-ten-tuesday-133/

    • @lynnsbooks

      Charlotte’s Web is a great book and I think all children should give HP a try.
      Lynn 😀

  15. liveforbroadway

    So many great picks! I love your list–it has so many great books that are 100% perfect. I almost put Charlotte’s Web, as well as a few Roald Dahl books but I got kind of overwhelmed, you know?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, – I do know, I could easily have added many more books.
      Lynn 😀

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