Classics are the crux of literature. They are books that were so thoughtful, loved, and beautiful, that they lasted decades and centuries. Whether you are were a mother in the 1800’s or a child born in 2005, they are books that are so accurate in their portrayal of human nature that almost everyone enjoys or relates to them. Because of this, as well as their good morals and beautiful artistry, classics ought to be read even by children today. Here are some classics that your kids are bound to love reading this summer.
The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter
Little children will love reading, or being read to, about the silly, though sometimes scary, stories about woodland animals. While not for every child (many animals do come close to unfortunate ends), those that can stomach the excitement will love it.
A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsbon Burnett
Both of these books are good reads for young girls to learn about being a good, kind person in the roughest of times, and because the characters are aged about the same as the readers, it will gain their affection even more.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
L. M. Montgomery’s book is perfect for teaching morals without ever being too preachy or boring. Covering Anne’s rumble tumble life as a farm girl is sure to excite and interest children while at the same time teach important life lessons.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
This book is a great for teaching your kids about the harmful affects of socialism, communism, and political ignorance. While sad, it offers a realistic portrayal of those under oppressive societies, possibly creating a bigger appreciation and love of our own.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
A girl (or boy) just getting into Jane Austen may want to start with one of the lighter reads. While Northanger Abbey is just as thought provoking as Jane Austen’s other books, it is much simpler to read than her other ones.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A beautiful allegory for the life of a Christian, The Pilgrim’s Progress is a great classic that will get your child thinking and learning.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is a long, tedious read, but if one can suffer through it they will find exciting characters, tear jerking scenes, and the most amazing plot twist well worth waiting for, the book is sure to meet your greatest expectations.