20 Classics that Children Should Read Before Turning 10

When it comes to literature, the word ‘classic’ is often synonymous with ‘must read’ – largely because the term denotes a book that has achieved elevated status not only because of its literary merit but because the words on the page contain a message, a story, that transcends time.

20 Classics that Children Should Read Before Turning 10

Recently, author Mary Sebag-Montefiore, who adapts adult classics for children, chose ten books that every child should read before turning ten, check it out:

  1. “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter
  2. “Alice In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
  3. “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame
  4. “Little Women” by Louise May Alcott
  5. “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. “Anne of Green Gables” by LM Montgomery
  8. “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by CS Lewis
  9. “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald
  10. “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” by Judith Kerr

Most of the books on the list will be stories that we read as children or our parents read to us. We know about them, we love them and we’ll probably read them to our own children. But what about modern classics? Books written a generation after us; books that our children will love – and we don’t even know it?

The Guardian, in response to Mary Sebag-Montefiore’s list has created a list of ten top modern classics that will likely be read for years to come. Check it out:

  1. “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson
  2. “A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
  3. “Charlotte’s Web” by EB White
  4. “Matilda” by Roald Dahl
  5. “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone” by JK Rowling
  6. “Journey to the River Sea” by Eva Ibbotson
  7. “Tracy Beaker” by Jaqueline Wilson
  8. “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpugo
  9. “Goodnight Mister Tom” by Michelle Magorian
  10. “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

So, start stocking your shelves, if you haven’t already and for more information on the books mentioned in the above lists, visit Theguardian.com – “Mary Sebag-Montefiore’s top 10 classics to read before you’re 10” and “Top 10 modern classics to read before you’re 10