No matter how the world changes and technology evolves, there are some children’s books that stay popular, and kids love having them read to them, or reading them themselves as they get a little older.
The following books have stood the test of time, sold millions of copies and continue to be a favourite with kids and adults the world over. They may not always relate to current day in the way you’d expect, but they have a message or story that is truly timeless.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
Since being published in 1969 The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold more than 41 million copies, and it’s a still a favourite everywhere. The book tells the tale of a very hungry caterpillar who manages to eat a huge amount of food before making the transformation into a butterfly. The amazing artworks in the book have helped keep it at the top of the best sellers’ lists, and the tale touches on several developmental stages too, teaching kids to count, the days of the week, and about the cycle of life.
Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss
No list like this would be complete without a Dr Seuss book. Green Eggs and Ham is just one of any Dr Seuss books that sell millions of copies, but this story is a favourite as it focuses on the problem all parents face; that of kids not wanting to try new foods! The tale is one that may well encourage little ones to try new things, as after being cajoled into tasting what’s on offer, the main character in the book discovers that he really like green eggs and ham.
Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
In a somewhat repetitive and soothing tone, a small rabbit says goodnight to everything in their room, and to the moon to of course! This book has been lulling little kids to sleep since 1974, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy your favourite online pokies after your little ones have gone to sleep. Goodnight Moon still appears on best seller lists regularly and has sold over 48 million copies worldwide.
The Little Engine That Could – Watty Piper
If you know the refrain, I think I can, I think I can, you’ll be familiar with Watty Piper’s story of The Little Engine That Could. This story may have been penned in 1930, but its positive refrain about persevering, self-confidence and helping others is timeless. A true classic, this book has sold millions of copies and it continues to inspire little ones and share its special message.
The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day isn’t just an amazing story that depicts multicultural urban life, it also won a medal for its amazing illustrations. Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated the book in 1962 and youngsters love it for its immersive descriptions of what it’s like to go on an adventure and explore newly fallen snow. Keats is also famous for other books like Peter’s Chair and Whistle for Willie, which he wrote and illustrated too.