6 children's books that will help us get back in touch with our inner child
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Just because we’re all grown up, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t get to enjoy the books from our childhood anymore. They made us who we are. They taught us who to behave, how to approach life and who we want to be when we grow up. We wanted adventures and chances to be brave. We wanted escapes from school dinners and homework and the grey skies. If you’re anything like us, picking just a few to give a try from a new point in your life can be a challenge – so here’s just a short list to get you started. And for those who didn’t read any of these books, why not give them a go? 1. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis A story of creation to destruction, The Chronicles of Narnia consists of seven books: The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. It’s a series is so immersive; despite the time it was written making it appear dated in the 21st Century. C.S. Lewis took inspiration from Old Testament stories, meaning that whole parts of the book across the religious barriers of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. There are flaws, with plots getting more and more philosophical over the course of the series, but these are books that in one way or another, we all grew up with. It’s worth giving them a another read. 2. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness Just a plain beautiful story. Emotive and heart breaking in so many ways, A Monster Calls tells the story of a boy who is visited by a monster at the same time every night, who tells him stories. This is a book on grief, and dealing with death and loss. It does so wonderfully and with so much respect for the novel idea’s original creator, Siobhan Dowd, who sadly lost her battle with cancer before the book could be written. Being older than the intended audience doesn’t stop the book from making you really think about the contradictions of life and death all the while wrenching your heart in your chest. 3. The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton
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