English story telling sessions are highly beneficial for little ones, particularly when it comes to instilling in them a love for literature and classic kids stories while learning new things, terms and improving their reading and speaking skills too. You can benefit from fun activities like storytelling at the Yellow Class which your bundle of joy will absolutely fall in love with! However, let us explore the top children’s classics which are still as popular and iconic as ever!
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (1964) – Roald Dahl’s children’s masterpiece, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has always remained a cult classic for children. Dahl is arguably the greatest and most influential children’s book author ever and this classic is where he remains at his best in terms of his humor, storytelling and tone. This classic tells the magical story of Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe, the Oompa-Loompas and the five golden tickets taking Charlie into Willy Wonka’s factory. Wonka has been described as the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen.
- Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne (1926) – Milne’s characters in this classic children’s book were named after his own son, i.e. Christopher Robin, stuffed animals Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore the donkey and others along with his cuddly teddy. Pooh and Christopher wander the Hundred Acre Wood, similar to the forest near the author’s own home at East Sussex. The first adventure sends Pooh up a tree that is filled with bees, singing the song Isn’t it funny how a bear likes honey… The adventures in the book have been nicely narrated by the author.
- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943) – This classic children’s tale talks of life and what it means courtesy of an encounter between a pilot crash landing in the Sahara and a little young prince who is visiting from a small planet. The author writes It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly in one out of innumerable such wonderful life lessons in the book.
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (1868) – The heartwarming tale of the four March sisters is a must-read for little ones. It talks of how they journey from innocence and childhood to adulthood, while learning how to tide over obstacles together, compassion, kindness and hard work. This is one of the finest stories that you can read out to your children every day.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1865) – Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece is certainly one of the best children’s classics ever! Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and other characters and landscapes are a treat for imagination and creative thinking. Alice is always popular amongst children for her courage and curiosity alike.
These five children’s classics can be called as the best ever! Have a swell time reading them at home with your little one for company!