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  • Writer's pictureJessica

Classic Children's Books I Still Love

Children's books The Giving Tree and Matilda on a table
My well-worn copies of The Giving Tree and Matilda.

It's Children's Authors and Illustrators Week!

A classic children's book never goes out of style. And the illustrations in some of my favorite children's books have been ingrained in my memory forever.

Shel Silverstein's cartoons and stories in The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic (my favorite) were iconic and unique. His poems could be funny or sad or thought-provoking or sweet.

Roald Dahl is, if I had to choose, my favorite children's author ever. His books are timeless. They were chock full of dry English wit, dark villains, grown up themes, and whimsical characters. Matilda is my favorite, which seems to be common for writers and book lovers! But Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and James and the Giant Peach are close runners-up. Plus, I adore the illustrations by Quentin Blake, who frequently worked with Dahl.

One of my favorite illustrations in Matilda.

There are so many more children's books and illustrations I love, ones that I know other people love too. Curious George, Dr. Seuss, Charlotte's Web, Little Golden Books, Alice in Wonderland, Eric Carle's work...the list goes on and on.

(If you need a refresher, here's the New York Public Library's list of 100 Great Children's Books! )

What are some of your favorite children's books?

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