Polls It's Bedtime! HelloGiggles Team

Most of us have fond memories of bedtime stories and often parents pass on their favourites to their children to enjoy together.  In celebration of Winnie-The-Pooh Day (which, by the way, was undoubtedly one of my favourites as a child), we would like to acknowledge some of the all-time best classic children’s books. I’ve gotta say, though – most of these classic stories are so good that you don’t have to be a child to enjoy them.  Which books remind you of your childhood and sparked your imagination to run wild?  Pick your favourite classic from some of the suggestions in this poll, or tell us your own choice (and why!) in the comments section below.

What Is Your Favourite Classic Children’s Book?

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  1. The Little Princess!

  2. I also love Alligator Soup. The poems in that book are both disturbing and entertaining, I used to love them as a kid.

  3. The Faraway Tree series. Classic Enid Blyton.

  4. I liked Corduroy, even though it was kinda sad. I was also a massive fan of (and still have a copy of) Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein – they’re so silly and fun and I have lots of good memories of reading them. I voted for ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (with the latter being, probably predictably, the latter) but I lived across the street from our small town library as a kid so the list could theoretically be as long as my arm :)

  5. A Porcupine Named Fluffy.

  6. The Velveteen Rabbit

  7. The Swiss Family Robinson. :)

  8. Uh, Bearnstein Bears anyone?!

  9. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques, Harry Potter (when I was older), anything by Susan Cooper (she is way underrated but I love pretty much everything she’s written), A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle and all the other books in that series, Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking, A Little Princess, the Dear America books, The Little House on the Prairie books, a bunch of Roald Dahl books, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis…the list goes on. When I was younger, I was very into the Boxcar Children series, so I’ll always have a spot in my heart for those books.

  10. MATILDA, by Roald Dahl

  11. The Little House books and The Borrowers.

  12. I loved Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing. It was the first time I read about pooping… shocking.

  13. Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth by E.L. Koingsburg. Also From the Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by her.

  14. The Giving Tree :)

  15. Oh, The Places You’ll Go

  16. Don’t forget The Chronicles of Narnia! I was 2 years old when my dad started reading them to me. :) Also loved the Laura Ingles Wilder books and so, so, so many more!!

  17. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
    It’s such a fantastic story with an inspiring message to remember the things in life that are important to you. It’s a story for anyone of any age, and it provokes an insight that opens the eyes of grown-ups. I definitely recommend it :) I love it!

    Also. any Shel Silverstein book!

  18. My grandpa used read me and my sister the whole Lion Witch and the Wardrobe series, my mom read me The Very Bad Bunny, and I read my little sister If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the hobbit, so be very well prepared for life ;)- love those books

  19. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. I remember my dad reading that to me and am confident it is where I first started to appreciate humor.

  20. Pappy (which is how I call my grandpa) used to read me the Odyssey and Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) -yeah, I know they’re not what you usually read as a bedtime story, but it’s nice. Mammy (which is how I call my grandma) was more classical so she read me Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
    :)