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Three Children’s Book Titles That Have Stood the Test of Time

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Kids today have lots of books to choose from, from Lemony Snickett and Harry Potter to Twilight. The books are great, the movies are fun and the whole culture around them can be fun for kids and adults alike, even offering opportunities for parents and kids to hang out together. However, in the wake of popular new literature for kids, many of us have forgotten the books that we loved as kids. Here are three titles that have stood the test of time and can open the door to other old favorites.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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The title book of this series was originally written in 1962 and won the Newberry Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was the runner up for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. The series follows the Murry and O’Keefe families as they look for Meg Murry’s father who disappears. The children travel across the universe through space and time and their adventures are wonderfully original, even fifty years after they were written.

The Chronicles of the Chrestomanci by Diana Wynn Jones

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Jones began publishing this series with Charmed Life in 1977 and there have been several published since, as recently as 2005 with Conrad’s Fate. These books, unlike series such as Harry Potter, are not continuous; these books are connected by the Chrestomanci, namely Christopher and Eric, also called “Cat.” Christopher is Eric’s uncle, but the books go from Christopher’s childhood to Eric’s, offering the reader glimpses into different parts of their lives. The light connection through the books keeps Jones’ entire collection of stories related to one another through the system of worlds that she created. One nice thing about these books are that they are often available as two novels in one. Jones also wrote Howl’s Moving Castle, which Miyazaki’s movie was based on and a sequel called Castle in the Air, among a number of other excellent titles.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

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This book follows a young girl and her little brother when they decide to run away from home and end up spending the night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The book was originally published in 1967. First, the children spend their days trying to fit in with school groups, but then become fascinated with an angel statue that was supposedly created by Michelangelo. The children follow the mystery of the statue to the woman who sold it before returning home.

By engaging your children in stories that you loved, you are helping them to experience the same magic you experienced as a child. It also gives you something to share and talk about with your children.

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