Best Children’s Books of All Time | Sunday Observer

Best Children’s Books of All Time

There is no such thing as a child who doesn’t like reading. You only need to hand a child the right kind of book to fire up his reading habits. The books reviewed on this page are those that have thrilled generations of children. No child should have the misfortune of growing up without reading them.

Charlotte’s Web

by E. B. White (1952)

Inspiring animations, live-action films, direct-to-video sequels and a video game, E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web is counted as a classic in children’s English literature and is one of the best selling paperbacks of all time. The story is about a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. When the farmer is about to slaughter Wilbur, Charlotte uses her web-making skills to create praise-worthy words for Wilbur to save him from being slaughtered.

Age Range: 8-11


Harold and the Purple Crayon

by Crockett Johnson (1955)


How wonderful would it be if we could simply draw the world as we understand it? Crockett Johnson explores this possibility in Harold and the Purple Crayon where an inquiring four-year-old boy owns a purple crayon with which he creates the world by drawing it. Through this power he takes many adventures and when he feels sleepy he simply draws a bed and falls asleep on it. This is Johnson’s most popular book which has also inspired many adaptations.

Age Range: 3-7 years

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)

One of the greatest children’s classics of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar pictographically describes the evolution of a caterpillar eating his way through an array of food to eventually pupate into a beautiful butterfly. According to Amazon, a copy of this children’s book is sold every 30 seconds somewhere in the world. Educating children about days of the week, types of food and the life cycle of a butterfly, Carle’s book has also been endorsed by the Royal Etymological Society.

Age Range: 0-4 years