Kids these days. Sure, they might have iPads, and social media access, and exotic peanut allergies, but know what they don’t have? Any sense of what truly constitutes as a classic.
Show some sympathy for the poor little mites, who have to put up with Peppa Pig and Spongebob Squarepants as a substitute for Peter Rabbit and The Famous Five. Few books and storylines these days have the ageless charm that the books of our bygone years had, and the worry is that kids these days are somewhat at a disadvantage as a result.
If you want to imbue a bit of old-school culture into the minds of future generations, then consider giving the gift of a book from your childhood; one that you enjoyed back in simpler times when toddlers weren’t being walked around on a leash. Classic stories will never lose their touch so there’s no need to worry if it’s decades since you last cosied up to this bedtime story. If it sent you to sleep with a satisfied imagination, then the modern generation are bound to enjoy it, too.
Here are some classics that you can buy online, if you no longer have your original to pass down...
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney
Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Dr Seuss
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf)
The BFG, Roald Dahl
The Famous Five, Enid Blyton
The Babysitter's Club, Ann M. Martin
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
Caroline And Her Friends, Pierre Probst