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The Top 10 Children’s Books You Should Re-Read as an Adult

We all have happy memories of the books we loved as children. Children’s books are gateways back in time and can remind us of the past, when we were innocent, much more creative and prepared to believe in wonders. And classic children’s books are classics for a reason: they have wide-ranging messages that relate to grownups as well as young children. When was the last time you re-read your favorite book from childhood? Regardless of whether you have young ones to read to, you’re going to want to get your vintage copy of these classics out of the garage and spend an afternoon re-living those enchanting moments when you were a young, innocent reader. You may be surprised at just how relevant they are to your adult life too.

10. “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf 

This beloved story of a bull who refuses to fight has been around since 1936. Adolf Hitler had it banned in Germany because he saw it as pacifist propaganda.

9. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst

The message of this classic is that, no matter how bad a day seems, there is always tomorrow.  Things actually DO get better.  What adult doesn’t need to be reminded of that from time to time?

8. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett

This magical tale is peppered with quirky details (like food raining from the sky) and by somewhat morbid humor (decapitated dolls for example) that probably went right over your head as a kid, but that will make this book all the more fun when you read it as a grown-up.

7. “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh

The story of an 11-year-old girl living in New York City who carefully observes and writes about the people around her was ahead of its time when it was published in 1964. Issues like negotiating dysfunctional family relationships, gender non-conformity and feeling like an outsider will resonate with adults.

6. “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking has been a hero to children around the world since she first made her debut in 1945, in Sweden.  She is fearless but has humility, she isn’t worried about what other people think of her, and she truly believes that anything is possible.  Many small children actually believe those same things, but it seems like as we get older, we tend to forget. Read this book if you need reminding (and who doesn’t?) that we are all stronger than we think and maybe we really CAN do anything.

5. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This worldwide bestseller has been beloved since it was first published in 1943. If you read it when you were a child, you may have loved the illustrations and the fantasy of it, but as an adult you will notice all of the lessons it can teach us even as we get older: about looking beyond the surface, about expressing our feelings and about allowing ourselves the freedom to explore.

4. “In the Night Kitchen” by Maurice Sendak

When you read this as a child, you probably wished you could be Mickey and stay up making cake all night. As an adult, you will be just as envious, and just as entranced by Sendak’s illustrations.  But now that you’re all grown up, maybe you really can stay up late doing something completely unexpected, like making a cake.

3. “Eloise” by Kay Thompson

Eloise is the gutsy little girl who lives in a fancy hotel with her parents and her dog. When you read it again, it’s hard not to be struck by Eloise’s feistiness, and by what a glamorous life she leads. The writer, Kay Thompson, based much of the story on her own life and many of the characters on the real people she met while working as an actress and lounge singer around New York City.

2. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

Children are delighted by the outrageous characters Alice encounters, and by her adventures in a world that seems upside down.  Immerse yourself in this book again and you will find yourself carried away by the settings and descriptions and after a while, you may just find yourself believing in the fantastic and unreal. Just like you did when you were a kid.  

1.  "Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White

If you remember how this one ends, you know that re-reading it is an excersise in having your heart torn out. But the tale of the friendship that develops between a pig and the spider who saves his life, only to die herself contains lessons that most adults need to be reminded of. Lessons about friendship, altruism, about the natural cycle of life and about the importance of leaving a legacy of kindness after we are gone.


In celebration of The Vamps’ 3 year anniversary, I’ve put together a masterpost of some of my favorite songs, music videos, live performances, video diaries and more! 

Music videos:

Can We Dance

Wild Heart

Last Night

Somebody To You ft. Demi Lovato

Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) ft. Shawn Mendes

Hurricane (From “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”)

The Vamps Takeover on AwesomenessTV (2015)

Tristan in Underwear

The Vamps Play Would You Rather

The Vamps Surprise Fans Backstage!

Brad from The Vamps GETS PRANKED!

The Vamps Play Two Truths and A Lie

James McVey plays with KITTENS!!

The Vamps Prank CALL using their Alter Egos!

The Vamps create a RUCKUS on London Streets

The Vamps Introduce The Tide

A Few Twitcams/Livestreams (not in order.)

The Vamps twitcam 25.06.2014 part 1

The Vamps twitcam 25.06.2014 part 2

The Vamps twitcam 25.06,2014 part 3

The Vamps Twitcam 12/03/14

The Vamps Full Twitcam 19/12/2012

The Vamps - Twitcam - 3.10.13 - FULL

The Vamps Twitcam (20/9/13) PART 1

The Vamps Twitcam (20/9/13) PART 2

The Vamps Twitcam (20/9/13) PART 3


The Vamps Pyjama Twitcam (28/9/13) PART 1

The Vamps Pyjama Twitcam (28/9/13) PART 2


Covers (not in order)

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen (Cover By Bradley Will Simpson, The Vamps)

Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Cover By The Vamps)

My Chemical Romance - Teenagers (live cover by the Vamps at Birmingham Indoor Arena)

Young Volcanoes - Fall Out Boy (Cover By Connor Ball, The Vamps)

Twist And Shout (Cover By The Vamps)

Life Of The Party - Shawn Mendes (Cover By Brad From The Vamps)

Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea (So In Love) Cover by James From The Vamps

Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood (Cover Teaser By The Vamps)

One Direction - Story of My Life (Cover By The Vamps)

MMM Bop - Hanson (Cover By The Vamps)

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (The Vamps cover Taylor Swift)

Silent Night (Cover By The Vamps)

Conor Maynard - Vegas Girl (Cover by The Vamps)

Austin Mahone - Say You’re Just A Friend (Cover By The Vamps)

Justin Bieber - All Around The World (Mashup Cover By The Vamps)

Taylor Swift - 22 (Cover By The Vamps)

One Way Or Another - One Direction Comic Relief Single (Cover by the Vamps)

Little Things - One Direction (The Vamps Cover)

One Direction - Live While We’re Young (Cover By The Vamps)

Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me ft. Big Sean (Cover by The Vamps)

I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift (The Vamps Cover)

Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man (Mashup Cover By The Vamps)

Rockin’ Robin - The Jackson 5 (The Vamps Cover)

Kiss You - One Direction (Cover By The Vamps)

The Wanted - Walks Like Rihanna (Cover By The Vamps)

Passenger - Let Her Go (Cover By The Vamps)

Mcfly - That Girl (Cover by The Vamps) with Dougie Poynter and Carrie Hope Fletcher

Pink - Just Give Me A Reason (Cover By The Vamps)

Teenage Kicks McFly Tour Video (Cover by The Vamps)

Neon Trees - Everybody Talks / Animal Mashup (Cover By The Vamps)

Amy Winehouse - Valerie (Cover by The Vamps feat. A*M*E)

Brokenhearted - Lawson (Cover By The Vamps)

Austin Mahone - What About Love (Cover By The Vamps)

Miley Cyrus - We Can’t Stop (Cover By The Vamps)

One Direction - Best Song Ever (Cover By The Vamps)

Mr Brightside - The Killers (Cover By The Vamps)

Sleighing In The Snow (Live Acoustic by James McVey, The Vamps)

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (Live Cable Car Cover By Brad and James, The Vamps)

One Direction - Midnight Memories (Cover By The Vamps)

Other Random Videos

Drum Solo by Tristan Evans, The Vamps - Director’s Cut (UK Tour 2014)

The Vamps - Bloopers 2014

The Vamps - Bloopers 2013!

The Vamps prove they have Wild Hearts and dump each other in the meanest way EVER

The Vamps play the ‘Somebody to You’ puppet game and talk meeting Demi Lovato

Bradley Will Simpson- Loaded Gun (Original)

The Vamps - Jack (Lyrics and pictures)

Connor Ball - Weightless

The Vamps - Last Night Connor & James Edition

The Vamps - Wild Heart James & Connor Edition

The Vamps - Wild Heart Tristan Animal Edition

Can We Dance - The Vamps ( Tristan’s version )

Last Night (Tristan’s Animal Remix)

The Vamps - Last Night (Live from Birmingham) (VEVO LIFT): Brought To You By McDonald’s

The Vamps Live//Uptown Funk/Shake It Off/We Can’t Stop

The Vamps - Lovestruck (Live in Birmingham)

Risk It All (Live) - The Vamps

The Vamps: James and Brad Demo - Rough Night (Lyric Video)

~Anything else you want me to add, just let me know and i will. :)~