5 books to reread from your childhood

Okay, let’s admit it. We ALL have those days where we’d rather be back in grade school than out in the real world.

What better way to remember the good ole’ days than to take a peek at these literary classics from your childhood? Get ready, because we’re about to remind you of five memorable books that you’ve forgotten about. Warning: You may need a box of tissues for some of these.

1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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If you brought a box of tissues, now’s the time to use it. What starts out as a rivalry between an artistic farmer boy and the new girl in town turns into a strong bond. Their friendship is later destroyed by tragedy. Bridge to Terabithia never failed to leave at least one classmate in tears. After reading this book, I desperately wanted an imaginary kingdom to rule for myself, too.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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Rereading this book when older is a must--and not only for the nostalgia factor. A Wrinkle In Time has received both praise and criticism in recent years from adult reviewers. As a child, having a girl protagonist who loved math and science was enough to get me into the book. The blend of scientific concepts and fantasy themes kept me intrigued. Now, the prevalence of religious themes that completely went over my head as a kid gives me slight pause. This book is as a whole still a good read, but it definitely feels different when reading when you're older.

3. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

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Another tear-jerker on this list, Charlotte's Web is one of E. B. White's most famous books, and for good reason. Lovable, yet dynamic, animal characters paired with White's clear writing style bring this book to life. Unlike many children's books, Charlotte's Web isn't afraid to explore mature subjects. These elements of realism and the development of the characters make this book the classic it is.

4. Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Matilda stars a young and intelligent girl who isn't afraid to stand up to rude adults both at home and at school. As such, this book is as inspiring now within our current society as it was as a child. Also, the 30th anniversary of this book's first publication just passed last September, which is yet another reason to reread this book.

5. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

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This book isn’t so much a traditional “classic” as it is an entertaining read. Each chapter is a different story featuring one of the characters of the book. This book has a quirky humor that encourages imagination in kids who are at the age when rules and perfection are favored over creativity. There is some dark humor (such as a teacher being turned into an apple and then eaten), but it only serves to make the stories memorable. Even now, I can remember many of the chapters from this book as well as from the following books in the series.

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