7. The Little Prince
Why it gives you the feels: “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” Reading the unique story of a prince who travels to different planets as an adult or child, you’ll value the imagination of the young spirit.
10. The Big Orange Splot
Why it gives you the feels: After Plumbean decides to completely renovate his house to match his dreams, his neighbors take note, and not in a good way. You wanted a house to look like your dreams, just like Plumbean, and it teaches kids to be proud of their ideas no matter how zany, as long as they were theirs and original.
11. Goodnight Moon
Why it gives you the feels: After reading this book, you were instantly inspired to go around your house saying “goodnight” to everything you could find — from your stuffed animals, to all the stars you could count. It soon became a tradition to make sure everyone and everything got their “goodnight” before bed.
14. In the Night Kitchen
Why it gives you the feels: Everyone wishes they could be like Mickey and make cake all night. As soon as he sets out on his cooking journey, you’re immediately engrossed by the magical illustrations from the very first page, and you might need to read it while enjoying a midnight snack.
Why it gives you the feels: Many people forget the original book after seeing the classic Robin Williams movie about a a brother and sister who play a mystical board game that comes alive. The book’s beautiful black and white illustrations allow you to relive all the frights and adventures of the fantastical board game with your child by your side.
21. Where the Red Fern Grows
Why it gives you the feels: The book about Billy and his two Coonhounds nails the incredible bond between a boy and his dog. After Billy’s dog sacrifices himself to save his owner, you find out the poignant significance of the red fern at the dog’s burial site. This is a guaranteed tear-jerker, but it’s the good kind.
23. Danny the Champion of the World
Why it gives you the feels: Danny and William’s adventures hunting pheasants and repairing cars capture what makes father/son relationships really special. You’ll never forget Danny and William’s antics as they defeat the wealthy villian Victor Hazell, and Danny is crowned “The Champion of The World.”
24. The Wayside School Books
Why it gives you the feels: You won’t be able to stop laughing at the goofy short stories about the strangest school around, and you’ll be enthralled in discovering the mystery behind Miss Zarves and the 19th floor. Even after you’re done reading the book to your child, they’ll want to read it over and over again.
25. Where The Wild Things Are
Why it gives you the feels: After Max is sent to his room without dinner for prancing around the house in his wolf costume, he ventures to the forest with the “Wild Things.” However, Max soon discovers that no matter how mad you get at your parents, they’ll never stop loving you, as evident by seeing his dinner waiting for him when he gets back. Plus, after following Max around, you always waited at night for your room to turn into a crazy forest.
27. Love You Forever
Why it gives you the feels: You will never ever forget “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be,” the familiar refrain said over and over by the mother to her son as he grows up. Watching the roles slowly reverse over time, and the final image of the son rocking his sweet sweet old mother to sleep will make you realize how quickly time flies.
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