Quick Reads to Bring Out Your Inner Child

If what seems like the longest winter is still lingering in your spring-time jittering feet, travel in time with these books that will bring your childhood rolling back. These quick, one sitting reads will help your adult-self tap into your younger years, or at least put a smile on your face trying.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
This is a great read for anyone who clung tightly to a blanky or any other security objects. Even if you misplaced your teddy bear on a road trip in your early childhood, this tale should bring you peace of mind that your long lost friend is doing alright.

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
It’s whimsical, weird, and wonderful: the perfect book to make even the most serious person chuckle. This has your favorite childhood fairytales turned upside down. Disclaimer: these stories are definitely best read aloud!

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes
Perfect for those excited about the new Ready Player One movie, this classic work of science fiction was written with children of the space race era in mind. It was originally published under the name “The Iron Man,” and even without Tony Stark, this is sure to grab the attention of your former AV Club self.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
If you’re feeling out of touch with younger people around you, give this one a shot! Saint-Exupery’s writing offers startlingly truthful social commentary about the adult world with lyrical prose and lovely watercolor illustrations.