5 retro kids books that have stood the test of time
Watching your kids enjoy books that you read as a child is such a great feeling – however the problem is, a lot of retro kids books are now starting to show their age.
Yes, the obvious cultural evolution of the past thirty years has changed our expectations of inclusivity, representation and character portrayal, but it's not just that. Storytelling styles have also changed, and this means a lot of the 'classics' now feel slow and, well, a bit clunky.
The following five kids' books, though, have aged perfectly – bringing the nostalgia, without the dated vibes. Head to Robinsons Bookshop, QBD Books or Big W to stock up on books any kid in your life is sure to love.
All About Spot – Eric Hill
The timeless series By Eric Hill is just as eyecatching and cute today as it was when it was first released in the 1980s. The simple graphics have come right back into fashion again, meaning this series works well, not just from a literary point of view, but also within the recent home styling trend of displaying kids' books on picture rails.
Wombat Stew – Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts
This year, Wombat Stew is celebrating its 35th birthday, and although the new release has an updated cover, the story itself is completely unchanged – and still a fantastic read. I mean, who doesn't want a slice of Australiana with their retro stories?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
With the continued popularity of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you would be excused for not knowing that it was first released in 1969! Still a staple of kids’ bookshelves, birthday party themes and toys – it's a truly timeless story with some of the most iconic children's illustrations ever created. Pinterest is awash with craft and party ideas inspired by this retro picture book, and it doesn't seem like it will be going anywhere any time soon.
Deenee – Judy Blume
Perhaps one of the most celebrated – and censored – YA authors of all time, Judy Blume’s timeless style and storylines have kept many of her novels in print for well over forty years. Deenee, her famous coming of age novel still holds up today as an exploration of early adolescence, inclusivity and boundary-pushing. So much so that it has found itself on more than one 'banned book list' over the years. The themes are still a tad triggering for some readers’ tastes, but the character's journey is still relevant to many young readers today.
Oh, The Places You'll Go! – Dr. Seuss
If there was an award for the most frequently quoted children's book, without a doubt, this one would win. First published in 1990, Oh, The Places You'll Go! was the last book Dr. Seuss published in his lifetime and arguably his greatest one ever. It's funny how something SO quintessentially '90s has managed to also be incredibly timeless in both style and sentiment.