Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Books for Children: A Symposium

Aslan, the lion from The Chronicles of Narnia . (Walt Disney Studios)

National Review asked five writers to recommend five books that should be in any child’s library. Here’s how they replied:


Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard provide loving care to Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack — and immortalize Boston’s Public Garden.

The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are transported to a world where courage, honor, duty, and honesty still matter — and where adventure, danger, and enchantment enthrall readers of all ages.

The BFG, by Roald Dahl. Less famous than Dahl’s other works, this one

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