Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, you list ten items in response to the prompt chosen for that week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children To Read. For a complete list of past and future topics, click here.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I’d want my kid to develop a love of reading, so I feel like Harry Potter would be an obvious series to introduce them to. Plus, if they don’t like Harry Potter, they’re getting locked in a cupboard under the stairs.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
This series is not only a starter course in mythology, but it’s action packed and gets better with every book. I loved reading these at 25, so I can only imagine how I would have worshipped them at 10 or 12.
- Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Every child should be scared out of their wits by R.L. Stine at least once before reaching adulthood.
- Bunnicula by James Howe
These books are absolutely hysterical, and I’m a bit sad that they’re essentially out of print at this point. Good thing I’ve kept mine!
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I feel like these must be amazing books to read as a child, though I think I missed the mark on them. Call me deprived. But if I ever do have kids, I’ll make sure they get the Lemony Snicket opportunity I never did.
- Everything ever written by Roald Dahl
All I remember from reading Dahl as a child is the feeling of magic between the pages. From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Matilda to James and the Giant Peach, these should be mandatory reading for everyone.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Though this is often regarded as children’s literature, I find that categorization questionable at best. Even still, I feel like Tolkien would be fun to read aloud to your kid. And if they’re still having trouble understanding it, might as well introduce them to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
These are beautiful and such a great introduction to fantasy novels. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is one of the first books I remember enjoying from my summer reading list, and I’d love to introduce someone else to that.
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
I almost mimicked my Roald Dahl answer with this, since everything Silverstein has written is gorgeous and kid friendly. But The Giving Tree is, by far, my favorite of his works.
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I sincerely hope schools are still forcing Ponyboy and the Greasers into everyone’s book bags by the time my kid(s) are there. Books like this are the way to instill a love of reading into young people.