Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.). Since I already have a child and actively aspire to have him be as big of a bookworm as I am, I’ve had a wishlist of books and series for a while now that I’ve been hoping my son will eventually read. What’s cool is that we’ve already made a little bit of progress on this list and so far he has loved everything we’ve read. I’m hoping that as he grows older, he will continue to trust my taste in books and so will read the rest of these two.
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Top 10 Books (and Series) I Hope My Child Will Read Someday
- HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling I’m thrilled to say that my son and I have already read this entire series together. He loved every minute of it, especially the Weasley twins. I’m hoping this will be a favorite that he revisits from time to time.
- CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl Is there anything better to make a child fall in love with reading than the whimsical books of Roald Dahl? My son and I have read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together and he loved it so much that we moved on to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda, and The B.F.G.
- THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein I can’t take credit for getting my son to read this beautiful story since he read it at school, but I’ll give his teacher props for making one of my wishlist reads a reality. My son loved this one too and has since started reading Where the Sidewalk Ends.
- PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan This is a series that we’ve started but haven’t gotten very far into yet. You’ll find that many of the books and series on my wishlist are fantasy. Since I was a child, fantasy books have always fascinated me so I’m hoping they’ll have the same effect on my child. I also think they’re great for really making a child use their imagination to envision the world building that takes place. And in the case of the Percy Jackson series, it also provides an entertaining introduction to Greek Mythology, which is a nice bonus.
- THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis We have not tackled this series yet, but it’s high on my list of must-reads for my son because it’s one of my all-time favorites.
- THE LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding He’s nowhere near old enough for this book yet, but I remember being equal parts fascinated and horrified by this book when I read it in high school and it has still stuck with me after all these years. It’s a book that makes you think and I definitely want my son reading books that will engage his mind and keep him thinking about life.
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee This will be another book for when he is older, but I really hope I can get my son to read this one. One because it’s my all-time favorite book, and two because it tackles important social issues that are still relevant today. If I can only get him to read one classic, this is the one I’d choose.
- 1984 by George Orwell If I could get my son to read 2 classics, this is the second one I’d choose. It’s another one of those creepy reads that makes you think and it manages to still be relevant today. I’d also want him to read it, if for no other reason, than so he understands what someone means if they say Big Brother is watching.
- THE HOBBIT & THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY by J.R.R. Tolkien We’re still a few years away from this one too, I think, although my son has checked The Hobbit out of the library before. It ended up being a little over his head, but he is definitely interested in revisiting it someday and I will most certainly encourage him to do so since it’s one of the greatest fantasy series of all time.
- THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton Again, for when my son is older, but this is a book from my childhood that has continued to captivate young readers to this day. I’m hoping my child will not grow up to be a reluctant reader, but if he does, I still think this is a book that would appeal to him.
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