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The Top Ten Books I Want My Children to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so head on over there if you want to learn more. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children To Read. I have a two-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter, so I chose ten books I hope they enjoy reading (or listening to) as they grow up!

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1. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
How could I not include Harry Potter in this list?! I grew up with these books and movies, and I can’t wait till the day I can start reading them to my kids before bed. 🙂

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
I will always consider this one of my very favorite books. I first read it in school and I believe it is what first sparked my love for science fiction.

3. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Something about reading this book was so much fun. Maybe because my cousin and I used to play in the woods growing up and pretend we lived there and made everything we needed. I still can’t look at an acorn today without thinking about Sam making acorn pancakes!

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4. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
I’m finally reading these books now as an adult and they are wonderful. Much like Harry Potter, I’m excited to read these to my children and share the world of Narnia with them.

5. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin
This is one of my favorite books, and one I have read multiple times. It was so fun to imagine these dolls coming to life when no one is looking. The Doll People will always have a place in my heart. I hope my kids feel the same way.

6. Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
I have been slightly obsessed with Nancy Drew since I was a kid when my friend Krystle and I discovered Nancy Drew pc games and used to play them together. I had the first ten books long before that, but only now am I starting to read them. I’d love to collect them all.

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7. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Can I just say ALL of the Roald Dahl books? Matilda was always one of my favorite books and movies.

8. Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
Omg! I almost forgot about this book, but I thought it was great back in the day. A vampire bunny that sucks the juice out of vegetables. Who’s in?

9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a wonderful book that kids and adults alike can both enjoy. How amazing would it be to find a beautiful, secret garden where you could go read?

10. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Aside from telling a really awesome story, these books teach important lessons, such as being the lion in a world full of sheep, and fighting for what you believe in.

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Putting together this post was like taking a trip down memory lane. Did any of these books make your top ten list?

Thanks for reading!
-Elizabeth

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10 thoughts on “The Top Ten Books I Want My Children to Read

  1. Great list.
    My son is nine and he loves the Harry Potter movies, but I can’t get him to read the books. It’s hard getting him to read any books, honestly, which makes me sad…

  2. I haven’t read any of the HP books yet… 😀 😀 😀 I have seen all the movies though, and all the books are staring at me from my bookshelf. But based on the community, that’s definitely one series I’d get my children to check out. Also nice to see the Giver. I enjoyed it, and I think it is one classic that will perfectly introduce kids to dystopia as a genre. Great list! 😀

    1. Thank you! I’ve actually only read the first three or four books in the HP series! I stopped at some point when I was younger and just decided to be surprised with the movies and read them later. I’m finally getting to them now and starting from the beginning again, but same here with them staring at me from my bookshelf all these years lol.

  3. I love Matilda so much! My mum runs a little daycare from her home, and I’m already thinking of which books I’ll be sharing to the kids there once they’re a bit older. Matilda is definitely going to be one of them. For now, I’m sticking with older picture books that won’t get ruined when they start trying to rip out the pages since they’re still in their Terrible Twos 😂

    1. I know the terrible twos all too well haha 😂 I’m just hoping my son loves books still when his attention span catches up. Matilda is the perfect children’s book in my opinion! It has a great story AND it inspires a love for reading 💗

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