The top ten tuesday topic for this week is books you want your future kids to read. This is an amazing topic, the only problem is that there are way more than ten?? Even if I don’t have kids of my own these are the books I will need nieces / nephews / friend’s kids to read.
Some of these are going to be aimed more at the middle grade age group while some will be more YA. They’re basically just books I really enjoyed and that where a big part of my childhood.
I feel like this is going to be on a lot of lists, but it really is a book that all kids should read. I remember my dad telling me to read this book when I was 7 and it was a really amazing journey. If you haven’t read this series then I can’t quite explain the magic of it, but it is magical.
I know so many people who have been hooked into reading with this series. If my kid isn’t a super big reader before they read this series (which is unlikely) then they will be afterwards.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Preferably the offspring would read the whole series, but the first few at least. I read this whole series multiple times when I was like 8, and honestly I need to reread them because I don’t remember much, but it was my mother who got me to read them.
I think a lot of things went over my head because I was so young, but I love the story and the characters and the adventure so yeah this is on the list.
Swallows and Amazons
My dad got me to read this book when I was around 10 and I recently rewatched the movie and damnnnnnn this book has shaped me so much. It is all about kids having fun and being adventurous and enjoying being outside. They get into mischief and have little night time escapes on their boat. I’d place it under a similar branch to all of Enid Blyton’s books (which were also incredibly important to my childhood but I can’t list one specific book so I included none of them).
The Golden Door Trilogy
Honestly all of Emily Rodda’s books should be read by every kid, and most of them are for a younger age range, but this trilogy is amazing. Her books are full of adventure and creatures and riddles and they have really shaped my perceptions of what a good book should have. I have read all but one of her series and they are so good, why don’t more people talk about them?? Probs because they’re aimed at kids a bit younger… but anyway…
The Percy Jackson Series (and following series)
I grew up with these books. I remember waiting for the next book in Heroes of Olympus to come out when I was in year 8 and 9 and I also love how educational they are. I love learning about mythology and this series ingrains it so nicely. I think these are amazing and good for kids to read because they’re all about being clever and strong.
Keeper of the Lost Cities
This is my third favorite series and it is such an adorable series. It’s got really good messages of caring for the environment and thinking about other people’s opinions and perspectives. But mostly it’s just fun. This series is a really fun adventure with so many strong friendships and aww it’s adorable.
This is my favorite series so YES my kids will need to read it. Well actually…that might be kind of cruel…this series is 7 books that add up to over 4000 pages… But I would definitely encourage it. It’s not necessarily young adult considering I read the first four or five books in the series when I was around 11, but they’re long and confusing so that’s why I put it in the YA section.
Code Name Verity
Firstly, I adored this book and it was very clever and fast paced, but secondly it’s about world war 2.
I think it’s important for kids to learn about the past and world war 2 is a really important time period that we need to make sure kids know about. While this book is a lot more about the British effort against the war than the horrors some people experienced it is such a good book.
The Sun is Also A Star
I know some people think this book is really cliche and instalovey but I adored it. It really made me think about live and romance and my priorities and I feel like those are important things to think about and gain perspective on during the teenage years.
I read this book at a point where I was in a bit of a romance debacle and it really helped me to put things into perspective so that’s why it’s on this list.
The Raven Cycle
My second favorite series ever. This is definitely a MUST READ for any kid of mine. It is so visual and lyrical and this book has had such an effect on me. This book has both made me want to write, and made me want to seize life and live every day to the fullest of my capacity. I want to be able to convey that sense of wonder at the world and all the possibilities out there to a kid.