Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week the topic is all about the books we want our future hypothetical kids to read – or if we have any young children in our lives like nieces and nephews, what books we’d love them to read. I don’t know if I’ll have children, but there are definitely some books that I feel young kids should read, and books that shaped me and I’d love to share.
The Magician’s House Quartet by William Corlet
This series was one of the first to make me cry and I was less than ten years old. I’m not saying I want to make my hypothetical children cry but I’d like to see if it affects them as much as it did me.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This whole series is magical but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the most magical and I think it’s one of the most accessible for younger readers.
The Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels
I actually gave all my Animal Ark books, all 70+ of them, to my Godmothers daughter years ago, from what I heard she did enjoy them and I hope now she’s a teenager that she’s either got them in a safe place or has passed them on to someone else to love.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Of course, Harry Potter was going to be on this list!
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
These are such fun books about figuring out who you are and are such quick reads that I think just about anyone could enjoy them.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
A think this is a great book to introduce the concept of feminism to kids. It’s a great book that features some strong and interesting characters and is a great example of the power of girls supporting girls.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A bit more of a serious book but a very important one that I’d want my hypothetical kids to read. I think books are a great way for kids (and people in general) to get more empathy and understanding of people who may face different things to themselves and The Hate U Give is a great book to do that.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I think it would be cool to get my hypothetical kids to read Illuminae so they could see that books don’t have to be written in one way, that emails, messages, posters and diary entries can come together to make a compelling story.
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Noughts and Crosses was the first book I ever read that featured racism and it left a long-lasting impression on me. It’s a love story that talks about the importance of courage in the face of discrimination and how friendship can cross boundaries.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Got to have some fantasy in here, especially some fantasy that deals with death and the burden of responsibilities. Also, there’s a talking cat so win win.
What are some of the books you’d like your hypothetical children to read?