TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books I Want My Hypothetical Future Children to Read

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?


  1. Yes to so many of these! Harry Potter, Sabriel and Noughts & Crosses are all books I’d love my children to read if I ever have any. I used to love the Animal Ark books, too! I had a bit of a thing for animal books, so my childhood library consisted of Animal Ark, Puppy Patrol, Home Farm Twins and lots of Dick King Smith.

    I still need to read The Hate U Give, and I’d like to read Illuminae, too – I’ve heard so many interesting things about it!

    1. I had an animal book phase too! Puppy Patrol! I remember reading all those books from my school library! 😀
      I really enjoyed Illuminae and plan to read the sequel this month and I hope I enjoy it just as much.

  2. Moxie has been on a few lists this week but I haven’t it yet. It seems that it has deep enough themes that a bunch of people want to pass it on. I am going to have to look into it.

    1. Yes please do! It gave me so many feelings, I had both frustrated tears and happy ones and it was great to see these teen girls finding their voice. It’s one of my favourite books of the year 😀

    1. It’s been lovely finding people who were also obsessed with the Animal Ark books 🙂 I even had some of the books on cassette tape and would listen to them in bed when I didn’t feel like reading the actual book!

      1. I honestly don’t know anyone else who’s actually read them, aside from my sister as we shared when we were kids! Oh I remember doing that, not with Animal Ark, but I was definitely more into audiobooks when I was younger than I am now.

  3. Great list! I totally almost added Narnia to mine too, but it didn’t even occur to me to add Moxie! It would be so good for any kid to read. Not only did it teach awesome stuff about feminism, but I also really loved how it showed the need to allow people room to grow. Like, her boyfriend (I can’t remember his name, it’s been a while since I read it) messed up here and there, but he was trying really hard, and I loved that he was given that room to goof up and learn from his mistakes. I remember as a teen when I first started to recognize the value of feminism, I often had a hard time accepting when my loved ones goofed up, and I could get a bit preachy and self-righteous at time, but Moxie does a great job of showing why it’s important to be forgiving as long as the person is really trying. Sorry to ramble on your post, lol!

    1. Yes! I totally get what you mean about her boyfriend. It was frustrating at time that he didn’t get it but, like you said, the book didn’t villainise him for that and allowed him to grow and learn.
      You’re welcome to ramble on my posts any time! It’s all interesting rambles 🙂

  4. I love your picks! Harry Potter is definitely a book I think children – and people in general – should read. It’s so magical and outstanding in many ways. The Princess Diaries was my childhood, and I still have a soft spot for Cabot’s novels. Moxie and THUG made it onto my list too, and I love Illuminae, as well – it’s so creatively written. Fantastic list!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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