November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children To Read
Despite being a long way off possibly having children, we’ll assume for the purpose of this post that I do have kids down the road. I picked ten books/series that I loved when I was younger that I would also like my children to experience.
1. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
This was my first favourite book; I’d make my parents read it and re-read it multiple times before I’d go to bed, so it would be cool to read it to my future children.
2. The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Another childhood favourite, this tale is just so unique and classic that it’s a staple in any child’s introduction to literature.
3. The Adventures of Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
This was one of the first “chapter books” I can remember reading on my own (I was probably five or six). They are just good fun stories.
4. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Another series I read when I was very young, it was probably my introduction to fantasy, and it would make great bedtime reading.
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Although I also love Matilda, I think this novel is more entertaining whilst also possessing important life lessons.
6. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
This was an entertaining read back in the day, and I believe it was my introduction to boarding school novels (certainly featuring magic anyway).
7. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
For some reason I never really got into this series as a child (I blame Harry Potter), but it’s a classic for a reason so I’d want my children to experience it.
8. The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson
I loved all of Jacqueline Wilson’s novels when I was growing up, but this was amongst my favourites; they all feature incredible real-life issues that affect children and adults.
9. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This is one for when they get to secondary school given the mature content, but it carries such an important message.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Obviously. My future children will be born Harry Potter fans, but I’d want them to be old enough to appreciate the novels before I actually read them as bedtime stories.
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