Though it’s highly unlikely, one day I might one day decide I want children. While I very much believe that to force children to read books they are uninterested is a sure-fire way to kill their desire to read, there are a few books that I feel everyone should attempt to read. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday features BOOKS I WANT MY FUTURE CHILDREN TO READ.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO is the only book that I am relieved I was forced to read in my 9th grade Advanced English class. It’s probably my favorite classic as well. If I have kids one day, I would certainly recommend this story of suffering and vengeance (once they’re old enough).
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK was also a curricular read, but I had already discovered my love for this fascinating memoir of Franks’s last few years of her life before we were ordered to read it. It’s a great way to educate youngsters while they watch Frank come of age during unspeakable horror.
JANE EYRE is the classic romantic tale of an orphaned governess who falls head over heels for her tortured and mysterious employer. I loved this novel as a tween and would love to share it with any children I may have.
Like many children, I discovered CHARLOTTE’S WEB early in life. It was probably the most heartbreaking story I read as a small child. I can totally picture myself reading this story as a bedtime story (and trying valiantly not to dissolve in a blubbering mess).
OF MICE AND MEN was another beloved heartbreaker from my childhood, but who didn’t sob their heart out over Lennie and George? It’s a great story to introduce teens to, especially if they plan to take advanced English classes in high school.
NIGHT recommended to me by my 8th grade English teacher, one of my favorite teachers growing up. It is an autobiographical account of his survival in Nazi death camps. It is horrific, heartbreaking, and important.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE is not my favorite Harry Potter read, but it’s the one that got me hooked and it’s a series I have continued to love more than ten years later.
I adored the classic children’s picture book WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. I begged mom to read this book until she could read it in her sleep. And when I learned to read it myself, I could do the same. This is probably the first book I’ll buy if I ever have kids of my own.
Speaking of childhood rereads, ALANNA is one I read over and over again. I loved the sense of adventure, the strength, and the bravery she showed in reaching for her dreams, even when society disapproved. It is also the story that introduced me to the gender-bender subgenre.
TOP TEN TUESDAY
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What books would you introduce to your kids?