top ten tuesday – ten books i want my children to read

it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)

i am not sure, if i’ll ever have children, but if that would happen, there are some books i definitely want them to read. i want them to discover the wonderful world of books. i want them to experience books. i want them to see, how awesome books are. doesn’t matter if they are younger or older. and here are some of the books i would want them to read.


“top ten books i want my children to read”


1.) “pippi longstocking” by astrid lindgren


i didn’t read much as a kid, but “pippi longstocking” was a huge part of my childhood. i loved the books and the tv series and movies. i adored pippi and her adventures and i want to share my love for this girl. i also read many other books by astrid lindgren and i totally recommend all of them.


2.) “wonder” by r.j. palacio


this book is just wonderful! i cried, i laughed and it touched me very much emotionally. i think it’s a great book for kids to read. to see, that it’s ok who you are and that it doesn’t matter how you look.


3.) “thirteen reasons why” by jay asher


now this is definitely a book for the teenage years but i would want that my child reads this. you never know, what your children are thinking and the message, that you should talk to people, when you are desperate is very important. to seek for help, when you feel hopeless. it’s a very impactful book and very important.


4.) “the little prince” by antoine de saint-exupéry


i’d say this is a children’s classic. i have read this book in german many, many years ago but it remember that i loved it very much. it’s about the danger’s of growing up and i guess it’s appropriate for children. i definitely need to reread this soon.


5.) “the book thief” by markus zusak


this book portrays the brutality of the second world war really good. it’s devastating and emotional and very hard. but this book is written so beautifully, that it will not let you go. i still think about it sometimes and that’s what shows me, why it’s a good book.


6.) “the wizard of oz” by frank l. baum


i read “the wizard of oz” last year for the first time and i remember loving it. i loved the character’s and the adventure and the message of this story. i think it’s a really good children’s book and i definitely liked it more then “alice’s adventures in wonderland”.


7.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton


i can’t believe that i have read “the outsiders” so late in my life. many people read it at school and i wished, that i would have to. because it’s great. it’s dark and emotional and deals with a lot of problems. it’s about growing up in bad conditions and how violence becomes a natural part of your life. it’s shocking but also important.


8.) “animal farm” by george orwell


“animal farm” is a book, that is easy to read. and i think, that it’s something different to read for a teenager, than other classics, which are hard to get through. this book has a good message about society and how some people just take what they want. it’s a book to think about, to reflect and i think everyone should read it.


9.) “the fault in our stars” by john green


yes, i needed this book to be on this list. because it’s my favorite book of all time. and i want my kids to read my favorite book of all time. i want to them to experience the writing of john green. i want them to experience and learn about love and loss. i want them to see how life sometimes is unfair but also good.


10.) “harry potter” by j.k.rowling


now, for many people this may be a sure one. but not for me, since i have only read the first book just about a month ago. but i see, why children should read it. it’s magical and i am pretty sure, that i will love the rest of the series as much as i did the first one. and i wish, that i had read it back as a kid. because i think, that it would have sparked my love for books way sooner and then i wouldn’t have missed so many years, where i didn’t read at all. so i want my kids to see, how magical books are and how wonderful and that it’s a good thing when you read and are a bookworm. 😀



that’s it. that’s my list. do you agree with my choices? or would you want your kids to read something else entirely? let me know! 🙂

38 thoughts on “top ten tuesday – ten books i want my children to read

  1. I’m now really intrigued to read The Outsiders. I love emotional books as you know, so I decided to add it to my TBR 🙂
    I haven’t read the Wizard of Oz yet. Need to read it though!

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  2. What an amazing list! Like you, I was brought up on Pippi and know her stories by heart. They are very dear to me.
    The Little Prince and Harry Potter are now established classics, even though I still hate to put them in one sentence. I think Animal Farm is a bit heavy in its messages, even though it looks simple. I would read it only as an adult, after I covered some other philosophical work.

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  3. My copy of The Fault in Our Stars arrived yesterdaaaaaay!
    No clue when I’ll read it but.. hey.. Eventually, you know. :’)
    Also still have to read Thirteen Reasons Why. And the Book Thief.
    [I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t at have two books on your list that I have yet to read..]

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  4. Great list and you made me remember about Pippi Longstocking! I never read the book (I didn’t know at the time there was a book) but I saw the series and they were so much fun to watch! I read the books from Roald Dahl when I was small and I liked them a lot. I wonder why I don’t like fantasy more now, weird…

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  5. This was a great list! I haven’t read all of these books but I do agree with the ones I have read! I’m not a huge 13 reasons why fan but at the same time I think for younger readers (I’m talking about 12/13/14) it’s important. I have found faults with it and I know when I was younger I started reading it and enjoyed it without picking up on these problems but I also think there is some important messages in the book.

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