Imagine sitting on a rocking chair, a child on your knees, reading them a story. Isn’t the picture beautiful? It is no secret that I’m a big fan of books. So naturally, the thought of passing this love on to my own children is a pretty sweet one. Which is why I loved this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt that is all about books I want my children to read.

If you aren’t familiar with Top Ten Tuesdays, let me explain. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over on The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they prompt us to come up with a list of ten books that fit that week’s theme.

In the past, there were some prompts that I found rather hard to do. But this week’s together with the female leader one of last week, were probably my favourites so far.

So without further ado. Here we go.

1. Matilda by Roald Dahl

I’m sorry for putting Matilda on yet another list. But the book is too precious to be left out. The obvious reason why I think all kids should read Matilda is that she is absolutely fond of books. And what’s not to love about that? 🙂

But more than that, I love that Matilda is an independent, strong-willed, confident and kind little lady and thus makes for a great role model.

2. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Another strong-willed little girl, who does what she wants and doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks. Pippi might get herself into all kinds of weird situations, but she always means well.

We live in a world that puts way too much value in conformity. And I think Pippi is a great example of a little girl who is who she is and doesn’t bend to fit in. If others don’t like what she’s doing or who she is, she just moves on. Okay. Maybe she plays a prank on them first. 🙂

3. Die Turnachkinder by Ida Bindschedler

This is a German favourite of mine. And I don’t think that there’s an English translation. But I had to put it on here anyway. It tells the story of a Swiss family based in Zurich and focuses on the little adventures the four (or five?) children go on.

My mum used to read us the book as a bedtime story and I absolutely loved it. From all the books that have been read to me over the years, I think that I have the fondest memories of Die Tunrachkinder. So this is definitely a book I want my children to know. And who knows, maybe grandma will read it to them. 🙂

4. Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne

Another classic, isn’t it? I think this was one of the first books I ever read in English. We’ve watched all the movies as kids and I just think that the story is cute, has a good message and makes for excellent bedtime material. 🙂

5. The Lorax by Theodor Seuss Geisel

I have to start this with a confession. I haven’t read the book myself. 🙂 But! I’ve seen the movie and absolutely loved it. Especially in the context of today’s climate change and as a conversation starter for environmental discussions, the book (and the movie) are great.

6. The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Who doesn’t love the Peter Rabbit stories?

One of these days, I absolutely have to go and buy the entire collection. There are so many funny and cute little stories and I think they make for great story time or reading material for younger kids or nights where you don’t feel like telling a long story. 🙂

7. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

This one is a rather recent publication and I’ve stumbled across it when I was looking for a book to read to my primary kids. And isn’t it beautiful?

I love the message about how sometimes you have to break rules and it is okay. And then there’s the whole setting of the library and the fact that the lion has a heart of gold and isn’t ferocious and mean, but gentle and kind-hearted. Another great message.

8. Das Doppelte Lottchen (Parent-Trap) by Erich Kästner

Another German one. But there is a movie (The Parent-Trap) with Lindsay Lohan that’s based on the book.

Growing up in Switzerland, the Erich Kästner books were a great part of my daily reading time. I’m pretty sure that I’ve read them all at one point. And they’re almost classics around here. 🙂 But from all of those books, Das Doppelte Lottchen would definitely have to be a favourite.

I mean. What’s not to love about two twins, separated at birth, who exchange places and bring their divorced parents back together?

9. Die Kinder aus Bullerbü by Astrid Lindgren

Since we’re talking about German books. Let’s continue here. 🙂 Astrid Lindgren is a Swedish author, so I guess the term “German” doesn’t really apply here. 🙂 I’ve searched for an English translation, but again, I don’t think that there is one. A shame really because the books are lovely.

They tell the story of a bunch of kids who live in Bullerbü (a small Swedish village) and all the things they experience together. This, again, is a story that was read to me as a child and that I read myself afterwards. And there is something about everyday stories of everyday kids, that just fascinated and still fascinates me.

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Let’s end with a banger. Little Women is a bit of a must. I’ve only read it a few years ago for a reading list at university and I loved it. It’s supposed to be a children’s book, so I think it’s perfect for this list.

Plus, it also goes nicely together with some of the other books on my list here. Because just like Die Turnachkinder or Die Kinder aus Bullerbü it tells the story of a family and a group of kids and their daily lives. It is an inspiring story and I think that kids and adults can learn a great deal from it.

Top Ten Tuesday, Books I Want My Children To Read

I’m feeling all sentimental now. Did anyone else experience that?

If you look at my list, I guess it predominantly fits the needs of little girls. Probably has something to do with the fact that I’m a girl. 🙂 But I’m curious to know whether you have any suggestions for more “boyish” books. Or maybe you also know good graphic novels or comics.

Because to be honest, I don’t really care what kids read as long as they do read. So it’s always good to have a varied selection at hand to fit every child’s taste. Which is why, I need you to fire suggestions my way. 🙂

22 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Children To Read”

  1. I was on a mini hiatus because of final exams when TTT did this prompt, and I was so sad I missed it! But I decided to do it in a couple of weeks anyway because I really wanted to talk about this topic.
    Winnie the Pooh was such a big part of my childhood! I always wonder which hard-hitting and life-changing book I will add to the list of books I’ll make my children read. The world is filled of SO MANY amazing stories!

    1. Hope your finals went well. Mine are coming up in a week and I’m determined not to let them ruin my Christmas. xD And please let me know when you’ve done the TTT. I’d be really interested to get some more inspiration 🙂

      1. I can tell you the exact day right now because I’ll be swapping places with it and the prompt of December 19th. Books I wan Santa to bring is basically like an anticipated books post, and I’ve already done tons of those. So it’ll definitely be going up that day instead!!!

    1. Have you read any other Roald Dahl books? I’ve only read Matilda and Danny the Champion of the World and am desperate for new material, but don’t really know where to start 😛

    1. Just imagine the fun (and trouble) it would be to have a little girl like Pippi xD I love Astrid Lindgren’s books and really think they’d be reason enough to learn Swedish 😛

  2. What a great list! I completely forgot about Beatrix Potter, but I love her. Pippi Longstocking is such an original. And your love for Matilda really makes me want to read it to see what all the fuss is about.

    1. You should totally read Matilda. I’ve only read it a couple of months ago and it was the best afternoon of my life 🙂 Roald Dahl’s writing is amazing and the story is just… the best!

    1. I think the memories were my favourite part of putting together this list. I’m still feeling all sentimental just thinking about it xD

  3. I love this list! I have to admit that I’m a bit sad that I can’t read the German ones – they sound lovely, and your wonderful memories associated with them make them sound all the more special! There are some familiar stories on here though, and ones I also love.

    I don’t think gender should matter so much for books for young kids these days – at least, I hope it doesn’t! When I was a kid I think I read a lot of books that weren’t really meant for girls. I particularly remember the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome that was wonderful. Then there were a bunch that I think apply to both, like the Canadian classic, Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang or The Little Prince or The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (though I only have the vaguest of memories of that one – I think it might have been a little bit scary!).

    I’m really enjoying discovering books for very young readers with my daughter, as I’ve forgotten most of the ones from my childhood and it’s fun re-discovering them. Some favourites are In the Night Kitchen (I think also by Maurice Sendak who did Where the Wild Things Are), Burglar Bill, The Jolly Postman, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Olivia books. There are a lot of very creative ones out there!

    Thanks for sharing your favourite childhood books with us – there are definitely some I’ve taken note of for when my daughter is a little bit older!

    1. First of all: THANK you for your long comment! I made a little happy dance just because of it 🙂

      I could offer to translate you the German books? 😉 Or you’ll just have to learn German… No biggie 😛

      As for the gender thing, I totally agree with you. And I would never stop a girl from reading a “boy” book and vice versa. I was just a typical “girly” girl and was never much into adventure stories and all the likes. And there are many girls and boys who love these kind of books. So I always look at it as widening my own horizon and getting stuck into different genres. There are so many good books out there (thank you for your list!) that I don’t know yet and so it’s always great to discover something new. Because who knows, I might enjoy thrillers immensely. Stranger things have happened 😛

      And on a sidenote: I’m kind of jealous that you get to share books with your daughter. I am definitely looking forward to hopefully having that one day as well. And I feel that sharing books with your children should be reason enough to have about a million of them 😛

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