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.
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. 🙂