Time for Top Ten Tuesdays from Broke and Bookish! This week the theme was to choose your own theme, which I actually found tough to do. Apparently I flourish when structure is involved?
After much dithering, I settled on:
“The Top Ten Books I’m Excited to Share with my Hypothetical Future Bookworm Children”.
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Well, duh. Do I need to explain this?
- The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I loved having these books read to me when I was a kid. The plots are generally a good mix of adventure and simplicity. Plus, I want my kids to have survival skills/cooking skills/hay twisting skills. These books teach all those things.
- The Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary
Another given, I think. All of Beverly Cleary’s characters are super memorable, but Ramona leads the pack. I want my kids to feel like Ramona’s their friend, just as I did.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
This was my first truly favorite book. I loved it through and through. It also was the first book that showed me that there can be more to the story than just plot and that conclusions can be up for debate. I hope my kids get the same things out of it. Also, I just want them to like dystopia novels, since they are AWESOME.
- The Olivia Books by Ian Falconer
Olivia is rambunctious, mischievous, good-hearted, and hilarious. I can’t wait to read these aloud!
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
I read this middle grades novel recently and loved the emphasis it put on both science and history. Plus, the main character is a fantastic role model for smart girls.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is my attempt to start the anglophilia early in my kiddos. I want them imagining gray, horrible days, old English gardens, and lonely manors. Sure, it may not make them popular kids, but they WILL then study abroad in the UK in college. THEY WILL.
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
Everyone has to read Roald Dahl as a kid. It’s required. You need that kind of wonderful weirdness to be a rounded human, I believe. Matilda is one of my favorites, as it celebrates brains and books. Plus, THE TRUNCHBULL. Yikes!
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Who didn’t love these ridiculously wacky stories as a kid? I loved trying to figure out what my ice cream flavor would taste like (I like to imagine it would be a natural vanilla/honeycomb mix)! Plus, the length of these stories are perfect for bedtime reading.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
You know what, kid? Life’s tough sometimes. And you don’t get to move to Australia. Things get better though!
What would your choices be? I’d love to know what you can’t wait to read to your kid!