Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want Kiddos to Read

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is simultaneously a throwback and a look at the future. Today I’ll be sharing ten books I hope kiddos continue to read decades from now. Reading played a huge role in shaping me as a child into the person I am now and I am so grateful to all of those who encouraged me to spend time with my nose between pages, eagerly flipping away. I hope that kiddos continue to have positive bookish experiences at an early age!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is such important role model for young readers, especially girls. She is intelligent, bookish, independent, courageous, and kind. I wish I had read this when I was younger!

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

I haven’t read this book in years, but I can still remember certain poems from when I read it as a child. I love this book because it shows kids that poetry doesn’t have to follow rules or conform to certain standards– it can be fun, funny, and silly!

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

I ADORED this book when I was younger (in fact, I think I still have it in my bedroom back home somewhere…). It’s such a fun read and the little pig is SO CUTE <3. It definitely made me want a little pig of my own!

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

I read this book for the first time this past summer and immediately wanted to flip back to the first page and read it all over again. I love everything about this book– if anything, I wish it were longer so I could revel in the story more! Isn’t that always the sign of a great book?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Although I didn’t actually read this when I was younger (just last year!) I still enjoyed it immensely. Juster is incredibly clever, witty, and creative with his use of language to construct not only puns but also characters, settings, and even the plot. I hope both kiddos AND adults continue to read this book for generations to come!

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is yet another book that I read for the first time only recently, but I loved it all the same. I think this book is particularly great for reading at different ages because you can get something completely new out of it depending on your perspective. (The movie is excellent as well!)

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Am I mentioning Roald Dahl twice on this list? YES. Do I have regrets? NO. He’s definitely worth it! This is my favorite Roald Dahl book because one of my wonderful elementary school teachers used to read it aloud to us all the time when I was younger. It holds such a nostalgic place in my heart ❤

Holes by Louis Sachar

So fun! So bizarre! It would be a shame if kiddos stopped reading this wacky tale in the future (and if they stopped watching the excellent movie adaptation!). What would life be without the great fictional existence of Stanley Yelnats?

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

I LOVED the Nancy Drew mystery stories when I was younger, especially the original series. Learning that Carolyn Keene isn’t an actual person (it’s a fake name for a group of commissioned writers) was devastating. I desperately wanted there to be a mastermind behind all of those puzzling mysteries!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I would be amiss to not include the Harry Potter series in this list. I have a feeling kiddos and adults alike will be reading this for decades to come. I can’t even begin to imagine a childhood without the magical world of Harry Potter!

I think it’s interesting that many of these books are ones I’ve read recently rather than when I was actually a kiddo… though I really wish I had read them when I was younger because I know I would have loved them! ❤

What are books that you hope kids will read in the future? What do you think of the titles I’ve mentioned? What was your favorite book when you were younger? Let me know in the comments section below!



35 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want Kiddos to Read”

  1. Lovely list – I imagine Roald Dahl will make a lot of lists this week. Good to read your comments about Tuck Everlasting as I bought a copy of that myself a few months ago after reading a similar blog post and I’m hoping to read it soon.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I hope you enjoy Tuck Everlasting! It has a similar whimsical vibe to Roald Dahl’s books, so if you like those then you’ll probably like this one as well ❤


  2. I LOVE The BFG he’s so sweet it’s amazing. Also, at my school we had to read Holes for English in 7th grade, and a few years ago the middle schoolers did it as a play (and my little brother was Stanley!) which was really nice. Also, I went to a boarding school where junk food was called ‘tuck’ (and people had tuck boxes and things like that), so while I haven’t read it the title cracks me up XD

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    1. Omg they did it as a play?!?! That sounds awesome!! Also, that’s hilarious about the word “tuck”…. I guess a title that means “junk food forever” doesn’t quite give off the same vibe! 🙂

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  3. I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys so much! I used to dream of becoming a detective haha I think, those books are the reason I now watch a lot of crime shows. I read a lot of Enid Blyton’s as well. I’d love to collect her entire works someday for my future kids.

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  4. OMG I know right. I was shocked out of my wits when I got to know that ‘Carolyne Keene’ was just a pseudoname for a group of people who wrote the mysteries. Nancy Drew was my childhood. In fact, I read it a year before I read Harry Potter and that explains a lot of my loyalty towards mysteries and crime novels.


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