Although I’m not planning to have children any time soon, I’ll admit I’ve thought about all the books I want to read to my future children someday. There are so many to choose from, definitely more than ten. But since today is Tuesday, here are ten books or book series I absolutely cannot wait to read with my future children.
(This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read [Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.])
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Hands down, the Narnia books are number one on my list for any future children. I read these when I was younger because of my parents, and I cannot wait to share the magic of these books with the next generation.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Just like with Narnia, I basically grew up in Middle-earth. While Lord of the Rings is suited for older children, I think reading The Hobbit with future kids will be a wonderful experience.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: After recently re-reading A Wrinkle in Time, I’ve fallen in love with Madeleine L’Engle’s characters and story. There are so many aspects she did right in this book that I absolutely have to share the wonders of this book with any kids I have. This book should be a must read for any middle grade reader.
Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I grew up exploring the Midwest with Laura Ingalls and her family, so I think it would only be fitting to share these adventures with my future children, especially if I have any girls. These books are full of life and excitement as well as lessons about family and growing up.
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery: I recently read through the entirety of the Anne books, but I have to say the first one is still my favorite. I’ll definitely be introducing my future children to this spunky, red-headed orphan and all the her mixed-up adventures and stories. I grew up with Anne Shirley, and I want others to grow up with her as well.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne: I used to spend days at my grandparents’ house watching The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, but the original stories by A.A. Milne are so wonderful that they must be included on this list. I absolutely love the illustrations, and I’ve even considered designing a nursery around a 100 Acre Wood them.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: There are a handful of picture books that I can’t wait to read with young children, but Where the Wild Things Are is one of my top favorites. I love the illustrations alongside the adventure. It easily captured my imagination, and it’ll be exciting to see how it captures someone else’s.
Ramona and Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary: I probably read the Ramona and Henry Huggins books ten times each growing up. Ramona was a true literary friend, and I wanted a dog like Ribsy for my own. (Luckily, I think I just may have had my own Ribsy.) These books hold a special place in my bookish heart, so this list would be incomplete without them. Really, any book by Beverly Cleary is worth reading.
Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osbourne: The Magic Tree House books are truly phenomenal. I used to pretend to play them in the backyard for hours, imagining dinosaurs roaming the yard or blasting off to the moon. Full of imagination, historical details, and fun, these books are a must-read for all children.
Bamboozled by David Legge: This picture book holds sentimental and nostalgic value for me. When I was younger, I used to read it with my grandpa. We’d marvel over the bizarre pictures and laugh at how ridiculous the story is. It’s always been a favorite, and since I was given my grandpa’s copy to keep, I know this will definitely be a priority story to read with any children I might have.
Of course, there are many more books I want to read with future children or even my nephew. How could I forget books like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Peter Pan? Basically, I will have no trouble finding enough books to read to my future children, and there is always the option to re-read a cherished book.