Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Children

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I was not an avid reader when I was a child. I hated being told what I could or could not read so my great rebellion was simply not to read. Scandalous, right? I’ve not read a few of the books, but these are the ones I think would make great reading material for kids.

1. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan: This series would be my first recommendation. It’s a fun adventure. It has its serious moments, but the dynamic between the characters and all of the chaos that ensues makes for an entertaining read. Plus, it’s a great series to introduce kids to Greek mythology. Riordan does a great job at establishing the Olympians without complicating everything.

2. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: A classic series I have not read. Everyone has heard of Harry Potter. It’s a franchise that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, so it makes a perfect bedtime story for everyone. 

3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: I have read this one and I must say it was a whole lot of fun. If you’re looking to introduce kids to fantasy novels, then you can’t go wrong with The Hobbit. It’s iconic and easy to read. 

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: This might cater more towards the pre-teens, but as a fantasy series it’s not as dark as the others I’ve read. I’m not saying it doesn’t have its dark moments, but this series is full of anticipation and it’s so easy to get behind the characters. Plus, it’s a great alternative to the classic fairytales and I think they’d enjoy making the connections with the fairytales.

5. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: This is based on the film. The film is adorable, so I figured the book has to be pretty spectacular too.

6. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson: Another one based on the TV production. The Gruffalo is always on around Christmas time and my family always watches it together. It’s a sweet and easy read.

7. The Foxwood Collection by Cynthia Paterson: This way my childhood book. I adored this series. It was my bedtime story and it’s so overlooked. To start, the illustrations are stunning but more than that the stories have that sense of wonder and enchantment to them.

8. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter: Another classic. Peter Rabbit has become a collectible. It’s a timeless classic and the collection set is a visual delight.

9. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne: Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? You cannot go wrong with this loveable bear and all his friends. The reveal of the hidden depths behind the characters and what they represent makes it an even more important read.

10. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: I love both the books and the TV production. It’s a childhood classic to me. As you can see, I have a recurring theme in my books and I will always gravitate towards animal adventures. I mean, wouldn’t you love it if your pet animals could talk to you?

Those are my recommended children books?
What was your favourite childhood book?

29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Children

  1. This is such a great list, Lois ❤ Harry Potter certainly is a must and I love that you mentioned The Lunar Chronicles on here, I do think it'd be fun to find the original fairytales behind these stories 🙂

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    • It’s such a fun series to read. It has it’s dark moments, but I think identifying aspects of the series with the fairy tales is so much fun, while also appreciating the uniqueness of the book as well.

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  2. Hi Lois!
    Love your list here! Of those, I’ve only read Harry Potter (which I loved!) and Cinder (which I also liked). Did you finish the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series and how did you like the rest of the books?
    My childhood favourites are A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Babysitter’s Club and Babysitter’s Little Sister. I think I had all of The Babysitter’s Club books haha- it’s pretty crazy :’)

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    • The thought the Lunar Chronicles got better with each book. I was curious to see how all the characters and the plot would line up but it’s done really well.
      I’ve never read The Babysitter’s Club before, but I love that we all seem to have a definitive childhood favourite.

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