Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books the Next Generation Should Read. In an increasingly technologically demanding world, a lot of children are now turning to iPads and phones rather than books. I can allow an eReader if they are really attached to having a robot run life, but I think it’s important to teach the next generation to love books as much as we do, and to be engaged in literature. I think these books will do just that…
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Of course this will continue to be one of the greatest book series of all time, even when we’re disappearing off the face of the earth! If you can get a future child to pick up Harry Potter, they will fall in love with reading for life!
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Every young bookworm should read Matilda! It’s also a great book to encourage children to read instead of watching the TV, and how reading can be so much more beneficial for you!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
For the slightly older children of the upcoming generation, Fangirl is great to see what an affect a book or book series can have on you life.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Another one that’s not for the young’ens, but Miss Peregrine’s will present them with such a magical and powerfully constructed world that (hopefully) they won’t want to leave!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This might be a struggle to get through for some, because it is a classic, and by the time they’re reading it, I predict everything will be written in abbreviations and emojis anyway. This would be a great one to continue teaching in schools, because it would let them see how privileged they are to live in a society which now (pretty much) wholly accepts race and gender equality.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I stand by my opinion that John Green is one of the best YA writers in history and will continue to be in many years to come. TFIOS was my first Green book, and I do believe the lessons it teaches will be invaluable to the next generation of YA readers
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This book will be particularly important to those in the future who unfortunately end up struggling with grief, and/or caring for a loved one in pain. It will show them that it is ok to want to have some time when you don’t have to think about what’s going through your head.
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Ending on a slightly lighter note, Ballet Shoes was my favourite book as a child, and still remains so. While the story is an uplifting one that will fill young girls hearts with joy, it can also tell them it’s ok to not like the girly stuff, and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Beyond that, it shows them how important it is to help your family out, not necessarily if they are in times of financial worry, but just small good deeds that they will be grateful for.
That’s all for today everyone! Let me know in the comments what books you think will make it to be the classics of the next generation, and do you agree with any of mine?! Feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday too so I can see what you’re writing about this week!
Until next time…