Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)
1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – This is a childhood favorite of mine. It’s about love, friendship, kindness. We could all do with a little more of that.
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – This was my first introduction to Alexie and I loved it. The novel is a semi-autobiographical, young adult novel about Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white high school in a neighboring farm town and labeled a traitor by his tribe.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – When I read this several years ago I didn’t care for it. I’ve since read it and have throughly enjoyed it.
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – This is by far probably my favorite book of the year. A young girl’s journey to find her voice and stand up and to face her fears and do what’s right.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I don’t do romance but Jane Eyre is so much more than that. I would want future generations to read this because Jane overcomes so much and still has her pride and is strong willed, an independent thinker, a fighter.
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – This coming of age autobiography depicts a young Maya overcoming racism in the South, child molestation and rape, the guilt of someone being killed.
7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – My first introduction to Lewis was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I loved it and remember wanting, then devouring the entire series. I had no at the time that Aslan was thought of as Jesus Christ. But that’s not why I want future generations to read it. I want them to read it because they’re awesome stories.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is another one that has been banned/challenged over the years because folks feel it’s racist. Well, books aren’t always meant to make you feel comfortable. Sometimes you have to be taken out of your comfort zone in order to affect change.
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – So yeah, the N-word is used 219 times; and I understand why folks find it difficult to read and teach but Huck Finn still needs to be taught. There are so many lessons to be learned.
10. Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi – I loved these two graphic novels. Persepolis is a Satrapi’s autobiography which details her life during the Iranian revolution and then being sent overseas to be educated and escape the revolution. And of course it helps for me that this has been on the banned and challenged book lists, too. I’m such a rebel.