#TopTenTuesday Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child

Top Ten Tuesday newTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child. Being of a certain age, there are lots of books that weren’t published when I was a child but, if they had been, I’m certain would have given me a more diverse reading experience than was available when I was growing up. Links from the titles will take you to the book description on Goodreads.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling – so I wouldn’t have to explain why I’ve never read any of the books in the series

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz – to demonstrate that a teenager can compete with the best of them when it comes to dealing with baddies

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – because I’d have learned more about the First World War by reading this than through any school history textbook

The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay – as above but with the added advantage of an early lesson in the correct use of apostrophes

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson – so I’d have understood what life was like for young people growing up in a children’s home

Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga – to have gained a wider appreciation of what’s going on in the world through the experiences of a young Syrian refugee in the United States

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – to understand a little of what it’s like to suffer from dyslexia

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman – so perhaps I may have developed an interest in the fantasy genre which has eluded me up until now

An Edwardian Christmas by John S. Goodall – because it contains just the sort of gorgeous pictures I would have loved to pore over

How It Works: The Husband by Jason Hazeley – because the Ladybird books I read as a child certainly didn’t give this sort of useful life information

What books do you wish you’d been able to read as a child?

15 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child

  1. Oh! War Horse is such a good choice. There was a copy in my school library — only I was so spoiled for choice on horse books there that I never bothered with it because I figured, why read about war when there were plenty of mustang stories to go around? Ten years later the movie trailer dropped, I smacked myself in the forehead and got a shiny new copy out of the public library as fast as I could get it, whereupon it instantly became one of my all-time favorite books (the movie also turned out excellent).

    My list is here.

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  2. I’m also “of a certain age” and there just were not that many books for children around back then, especially not YA. And, of course, they were not very diverse. It would have been good for me to have had a more diverse outlook back in the day – I love that kids these days are exposed to a wider world and outlook.

    Happy TTT!



  3. I;m in the same boat Cathy. So many books on people’s lists this week were not around when I was a child, but I did read many of them to my children and to my students. I like your list.

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