Welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! For the newcomers, TTT is a bookish meme hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish. Each week bloggers are given a topic and encouraged to list their very own top ten of that topic!
This weeks topic is Books I Want My (Kids/Nieces/Nephews) to Read. I don’t have kids (unless you count fur and scale babies) and don’t really have plans to have any, but I do have three nieces, a nephew, a nephew on the way, and two teen girls that are friends of my oldest niece and my adopted babies.
Reading has always been a BIG part of my life, and I really want to share that with my nieces and nephews. In the end I don’t really care (much) what they read, as long as they read. Because of that my list is going to be a bit different this week; more just explaining genre by genres why kids need to read.
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Fantasy is the epitome of childhood reading lists. I think it’s all about the magic and wonder. It’s a genre that really stretches the limits of imagination (some times so far you have to reel it in a bit to make the story work). Probably starting near birth with lullabies and fairy tails, fantasy is near the first taste of stories for most kids.
Science Fiction is like-wise a genre of the imagination. Time travel, space adventures, dinosaurs, and depressed robots; pictures of a future yet to come and sideways images of worlds that may or may not exist. I love sci-fi because there’s no limits. Sci-fi can be as simple as having a character that’s a cyborg or as complex as creating an entire universe with its own politics, species, planets, religions, etc.
Horror is a touchy subject for kids and younger teens. I have trouble finding any newer books that are appropriate for 14 year olds and still keep their attention. They’re either way too ‘evil’ or mature for the age group, or seem to be aimed for a way younger audience. But my niece loves the Scary Stories series and old Fear Street books I used to read.
Why let kids read horror at all? Personally, I think it depends on the child. My nephew is not allowed. He gets too scared. But for my oldest niece, it helps her to overcome fears; learning fact from fiction and not to be afraid of every bump in the night, and that sometimes being scared can be a bit fun.
Non-Fiction/Fiction/Slice of Life
As much as I hate it, my poor babies are growing up in a bad world that only seems to get worse. They can’t hide out in books forever, and I can’t stuff them in the attic and hide them away from the world. They have to eventually learn that it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, then they have to learn how to deal with those moments when they come. “A Little Princess” says no matter how poor and dirty she looks, she’ll always be a princess. Ponyboy is reminded to stay gold.