| TOP TEN TUESDAY | Top Ten Books I Want Young People to Read

I come across the TOP TEN TUESDAY articles often among fellow bloggers and at first, I thought it would be too much to do on a Tuesday since I normally also post a TAG post on this day. But since the setup and such of both articles are quite different from one another, I’ve decided to start participating with the TOP TEN TUESDAY as well from now on, because well: I just really really like the article. Coming across this month’s subject was the last ‘push’ for me because I got so excited about it and wanted to write it down myself. So here we go.. my first Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists. 
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Today’s topic is one I really like and I had a lot of fun writing my top ten down. I’ve had to say, I think 10 isn’t nearly enough haha. Reading is so important I think, especially regarding young people. It’s so important they find the Joy of reading for fun and relaxing instead of only reading mandatory for school and such. I’ve created this top ten list looking back to my own Childhood – which I’ve done a lot recently because I was writing a similar article about my favorite childhood books so that came in handy haha – and I loved reminiscing. Which books would I want to recommend to young people? Find out now!

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the first author/books that come to mind is ROALD DAHL. the BFG, Mathilda, the Witches and so much more is what made me fall in love with reading waaay back then when I was a young girl. These books are one of the first I can remember being favorites of mine – before that it was a lot of DISNEY books since I’m a Disney fangirl ever since I could walk/talk. I’ve devoured Roald’s books – haven’t read all of them but a lot – and loved the re-makes they did on tv as well. I can’t imagine a bookish life for a young reader without Roald Dahl’s books in it. This author is definitely a MUST-READ for every young reader out there.

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PIPPI LONGSTOCKING by Astrid Lindgren. When I think back to my childhood Pippi has had a great amount of presence in it. I loved watching the movies and tv stuff but I loved reading this book even more. Pippi’s adventures are awesome and need to be read by young people!

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the PINKELTJE/FINGERLING books by DICK LAAN. The early stories focus mainly on Pinkeltje’s adventures in the Grote Huis (Big House), inhabited by a father, a mother, a nameless boy and an unnamed girl (originally a boy and two girls). Pinkeltje doesn’t appear to the residents but is always ready to help them in silence. Later, the emphasis shifts to his adventures in Pinkeltjesland from where he originates and is married to Pinkelotje. In the last books, Pinkeltje emerges as a detective and helps solve crimes. The books have drawings of Rein van Looy. So as you can see there’s a lot of diverse topics being written about in the books so you’ll never get bored. I’ve devoured these books when I was a young girl and still have so many fond memories of them.

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WINNIE THE POOH. I mean; how could he not be on this list? I love the fact that he’s become a classic and keeps being loved by children nowadays too. I grew up with him and now I see my son watching his movies and ‘reading’ his books. The adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends are definitely stories you need to be acquainted with when you’re young.

♥ 5 

BLAUWE PLEKKEN by Anke de Vries. This is for readers in the age of 10+ I think? It’s about child abuse – written on a level it’s not too extreme for young readers of course – and I remember so well reading this book when I was younger. It made an enormous impact on me. I think it’s important that we not overdo it when it comes to feeding our children information on all the bad stuff happening in our world. But books like these are important I think.. To let children get acquainted with some of the bad stuff happening without them seeing it on tv or such in a too extreme manner. Books like these make us able to let them ‘see’ not everyone grows up in a good environment, unfortunately. It’s a bit of knowledge I think that has to be transferred to young children at some point or another and Anke de Vries did an amaaazing job with this book. It’s a very important one on this list I think. It’s not fluffy or sweet but realistic. A book with a huge emotional impact and a strong message. The book won two prices from the Nederlandse kinderjury (Dutch children Jury).

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THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank. Wikipedia: Anne Frank is one  of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis; English: The Secret Annex), in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Frank’s father, Otto, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 60 languages.

I think this is again a very important book for young readers. Anne’s story has had a huge huge hugeee impact on a global level and on me personally as well. Nothing in this ‘book’ is fiction and that’s what makes it so emotional to read and why it has such a deep impact. I can’t imagine a reader who won’t be shocked by reading her story and be truly saddened by everything as well. Everything written down in this book was written down by Anne herself, back during World War 2. Her story is so tragic and happened to so many people back then, it’s just terrible. But reading her story is so important for our young ones I think. To let them, hopefully, find out for themselves how things should NOT be in our world. How war should be something we have to avoid at all costs. How everyone deserves to live their lives freely instead of being ‘beaten down’ by a dictator. Our children are our future so it’s important they get acquainted with our history, how gruesome it may be. It’s important for them to take the lead into a brighter future since we still don’t seem to get it right. Thankfully Milan is still oblivious to all the bad stuff happening out there but knowing he’ll someday get acquainted with it on some level or another, makes my heart break.

♥ 7 

GOOSEBUMP SERIES by R.L. Stein. Being a Horror fan as a young girl, this series was one of the best out there at the time. I’ve devoured these books and then devoured them some more, lol. And I really think every reader should at least try a scary read some time so this series is The way to go I think. The R.L. Stein books just had to have a spot on this list. Some favorites of mine were: Night of the Living Dummy – this one was so scary! I hate dolls actually hahaha take Chucky for example.. brr.. but damn this book was good! Made quite an impact. Then there was the Haunted Mask which I thought was pretty epic as well! Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes – I never ever had fond feelings for gnomes again after reading this book hahahaha.

♥ 8 

BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell and THE BLACK STALLION by Walter Farley. These classics should be in everyone’s collection I think if you’re fond of horses. I have been fond of horses ever since I can remember and Black Beauty is still one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. the Black Stallion has been my first ever English read back when I was younger. I loved this story so much and the sequels as well!

♥ 9 

THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende. I first got acquainted with the story through the tv adaption. Afterwards, I read the book and boy did I love it! This is one of those magical stories that’ll always have a place in my heart. I was completely enthralled by it. I don’t have a printed copy anymore so I’m definitely planning on buying a new one and re-read it again.

♥ 10 

And I’ll end my list with HARRY POTTER. This series starts off being written as middle-grade books but it grows so much throughout the entire series. When reading this, you really mature right alongside the characters in the books as well – at least, that was my experience back then when I first read the series. I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione being a middle-grader myself and ended up a Young Adult around the time the fifth/sixth and seventh book came out so I really got to mature with this series, just like the characters did as well. The story contains a loreal-life life struggle between the lines which will be recognizable for young people even though it’s woven throughout a fantasy/magic world. But that’s the beauty of it all… It contains some realistic stuff which makes situations and characters recognizable and at the same time you can let your mind wander free into this magical world J.K. Rowling created for us. No matter how old you are; what’s not to love about magic and dragons and adventure? Exactly! This is a perfect series for young readers and it’s one that’ll remain a favorite throughout the rest of your adult life as well.. So I think this is the perfect series to end this top ten list with! And to make it even more special, you could start reading the Illustrated editions of course. Although it still is a while until the whole series is published in Illustrated edition but it will be so worth the wait, the Illustrations are stunning and provide something ‘extra’ to an already amazing reading experience.

So that was my first Top Ten Tuesday and I had so much fun writing this one. Reliving old memories of my childhood reading experiences; love it! Can’t wait to re-read some of them soon.

What book or books would you DEFINITELY put on this list?


  1. I totally agree with you on Roald Dahl. His books will never stop appealing to kids, I don’t think.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  2. Het dagboek van Anne Frank moet inderdaad gelezen worden door iedereen!

  3. The Diary of Anne Frank, Winnie the Poo, the Roald Dahl books, and Harry Potter are all on my list too! Thanks for the fun list! ~Monica @TheReadathon

  4. Oh, een heel deel van jouw boeken zouden ook op mijn lijstje staan. Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Pipi Langkous, Jip en Janneke, sommige boeken van Marc de Bel, het Achterhuis, …

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