Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Nieces to Read

November 14, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 9

When I married my husband, I married into a family of BOYS. Hubby is one of three sons in his immediate family and one of twelve grandchildren on his mom’s side – 10 of which are boys. There were already two grandchildren in my husband’s immediate family, thanks to his older brother, and they were…. you guessed it… boys! But then along came a GIRL!! Three others eventually followed, as well as a couple more boys, and now we have an even set of 4 nieces and 4 nephews on my husband’s side of the family.

The suggested theme for today, from The Broke & The Bookish, is books we want our future children (or nieces & nephews, godchildren, etc.) to read. Originally, I was going to do a post aimed at all 10 of my nieces & nephews (2 more boys on my side lol) but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to cull together a list just for my nieces. Particularly because of certain heroines I want them to meet, and a couple of heroes too … both fictional and real life.

So here goes:

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

Because I want them to learn that God, like Aslan, may not be safe but He’s GOOD. And I want them to have the imagination & the courage to always search closets for Narnia ♥

the Harry Potter series
by J.K. Rowling

Because I want them to see the difference that can be made by a girl who reads ♥

Anne of Green Gables series
by L.M. Montgomery

Because every girl (old and young) needs to know they belong. And because I want them to hold out for a hero like Gilbert Blythe ♥

The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes

Because I want them to learn to be kind to those who are different and to look for the story each person carries in his/her heart – before it’s too late ♥

Cinderella Stories Around the World
compiled by Carl Meister

Because I want them to see how Cinderella’s story reflects The Story. And because I want them to learn how to celebrate differences and embrace common ground ♥

novels by Jane Austen

Because I want them to see how to survive a broken heart with strength & dignity ♥

The Lady & The Lionheart
by Joanne Bischof

Because… Charlie ♥

And because I want them to know some real-life heroes and heroines too…

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
by Carole Boston Weatherford

Because slavery still exists and I want them to be brave enough to help end it ♥

The Hiding Place
by Corrie Ten Boom

 Because I want them to become the kind of girls who stand up for what’s right, no matter the cost ♥

the Bible

Because this (true) story – God’s Story – is the best story ♥

What about you? What are some books you’d love the girls in your life to read?

Carrie

9 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Nieces to Read”

  1. Rebecca Maney

    I loved every book by Laura Ingles Wilder when I was young. And of course of course I love Nancy Drew!

  2. MH

    Thank you for this list, Carrie. I have three daughters myself (I only have one brother so this girl-sibling fighting is a new territory for me) and we already have a few of these books on our bookshelf. Still trying to find the time to read The Lady and The Lionheart; it’s been forlornly sitting in my Kindle queue since I bought it months ago….

  3. Carolyn Astfalk

    Well, my oldest daughter loves Trixie Beldent thanks to you reminding me the series existed, Carrie! She’s also a “farmie,” as her brother dubbed her. ( A Farmer Boy (and my extension all Laura Ingalls Wilder) fan.)

    She’s already started on Narnia, but her brother and I can’t convince her to give Harry Potter a shot.

    I hope she’ll enjoy The Lunar Chronicles when she’s a little older. And teen books by Leslea Wahl.

  4. Michelle Connell

    Those are all good! I would also include Little Women, Christy, the Little House series, and maybe The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden as mentioned.

  5. Charlie

    Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, and The Hiding Place are all excellent choices! I read The Hiding Place recently and was blown away by Corrie’s level of faith.

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