There was a time when heroes and adventures and dragons could only be found in books. Now that they’re on movie screens and in computer games, every geek parent has to take on the increasingly difficult task of introducing the love of literature to kids. When you’re faced with hundreds of choices and even more competition for their attention, you have to make sure that the books they read will catch–and keep–their attention.
If you want to introduce your child to geekdom early on, check out this two-parter list. The books included are ideal for children ages 8-12 and the list is arranged from ‘Hey, this is pretty easy!’ to ‘Oh god, you recommended Ender’s Game to pre-teens?!’. Check out part 1 now and part 2 this Friday, May 3.
10 Geeky Children’s Books To Read To Your Kids
We all know that nothing is sacred in Hollywood, so don’t be surprised that The Lorax is on the list of CGI movies that failed to live up to the original book. Though it’s perfectly reasonable to let your kids watch it because hey, animation rocks, it would be best to sit down with them and read the Dr. Seuss book out loud. This cautionary tale was made decades before the general population knew about global warming. Let your kids get to know the Lorax, who speaks for the trees. You can’t go wrong with the wonderful word-play and illustrations typically found in Dr. Seuss books.
Coraline is a book I will never get tired of recommending to people of any age. Neil Gaiman consistently publishes quality work and Coraline is a wonderful balance of creepy and fanciful. This is a tale of a girl who discovers a door in her home that leads to an Other world with an Other mother and father that looks exactly like hers, except with big, black button eyes.
There’s a reason why J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is the most popular fiction series in all of history. It’s very accessible so it’s highly likely that if you don’t read it to them, they’ll probably end up reading it for themselves. It’ll be a great way to bond over the wonder of the stories if you read it with them though, so revisit Hogwarts with your children and rediscover the magic.
Chronologically, this is the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia series (The Magician’s Nephew comes first) but come on, everyone reads The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first anyway! With relatable characters that your children will come to love, fantastical worlds and creatures, and epic battles, they’ll want to read these stories over and over again.
If you want your child to love language and wordplay, then you have to get The Phantom Tollbooth. If you haven’t read it for yourself, then do yourself a favor and read it first. It’s chock full of puns, metaphors, and all-around awesomeness. It’s still a favorite pick for more than 50 years so find out why!
Check out part 2 of this list on Friday, May 3!