The love of reading has to start with loving the stories you are read when you are very young. So let's start there! It has been said you can read anything to a baby or very young child and it does not matter what it is, well I say it does matter. I believe even the young can tell the difference between Peter Rabbit and a news article, if you don't believe me try it for yourself. While we are on the subject of Peter Rabbit by Beatrice Potter, that is a great start to childhood classics, it has adventure, intrigue, and some serious life lessons all rolled up into one great story.
Then there is Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne, he's not just a bunch of fluff and stuff, he actually is a good example of lasting friendship and imagination. Pooh have been friends with Rabbit, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo for years and years. They have gone on many imaginary adventures together and I believe this can help inspire young minds to use their imaginations as well.
As our little ones grow up of course they will want more grown up stories. There are many really good books for young readers to read or to be read to. I think no childhood should pass without reading the Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This is a great story and a great example for young people and might help young ones discover they can do a lot more to fend for themselves than they thought they could.
I know this is more than 10 if you separate the series but I don't. Going from one book to another in a series is just continuing the story so I still think of them as one. Books with great adventures and examples of responsibility and courage are:
• Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling
• Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
• The Magyk series by Angie Sage
• The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
• The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
These maybe a for girls only read but Ann of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott are great stories that shouldn't be missed.
You may have thought I was going to list some of the greats like Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, Oliver or Uncle Remus. They are all great and still classics of course but the language used in them is quite different and to some young people very difficult to understand these new classics are not to replace the old ones merely to add onto the list of great stories.
It is my hope that someday my books will be added onto the list of great stories!