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Which book would you pass on to your children?

The University of Worcester recently published a survey where they asked 2,000 adults to choose the one most important book to pass on to their children?  It’s a tough and incredible vague question?  Is this the only book they will ever be able to read? Or is this merely the book I think they will find the most enjoyable?  Also how old are they at the time I’m giving them the book?  I think I might choose a Roald Dahl book, either James and the Giant Peach or the Fantastic Mr. Fox which were both childhood favorites for me.

Except for the inclusion of the Harry Potter series, which I didn’t think would rate as highly against the myriad of nostalgia favorites, the list was fairly predictable being topped by A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which was chosen by 19% of respondents).  What book would you choose?

The top 10 books parents want their children to experience

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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