Comments for en-gb 30 Mon 22 Dec 2014 08:49:34 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at lordakiel Its interesting to note that harry potter top the poll, book aimed at teenagers while many people are recommending books that many teenagers would not be able to cope with yet. yes harry potter should be passed on with the other established 'classic' authors, such as dahl, dickens etc... but do not forget some modern authors will also create classics for the generations to come Fri 05 Mar 2010 06:26:26 GMT+1 Patrick Reading is so important in our daily lives. It is one of precious few things which separate us from other animals. I would recommend to younger folks to read 1984 to remind them that in our world of constant connectedness and blurred lines of privacy, that there should be some refuge for private thought, reflection, and action. Facebook and Twitter need not dictate every waking moment of our lives for all to see, and large corporations who house our data can so easily be compromised. Reading 1984 will give a grim reminder of what no personal privacy can bring, and also help provide some of that "private time" away from the computer. Fri 05 Mar 2010 06:19:01 GMT+1 lordBanners Now more than ever, An Accurate Translation of Holy Canon of Scriptures. Why? Because this Western World which claims the Moral High Ground, is Morally bankrupt at every stage from Promiscuity to War for Profit. And Scriptures give intimate detail of what depths Humans will sink to when left to their own devices.Knowledge only a Creator could possess considering When it was written.Most of above criticisms derive from lack of knowledge that this Human Journey is a mere blip in our Spiritual Existence. Grab all you can, however you can because this life is IT. Wrong again. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:55:44 GMT+1 Raymond Hopkins For BBC Host number 48I learned to read at an early age, and it's proved to be a drug that I cannot (will not) give up. I even learned Swedish so as to give access to a range of literature that wouldn't otherwise be available. That wasn't the only reason, of course, but it was a powerful motivation, as some things do not translate very well. Reading in school - The Little Red Hen is one I remember when being a Mixed Infant, but the exigencies of wartime meant a paucity of books in schools, and I wasn't old enough to have library membership as a result of the stringent regulations of the time. It didn't really matter, as I had a thirteen volume set of a Children's Cyclopaedia, which was later passed on in a well used and slightly tattered state to a nephew. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:52:04 GMT+1 Tom_in_Exeter I wouldn't be so presumptuous as to inflict my taste on my children. It is perfectly natural for one to regard one's preferences as ideal, forgetting that everyone else feels the same! We can't all be right, so it's best to let each generation find its own way. There will be misgivings and lots of tut-tutting, but that doesn't matter so long as you keep quiet about it. Every now and then, you'll be asked for your opinion. Give it honestly, but briefly. You will usually find that it is ignored and then, 10 years on, your wonderful offspring will announce with triumph that they have discovered such-and-such an author - the one you recommended a decade before. Such is life! Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:48:17 GMT+1 Alan Ward JK Rowling's Harry Potter series has given the gift of reading for pleasure, to million of children. Mine, included. I can only speak for my children. They were not real readers of books before their first Harry Potter book ten years ago. But they read that and have not stopped reading books of any type since then. I am eternally grateful to JKR for giving the impetus to my children to read. Not because they have to read, but because they want to read. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:44:35 GMT+1 Icebloo Harry Potter is not my favourite book but I think I would prefer to pass that onto my children instead of The Bible. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:36:31 GMT+1 Raymond Hopkins Blow it. Can't decide. Let's have the lot. That way, there's bound to be something for everyone, whatever their tastes or beliefs. Personally, I'll stick to my own favourites, which means anything with print on. As a child I used to read the words on each sheet of the toilet rolls. It wasn't a terribly interesting plot, but there was always the thought that the next sheet might, just might, contain something a bit different. You never know, and that's why it's important to preserve and pass down everything. The one we ban, or burn, could just be the one that proves to be essential. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:35:08 GMT+1 elder_citizen It takes more than few years for a book or books to prove their worth to civilization. Harry Potter may be an interesting character, but still lacks moral and character qualities suitable for distant generations. A book such as 'The Secret Garden', is a must-read for young people of all generations. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:04:37 GMT+1 Richard Personally as a little'un I greatly enjoyed the whole Mr Men series of books. Of course the only problem now is to narrow down my choice to just one of these literary masterpieces, I think I'll go for Mr Tickle - imparting wisdom essential for our future wellbeing. Fri 05 Mar 2010 05:03:14 GMT+1 ooooYea Books is good.World book Day is good.Harry Potter is good books. Fri 05 Mar 2010 04:45:01 GMT+1 Raymond Hopkins To answer the BBC Host, this family prefers to own the books we read, having about 5000 on the shelves, tables, chairs, scattered around the house as they are in constant use. However, we still use the local libraries, having membership of seven between us. A visit to the library usually results in the checking out of twenty or more books at a time, books which are read. As for where we buy books from, the obvious answer is 'anywhere that sells them'. One such place is a local second hand book shop. We used to wonder how the owner made a living, until we counted up the number of books we bought from him, from comics to classics, in at least three different languages. No, this is not book snobbery, whatever that may be. It's reflects rather the long, long winters we have here in Finland. The population is only small, but we do read a lot. Fri 05 Mar 2010 04:41:02 GMT+1 Peter Dewsnap This post has been Removed Fri 05 Mar 2010 04:23:14 GMT+1 Peter Dewsnap This is a good choice. However, I would recommend that all senior students be required to read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle". It shows what Capitalism is all about and caused a major uproar and changes in the system in the US. Fri 05 Mar 2010 04:14:30 GMT+1 dave Anything by sir Terry Pratchett not only a fantastic story teller but a really nice guy to boot Fri 05 Mar 2010 03:12:14 GMT+1 Craven55 No, I dont think it is the right choice at all. The Harry Potter books should be looked upon as a fantastic achievement in marketing, but not as a literary work worthy of defining a new generation. How about something actually original, written by someone who didnt have the good fortune to have a huge marketing machine behind what is essentially a lot of stolen and re hashed ideas wrapped up in some pretty dull story telling.I know a lot of people will disagree, but how many people will also be guilty of saying "I never really read books until Harry Potter", thus removing the all important perspective they need to make a genuine decision. Well,from someone who has all I can say is JK Rowling has done a pretty good job in nailing a niche market and making everyone think she is a literary genius. The books are simply not classics, nor childrens classics. They are just a script, lunchbox, computer game and toy range waiting to happen. Frankly, JK Rowling makes me sick.Douglas Clark, Terry Pratchett, Phillip K Dick, I could name drop a dozen more people who are more deserving of this accolade. Fri 05 Mar 2010 03:00:36 GMT+1 Daisy Chained As books of our time the Harry Potter series has few peers but their value does not merit generational inspiration, and they are not masterpieces of literature in the classical sense. I cannot be moved by Rowling in the way that I am moved by even a paragraph of the Bronte sisters, Austen, Twain, Dickens, Graham, Milne, or Tolkein for example.Books are personal, as many of the comments already make clear, and stories that can envelope us, involve us, inspire us, enrich us, make us use our individual imaginations are priceless possessions that are worthy of passage to our children. Whether our children find them as we did is not something we can predict with any certainty and that teaches us the special beauty of writing. My own favourite, for example, is The Wind in the Willows, simply because I read it whilst bed bound recovering from a serious illness as a young child.I think it is sad we should need a league table for everything in these times and I think all the writers of these books would agree with me. Fri 05 Mar 2010 02:37:38 GMT+1 Dave The Boot With kids today - it would be the cheque book!!!! Fri 05 Mar 2010 02:36:23 GMT+1 Tiahahnya The Harry Potter books may not seem a classic now but in what 50 years time they will be. Most people here assume that reading must be done on an educational basis, why? Reading for fun is equally important, it inspires our children to read more, encourages them to have an imagination. Maybe I am lucky in that my 11 year old son has just finished of the LOTR set, it inspired him so much that he now tries to write his own mini stories, yes write. So I say anything that encourages our little darlings to rad no matter what material it is should be embraced. As for what I would pass on, I have no idea there are just too many to choose from. For me the great satisfaction is watching my kids engrossed in books with looks of happiness or sadness and sometimes fear in their little faces. Fri 05 Mar 2010 02:34:13 GMT+1 th3_0r4cl3 1 carl sagans cosmos2 a brief history of time stephen hawkins3 charles darwins on the origin of species4 the god delusion professor richard dawkinsi would strongly avoid mythical stories as they get old very quickly, what was science fiction 40 yrs ago isnt so futuristic today. Fri 05 Mar 2010 02:28:50 GMT+1 Will Carl Sagan's "Cosmos". No questions. Fri 05 Mar 2010 02:09:53 GMT+1 Aziz Merchant I have read many an American and English authors during my school and college days. Some good some sloppy. Some too good and worth digesting, from good literature to absorbing detective stories. But I have decided to pass on to my only child a perennial source of solemn aura both poetic and bound in plain language. Yes, it is the Holy Qu'ran that expounds in solutions through good and bad times, a compendium of what is noble in spirit, a panacea for world perils and a harbinger of cosmos -peace and brotherhood in this tumultous times of suicide-bombers. Fri 05 Mar 2010 01:57:42 GMT+1 Jay As an American, I consider it a tossup between two books. One is "1984" by George Orwell, and the other is "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.I'll tell them that both were once works of fiction. Fri 05 Mar 2010 01:27:20 GMT+1 Melanie I will leave pass the Bible on to the next generation. Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:52:55 GMT+1 Skerryscraper The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe. My mother passed this to me and I will certainly pass it on to my daughter in a few years time. Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:48:07 GMT+1 SpacedOne I'd pass on The Hobbit. I read it when I was 8 (it had a dragon on the front in gold leaf... very impressive when you're 8) and it started my love of reading and a massive improvement in my educational achievements. My reading age went from below average to off the scale within a year because of what it sparked in me. There hasn't been a single day when I haven't been reading something since that day 24 years ago. Thank you Tolkien for opening my eyes. Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:30:13 GMT+1 Peter 'The Bible' and 'The Origin of Species' Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:27:08 GMT+1 krish govind Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. ~Francis BaconIf there is an epochal work in India form time in memorial it is Mahabaratha which needs to chewed and digested.The epic is an embodiment of core and central philosophy known in India as Dharma .All principles of right action, right conduct virtue, moral law etc. flow from the wonderful fountain of Dharma.The concept of Dharma is difficult, subtle and defies easy grasp becomes clear in the Mahabharata where the patriarch Bhishma is challenged often to offer an explanation. In reply to a question by Yudhisthira, Bhishma, after explaining the difficulties in the way of defining it, gave some rules by which Dharma may partly be known. Dharma, says Bhishma, was ordained for the advancement and growth of all creatures; therefore that which leads to advancement and growth is Dharma. Dharma was ordained for restricting creatures from injuring one another; therefore that which prevents injury to creatures is Dharma. Dharma is so called because it upholds all creatures; therefore that is Dharma which is capable of upholding all creatures.Mahabaratha is the Indian equivalent of Iliad, Odysseys and Bible rolled in to one. Bhagaved Gita Hindus most profound and holy text lies it its heart. India which is not particularly literate but culturally highly erudite thanks to many wandering illiterate minstrels who can recite hundred thousand slokas of the epic by memory! Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:27:02 GMT+1 will Why pass on Harry Potter when future generations can just watch the film? The greatest literary achievement of this generation isn't a book at all -- it's wikipedia. An author can speak for his own experiences, hopes, dreams and fears; hundreds of thousands of authors can speak for an entire generation. Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:23:02 GMT+1 Gary Roberts What a question! Well, "Canterbury Tales" would be a good beginning, or maybe "Beowulf".Like, do you want to hand down marble or play-dough? Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:16:12 GMT+1 Mitchell Inman Whenever someone mentions 1984, and says we're living it now, I wonder whether they've actually read it. Do you have a telescreen in your home and workplace that not only watches you, but yells out orders at you? Do your friends keep getting denounced and rushed off to be tortured? Do you attend hate sessions against the country's supposed enemies? BTW, the last thing they would ever have had in that world was HYS - or if they did, all the comments would be pro-government. Perhaps this is the book we should pass on, so that our children will actually read it and not just trot out the title as a cliche. Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:01:09 GMT+1 snigatkins The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton. Complete genius - it will prepare gen z for the anarchy onslaught which is bound to happen once oil runs out/global warming/nuclear war/no more resources or space etcetc Fri 05 Mar 2010 00:01:04 GMT+1 Anglobert Any Thomas Hardy book. Good English language and good English story. Thu 04 Mar 2010 23:59:05 GMT+1 Andrew Lye Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, still sits vividly in my mind. When I read it all those years ago, as I was from Wiltshire, I could imagine myself being there.What a book!Will J K Rowling's books still be read in 30 years? That will be interesting .......... Thu 04 Mar 2010 23:37:34 GMT+1 paul Well, as an American, I watch TV. Reading is too hard. BUT, I will pass on my collection of Season 1-5 of Survivor, and my cable TV subscription. Maybe a bag of Doritos. Thu 04 Mar 2010 23:26:14 GMT+1 Andrew Morton A book for the next generation. Well, the Bible for starters. To an extent, though, it depends on how young the next generation are when we pass the book along.For small children - Dr Seuss. Either "The Lorax" or "The Grinch" - brilliant examples of writings that entertain and carry meaningFor older children and all adults - Dickens "A Christmas Carol" - a magnificent example of a story well-told that illuminates what matters in being human.For adults and older children - the Iliad and the Odyssey. Masterpieces. Thu 04 Mar 2010 23:17:24 GMT+1 Admesay The rent book. Thu 04 Mar 2010 23:16:41 GMT+1 matt mackenzie whats with all the potter mania??? not a touch on The Lord Of The Rings, or The Hobbit , timeless classics Thu 04 Mar 2010 23:14:42 GMT+1 Jim Kerrigan "All successful books today are simply marketing successes, nothing to do with merit! And the public are, by & large, gullible & under-cultured."How arrogant can you be? Just because people don't like the books you like does not make them gullible and under cultured. My Mother was a teacher and she always said that her first duty was to get children reading and then worry what they were reading.Attitudes like the above are what stop people reading.My favourite? Lord of the Rings (even before the film came out!) Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:58:25 GMT+1 Peter 'The Bible...If for nothing else, to annoy the sanctimonious atheist lobby and their attempts to eradicate religion from all walks of life and from history. 'Actually, from a sanctimonious athiest perspective, I'd sooner pass on the collected works of Hans Christian Andersen. They're both full of fairy tales, but Andersen does them so much better... Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:42:29 GMT+1 thomas thompson It doesnt matter what books we pass on. All books are valuable, and peoples tastes will alter as they become older. What was interesting as a child and then a teenager becomes infantile as we become older. The important thing is to develop the reading habit. You are never alone with a book, whatever it may be. Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:40:39 GMT+1 james the guns of august - a book on how to avoid war. Well written, supposedly it influenced Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis. Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:40:04 GMT+1 EBAYTKMAX Three fantastic Irish books The Light in the Window by June Goulding Kathy's Story also known by the title Dont Ever Tell by Kathy O'Beirne & the God Squad, all true stories of struggles in life & how they surivied! Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:39:42 GMT+1 secularJen 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins. I've got a feeling they're going to need it. Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:36:16 GMT+1 andyb67 "6. At 12:53pm on 04 Mar 2010, Megan wrote:The panoramic pan-galactic effulgence of E.E. 'Doc' Smith's "Lensman" series?"Wow... I've loved reading these books when I was a boy, its great to see someone else remembers; you don't see much of them in the shops now. Of course LOTR, The Hobbit, anything by Ronald Dahl, Professor Branestawm, Winnie the Pooh, Alan Garner ... Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:24:37 GMT+1 BBThee Hello people.I would like to pass on Harry Potter.It is utter rubbish and I would happily pass on it.As we live in infantile times perhaps it is a statement of our world today.I do not know if it will stand the test of time. It is unlikely as it is so over-hyped. Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:10:07 GMT+1 The Crazy Fool Plutarchs Lives - a work all about some of ancient history's greatest heroes and villans. You can learn a lot about life and people from this. Wish I'd had it as a kid!Alternatively - Any Fighting Fantasy gamebook :-) Especially Deathtrap Dungeon which should be down as a classic! Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:05:33 GMT+1 Yvonne Hartlebury Whatever the books the passtime of reading should be encouraged and cherished as it may be in decline. Technology and quick fix pass times are all the rage.As for books Ive enjoyed John Wyndham The Chrysalids at school loved it, now Dan Brown and a good thriller, but any classic or modern book is all great. Love reading! Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:00:22 GMT+1 mark_2002 Harry Potter? Have you even read that drivel? Huge chunks of narrative are just Harry reading a newspaper! Worse yet, 1000s of lines at the end of each book go in to explaining the previous 30 chapters through the strained medium of 'long chats with Dumbledore'.I like the films (expertly cutting out the worst of JK's excesses) but find myself throwing the books across the room in frustration.I also suspect that a lot of children that say they read it actually didn't. Skim the first couple of chapters, realise it's rubbish, skip to the back and blag the rest to fit in at school.Now - how about a proper classic like Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis? Thu 04 Mar 2010 22:00:17 GMT+1 TBone the Away Day Marauder Three books 1) How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, 2) The Bible and 3) The Official History of Leeds United. Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:53:16 GMT+1 Appendix What is the point of this discussion? Gone are the days when things had to be "passed on" from generation to generation. All books are available to anyone and everyone decides for themselves what they want to read. The most popular (for whatever reason, be it cultural, educational, or leisure) will survive. The important thing is to get children reading in the first place. Later they can choose for themselves. Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:43:28 GMT+1 John I would choose "The Cosmic Trilogy" by C S Lewis, comprising "Out of the Silent Planet", "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength". Whilst his "... Chronicles of Narnia" is a great children's story, I believe that my choice contains better rounded stories to inform and influence both children and adults. These are science-fiction stories written between 1938 and 1945 and, whilst written in a peculiarly dated style, they still carry more important messages about humanity, tolerence and sheer joi-de-vivre than anything else that I have ever read. They are thrilling and uplifting at the same time. I was born in 1945 and first discovered these stories when I was about 10. They are not essentially childrens stories, but they affected me greatly and, I believe, for the better. As a so-called "baby-boomer", I love all types of music, I'm seriously PC literate, I love crime, sci-fi and mystery novels and I revel in all sorts of movies, old and new. And yet, I can refer back to these three great stories that informed some part of my early life to great advantage. I commend these stories to anyone who likes to read and learn. Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:42:54 GMT+1 Paul Stevens #229. At 8:47pm on 04 Mar 2010, David wrote:"I would pass all the books onto the next generation and let them decide. I would want to impose my view on them."Good answer David.This is why we need the recommend post feature back! Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:40:23 GMT+1 crash I would pass on George Orwell "1984" with CCTV watching every move people make and the TV telling them how to think,it could have been written yesterday. Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:34:27 GMT+1 Jennifer The gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.... Oh, and Harry Potter. Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:30:11 GMT+1 Wideboy The Beano Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:13:19 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 Is this the right choice? Of course, Harry Porter's series books are a good books that should be passed on to the next generation.And, also, other many to listen should be passed on to the next generation.(d) Thu 04 Mar 2010 21:09:55 GMT+1 supaJohnny I would put forward "The Quark and the Jaguar" by Murray Gell-Mann. This is one of the first of the genre of popularized 'difficult' science books. Many have followed, quite successfully, like Stephen Hawkins "A brief History of Time", which would be my second choice. But for me, Gell-Mann went deeper without compromising understanding with this book. Future readers will be able to clearly see how 20th century thinking started to become a real scientific paradigm, for example string theory into M-Theory (or Membrane Theory)in lightsupajohnny Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:58:38 GMT+1 terryman Whats wrong with having children sit down and read Harry Potter. They are reading it and filling their imaginations. I read a few of them. I enjoyed seeing the kids on my swim team I coached read it after practice or during swim meets, sure as hell better than them just sitting around and listening to an I-Pod the whole time. As for books I would leave, hard to say. Lord of the Flies, On the Road, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and 1984 come to mind. A good book should force the reader to think and question, but it should also drive ones imagination. Brave New World blew my mind when I read it as a teen. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:52:13 GMT+1 Possible liberal bias "Anything by David Mitchell should be treasured."Very much agree, Cloud Atlas is wonderful, I also would definately pass on Thomas Hardy. Finally On Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and 1984, although I have to admit I've gone of 1984 a bit recent years as a result of it constantly being bandied about as an example of the direction of the modern world and "liberal political correctness gone mad" rather than just a warning against authoritarianism in any guise, right or left. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:50:10 GMT+1 BearkatJen My parents read to me as a child, and I can't think of a time in my life when I haven't loved being read to or reading. As a librarian, I can say there is no shortage of great literature for every age and interest out there. As a mom, I think the book series I most look forward to sharing with my son is Harry Potter. As for what book I would most like passed on to the next generation - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:49:03 GMT+1 David I would pass all the books onto the next generation and let them decide. I would want to impose my view on them. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:47:27 GMT+1 saltfordman What books would you pass on The Journey by Bliarbut not to the next generation. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:34:16 GMT+1 Lionel A Smith The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins is my choice.This is a tough call considering all his other excellent titles and also those from other leading scientific thinkers. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:17:22 GMT+1 Justin150 #106: I agree I would not give the Thomas Covenant books to my 8 year old daughter to read but I would hope that when she is 12 or 13 she will be mature to read and enjoy. I did start the Gap series but it never really grabbed me so gave up.To be fair in the Thomas Covenant series the rape is early on and has some dire consequences both for the individuals and their friends and more generally - I do think it is necessary for the story and the story does ask some difficult philosophical questions, but I can see why you might be uncomfortable with some of the portrayal Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:14:55 GMT+1 bob THE BOOK I WOULD PASS ON TO THE NEXT GENERATION WOULD HAVE TO BE THE BIBLE BECAUSE MANS IDEAS AND WORDS ARE EMPTY AND SHALLOW UNLESS THEY ARE INSPIRED BY GOD. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:13:24 GMT+1 nickij2006 I'll pass all my Roald Dahl, Miichael Morpergo, Philip Pullman and Harry Potter books as they do encourage children to use their imagination! I would also pass on Ballet Shoes, (beautiful book proving popular with my class) A Necklace of Raindrops, Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland.As for adult books-Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Labrynth (Kate Mosse) and Dan Brown. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:12:53 GMT+1 HiltonT 120. At 3:19pm on 04 Mar 2010, MissFeenee wrote in response to my suggestion of "The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins:"Yes, an excellent example of fiction and the tangents one can go off on with an overactive imagination"Well MissFeenee, the world would be a far better place once rid of of these man-made philosophies based on the irrational beliefs in the supernatural; faith-based nonsense which are divisive and destructive mind-controlling fantasies by the god industry which provides celestial comfort-blankets and cosmic dummies for the insecure of our species.Another great book would be "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything", by Christopher Hitchens. Thu 04 Mar 2010 20:05:01 GMT+1 freekytash I love how some people say that kids these days dont read and you will have to put the book into txt so they can read it. I really hope you know that you are talking about the minority of kids. As a child and now (young adult) i read constantly and have a list of books i will pass on to the next generation or anyone who asks what books they should read. All books by John Marsden, Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, Lian Hearn books, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Power of Five by Antony Horowitz, Erica James. All of these books and more have left me with a lasting impression! Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:59:34 GMT+1 rapidviking Defintely pass on books to the next generation it is important they have the knowledge of the written word. My 3 choices would be:-1984 by George OrwellThe Drifters by James MichenerThe Environmental Handbook by Friends of the Earth published in 1971.Rapid Viking Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:59:13 GMT+1 gerhard seeger I think a World Book day is agood idea,not only Kids ,but Adults too do not read enough, As a Kid i did read a lot and still today read.many different kind of Books,Fiction,but mostly none fiction. I think what read in a book,sticks better in d mind than what see in movie or Videoon your tube i watch,but i prefer to read,can understand why so many say reading is boring,it ofcourse depents on what Book and the Writers writing Talent. Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:56:46 GMT+1 TheKingsNewClothes The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:54:20 GMT+1 androstempest 48. At 1:37pm on 04 Mar 2010, BBC_HaveYourSay Host wrote:Killer Boots Man says he didn't start reading until his teens and that the books he was given to read in school were very dated and a chore to read.Did you start reading late? What was your experience of reading in school? What do you think of the books children read at school nowadays?Not at all, my parents encouraged me to read before I went to school. comics and annuals mostly, I still treasure my 1976 Disney Annual. Yes the books we were given at school were a chore, because very often we don't have the discipline to read them. I attempted reading Fellowship of the Ring when I was 13, I actually read it when I was 37. I still have only read extracts of George Orwell's animal farm and 1984, despite my father having a second edition of his collected works from when HE was at school. ***To those dismissing Harry Potter as "not worth passing on", I ask you this. In a generation when many children think LATER is spelt L8R, I find it refreshing that any series of novels has captured the imagination of so many people. Even before the first film was made most of the books had already been best sellers. I would place them alongside the Narnia books as "classic" children's stories. Just because the films have dumbed down and shredded any meaning from them, does not make the original books worthless. Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:47:38 GMT+1 2squirrels I would pass on The Full Works of Shakespeare as the best illustration of good literature and use of the English language. Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:42:02 GMT+1 BLAZAR " Cosmos " Carl Sagan , " Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea " Jules Verne , and Tanakh / Greek-English New Testament books will be in my hands if I had to save from peril . Ray Bradbury " Farenheit 451 " and George Orwell " 1984 " are always a good read . Dumas Malone biography on Thomas Jefferson . The ability to pick one eludes me . Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:40:24 GMT+1 GeoffLiberty "The Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand. People of all ages should read this book. Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:33:11 GMT+1 Glenda Best "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist" by Robert Tressell for the future generations is a must, along with the great books by Charles Dickens. Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:19:19 GMT+1 Alex Worrall Harry Potter is an awesome series of books. It's a shame the films came out so quickly, we'll never know if it was the books alone which earned it its fame. Thu 04 Mar 2010 19:03:06 GMT+1 god help us This post has been Removed Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:57:48 GMT+1 Shammi Make books the best friend and you will have best of the best people of the world sharing their experiences with you. Making a better person of a child who will not repeate the mistakes of these great people but use their rich experience to make it big in life. Also the kid will never complain lifelong of having no friends. Self development books like Power of Positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale is a nice Positive book to take a start with. it would also bring th kid closer to Almighty God. A friend a kid can trust lifelong, a freind who will never betray come what may. Lets gift children the company of never dying friends and guide to live with. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:55:38 GMT+1 Syed A Mateen Karachi Pakistan World Book Day will remind the children that books other than the syllabus are equally important to read. Many children prefer to sit long hours on internet for chatting which increase the social circle but do not increase their knowledge. Parents should encourage their children to read quality books so that children should gain more knowledge. A book should be the best companion while children are alone. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:55:04 GMT+1 heatoreat In my schooldays, 50's to 60's, I had to wade my way through language that was 100 years old.Dickens, Elliot and the big "S". That might possibly have lead to the biggest reason to never look at another book.Fortunately one of the teachers introduced me to John Wyndham, H.G.Wells, Jules Verne and other authors who had written "exciting, stimulating imaginative and READABLE books"Books, like music, change with the times. I strongly feel that there is no place for Dickens or Shakespeare in a modern classroom. (If you end up reading and enjoying "Silas Marner" or other arbitrarily labeled "Classics", fantastic, go for it and why not include "Plato and Homer" ??) But to force kids to learn these is nonsense.I read so many authors writing today that deserve the same accolades, it is impossible to chose one, so i will not try.Obviously putting "Harry" on the same shelf as "Bond", and whoever suggested "Dan Brown" needs to look on the same shelf, not exactly literally genius. But enough to say that suggesting Shakespeare, Austin, Elliot or Dickens is enough to ensure any new readers to fire up the play-station. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:53:10 GMT+1 Steppe Nomad For me it would be Treasure Island. A classic that is not tedious and boring. I like the suggestion of Aesop's Fables as well. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:51:57 GMT+1 Ilias The Karamazov Brothers by Dostoevsky. The best novel ever written. Everything you need to learn about life you will find it in that book. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:47:38 GMT+1 Stephen Garside WHAT ABOUT THIS THEN?This is a very short passage from Johnny Digweed, set in 1969 and about a very scary little boy who just really wants to get home.After the smoke break, the two teachers made doubly sure they were going home with the same kids they came with and the correct amount, having done so the Holcombe Brook field trippers boarded the big red Van Hool and bade farewell to Chester Zoo. Mary replaced little Johnny at the front of the coach facing Stan Caldwell, which at first was a relief to Stan but then realised Mary was just as bad albeit in a different way. Indeed Stan had to admit he wouldn’t be sorry to see the back of this school party, especially that creepy little blond haired kid with the freaky blue eyes, no sirree.Bill Ellison grappled with the still hyper charged kids whilst Mary was just staring fixedly through the coach window.Mary was still trying to make some sense of what she had seen back at the Aquarium, but no matter which angle you looked at this from Mary had witnessed something that had scared her witless and as a primary school teacher she just wasn’t mentally prepared to deal with something that was straight out of a Dennis Wheatley novel. The burning question that was hammering through Mary’s head was who, or what, the hell was this little seven year old boy who seemed to have the ability to make living things move around at the wave of a hand. It just wasn’t natural, he wasn’t natural and Mary Jennifer Josephine Jones decided there and then she would get to the bottom of this if it was the last thing she ever did!! Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:46:55 GMT+1 Portman Quest of the DNA Cowboys by Mick Farren - obviously! Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:44:34 GMT+1 AGnomeCalledJimmy I think the majority of books that are popular today are in literary and life terms awful. They lack depth, literary device and generally anything you should expect in a quality book. The later volumes of the Harry Potter Series and Twilight are key examples of books that are frankly terrible but somehow achieve a cult status and their authors idolized. I wouldn't give my children any of these as a matter of course. I think it is fair to say writing like that of Tolkein will live forever, and I sincerely hope it does. Incredible story, amazing background and it does it all without a single sordid love afair. What a lesson. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:42:56 GMT+1 ANGRY OF MAYFAIR 1984....New Labour use it as a training manual. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:42:53 GMT+1 Robert Sinclair Shand Geologic Timescale Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:36:25 GMT+1 KZ So, having now read everyone else's posts, I see that firstly we all chose the same authors and quite a lot suggested books that are really old (as did I). This is of course because these are the books that fired our imaginations as children. I learned to enjoy reading solely because of "Five Fall into Adventure". I loved that book so much I wouldn't read any other books for ages in case they turned out to be a huge disappointment. I love children's books and try out new authors, just to see. Brian Jacques' (Redwall) books stand out for sheer visual language; Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider - action, Diamond Brothers - hilarious pokes at classic movies); and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), for fun and originality. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:35:37 GMT+1 Isimplydontbelieveit The War of the Worlds" - Wells got me reading and I never stopped again. What a FANTASTIC opening page! Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:34:46 GMT+1 Alba Al I would pass on two books. 1984 which explains the world we have all sleep walked into. The other is Das Boot which shows the pointlessness of war. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:25:48 GMT+1 angry_of_garston 'The God delusion' by Richard Dawkins might help future generations break free from ancient superstitions. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:15:09 GMT+1 MrsEllacott Like Killer Boots Man, I never enjoyed reading in my teens. When curiosity got the better of me, I gave in and read Harry Potter and fell in love with the series. For me, it was a real page turner, full of twists and something I enjoyed debating about with my friends. I am shocked at those saying it shouldn't be passed on, have you even read the series? If not, don't comment until you read it!More books I would add, is anything by Dan Brown. Fantastic novels! Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:15:07 GMT+1 Richard Buckingham Blair's memoir, as the greatest work of fiction in history. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:13:26 GMT+1 Custador "176. At 5:18pm on 04 Mar 2010, clovisguy wrote:The Bible. It is still relevant, despite what folk say in this day and age"Advice on when one should stone women to death, offer up one's daugthers to be raped by mobs, beat one's slaves with sticks and the precise recipes to use when preparing bread for offerings on different days of the week is "still relevant"? I *have* read the Bible - and it's pretty obvious that *you* haven't! "Relevant" is the last word I would use to describe *any* "holy" book. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:11:48 GMT+1 Takingabreakfromwork I've bought them the classics of Dahl and Lewis and when they're old enough I will encourage my nieces to read Hardy, Defoe, Tolkein, Dickens, Stevenson and authors of that ilk. If they ever read any of Dan Brown's garbage I will disown them! Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:07:55 GMT+1 MrsEllacott I am lucky that I will be able to pass Harry Potter on to my daughter in the next couple of years. She already loves the movies and is really looking forward to reading the books!I would also pass on "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Animal Farm", "Little Women" and "1984". Four brilliantly written books! Absolute classics! Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:07:43 GMT+1 KZ For children? I would still give them Famous Five and Chalet School books. More recent authors I would consider are Brian Jacques' Redwall series, especially the earlier ones - they are full of poetry as well as action and sometimes gore; Also Eoin Colfer with Artemis Fowl. Adult wise? Terry Pratchett is amazing and I suspect the issues are timeless. I would also pass Agatha Christie books on. They're pretty excellent reads. Otherwise I guess the usual classics should be passed on. Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:04:21 GMT+1 Paul Stevens On a slightly separate note I don't read an awful lot nowadays and I read mostly factual due to my learning disability getting worse. I'd certainly encourage others to read more, learning is the key to success as the saying goes (or something like that). Thu 04 Mar 2010 18:03:42 GMT+1