Raising the New Geek Generation

A co-worker drew my attention to this list a few weeks ago: 67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10. I happen to be child free at present and I’m a bit frightened that if I do have kids they will probably turn out to be the types who shove geeks into lockers rather than the ones being shoved in. (Does this ever actually happen in real life? Or is it just a lie that Hollywood has been feeding us for years?)

It’s an interesting list and definitely a list of books that every child/preteen should read, geek or not. Some of the titles like Junie B. Jones, Charlotte’s Web, and Anne of Green Gables could be read to your children without fear of them turning into geeks when they get older. There’s a nice age range of books offered too, everything from Where the Wild Things Are to Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Some of the books I’m not sure a ten year old could fully appreciate. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone just makes the cut I suppose, but books like Ender’s Game, Lord of the Rings, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy seem like they could be better appreciated by someone just a few years older. Not that I think any of the books on here are blatantly inappropriate but 10 seems to be such an arbitrary age.

I would love to hear any thoughts from parents out there.

Not sure if you’re a geek? Here’s a helpful Venn Diagram to find out.

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