Books to pass on

Researchers at England's University of Worcester have found that parents would want their children to read Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol more than any other work of fiction.

Two thousand adults were asked to name which books they believed to be must-read titles for the younger generation, the Telegraph reported.

christmas_carol-125.jpgA Christmas Carol was voted the most important book, followed by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, with The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien placing third.

Also placing in the Top 10 were Jane Austen's much beloved Pride and Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee was the only book written by an American to be a top selection.

"It is interesting to see that most of the popular books to pass down the generations have strong moral messages entwined in them," Anne Hannaford, director of information and learning services at the University of Worcester, said.

"The books that feature in the top 10 all provide thought-provoking content and characters, so it is clear that parents value these books for providing challenging thoughts which can last a lifetime."

We've listed the University of Worcester's top 10 in the poll below. Let us know which of these books you feel would be most important for children to read. And leave any suggestions for more must-read books in the comments section below!