The study, undertaken by the University of Worcester, found that one in five parents wanted their children to read A Christmas Carol, followed by the Harry Potter series, and The Lord of the Rings.
The survey results were released for the opening of The Hive, the first joint University and public library project in Europe.
Speaking of the findings, Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, said: "It is interesting to see that most of the popular books to pass down the generations have strong moral messages entwined in them.
"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."
"It is great to see that parents want to share their love of reading and their favourite books with their children and we see this every day at The Hive with parents reading with their children in the library," she added.
The books are:
1. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
2. The Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
3. The Lord of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
5. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
6. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
7. Animal Farm, George Orwell
8. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
9. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Do you agree with the list?
Which books are you keen for your children to read and do you try to influence their literary choices?
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