Parents want their children to read Charles Dickens'' classic ''A Christmas Carol'' more than any other book during their lifetime.
A survey by the University of Worcester discovered one in five parents wanted their children to experience the Victorian Christmas tale more than any other fictional novel.
2000 adults were asked to reveal which books they considered to be must-reads for the next generation. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling was a close second, followed by The Lord of The Rings triology by JRR Tolkien in third place.
Others in the list were Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll''s Alice in Wonderland and Animals Farm by George Orwell.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, which is set to appear in cinemas as a hollywood blockbuster later this year, sits at ninth in the list, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the tenth must-read.
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.
伍斯特大学信息学习服务的主任Anne Hannaford 说：“看到将那些最流行的书传递给下一代这种感觉很有趣，还传递着强烈的道德信息。”
"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."
From the poll, it was also revealed ''Alice in Wonderland'' is today''s most-read book, with 41 percent of adults having read it.
The survey also revealed that one in five 18 - 24 year olds would pretend to have read a book to impress someone and that 35 - 44 year olds are the most avid library visitors - nearly half of the age group say they visit the library.
54 percent of adults said they missed reading, with 30 percent admitting they have not read a book in ages. Anne said: "Time is so precious nowadays that many people don''t have the luxury to read as much as they used to, therefore making the right decision on what to read is more important than ever.
The University of Worcester''s top-ten of must-read titles:
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