Bedtime stories can be great for children. They are a way to connect with your kids without having to actually talk to them or make eye contact. You can use books to expand their imagination or fill their heads up with whatever philosophies you have on life. It all matters on your preference and how destructive you want to be in their development.

Here are some books that I would recommend, and as a young man in his early twenties, I am deeply qualified to give this advice:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This story can take your child to an incredibly vibrant fantasy world, expanding their creativity in the process. Also, with J.K. Rowling becoming more politically vocal, make sure to read this to your child before she claims that her books are actually a treatise on economics.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

With the structural shift in the economy eliminating many middle-class jobs, hope for a young person’s future is dwindling. As described by Tyler Cowen in Average is Overour world is now entering a hyper-meritocracy.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, a book normally given to kids on graduation day, should instead be read to them at an even younger age. Young enough that they can still be given confidence before it’s beaten out of them as they face an intensely competitive future.

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

Tell your child that it is their duty as a young citizen to distribute their toys and treats among the masses. If they are confused by what is being read, put them in a labor camp.

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

I’ve personally never read this collection. It’s over a million words and over 4,000 pages. Have your kid read it and get back to me. I want to know what the fuss is about.