Thursday 5 March 2015

The Top 50 Books for Children - World Book Day!

It's World Book Day today and in it's honor Sainsburys have created a list of the top 50 books for children....Books all children should read before their 16th birthday!!

The list is based on a survey of 2,000 parents carried out by Census Wide last month....

Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read according to the survey....I loved his books when I was younger and my girls still do now....

What a list!....It includes a lot of mine and my girls favourite books....

1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
2. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
4. Winnie The Pooh - A.A.Milne
5. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
6. James and The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
7. The BFG - Roald Dahl
8. A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond
9. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
12. Matilda - Roald Dahl
13. The Railway Children - E. Nesbit
14. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
15. Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton
16. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
18. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
19. Charlotte's Web - EB White
20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter

21. Watership Down - Richard Adams
22. The Hobbit - J.R.Tolken
23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
24. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ - Sue Townsend
26. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
27. The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
28. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson-Burnett
29. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
30. The Twits - Roald Dahl

31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne
33. Anne of Green Gables - L.M.Montgomery
34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr
35. Green Eggs and Ham - Dr Seuss
36. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
37. Bambi- Felix Selten
38. Tom's Midnight Garden - Phillipa Pearce
39. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

40. Funny Bones - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
41. Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
42. Carrie's War - Nina Bawden
43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
44. The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis
45. The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle - Hugh Lofting
47. The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
48. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
49. Curious George - H.A.Ray
50. Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg

I can honestly say there is only six of them which I haven't read myself or with my girls...Those are Five on a Treasure Island, Great Expectations, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Magician's Nephew, The Golden Compass and I've never even heard of the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.....

I can think of a couple which are missing....We're Going on a Bear Hunt.....One of my girls favourite books when they were little and Animal Farm by George Orwell....I remember reading that at school.

Do you think it's a good list? How many have you or your children read?


  1. This is a fantastic list, full of fabulous classics. I remember a lot of these from school x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  2. It is a great list. My kids have read most of them :-)

  3. A great list. My little boy is just 20 months but we have a few of the books in the list - I think everyone must have the hungry caterpillar - and love reading to him. He loves his books too, think he'll be a great reader one day. Books are wonderful aren't they! :)

  4. It is a good list though it makes me feel terribly old not knowing some of them! I still have my dog-eared copy of Black Beauty, couldn't bear to part with it! :)

  5. my daughter loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle, great list