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And yet another list... this time the result of a survey (with 4000 respondents) conducted by Book Trust.

 

Full article from The Mail

 

Top 50 Best Children's Books

 

 

1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

3. Famous Five, Enid Blyton

4. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

5. The BFG, Roald Dahl

6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

7. The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

8. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

9. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

10. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson

11. The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter

12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

13. Matilda, Roald Dahl

14. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

15. The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss

16. The Twits, Roald Dahl

17. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves

18. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

19. The Malory Towers series, Enid Blyton

20. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

21. The Railway Children, E. Nesbit

22. Hans Christian Fairy Tales, H.C. Andersen

23, The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

24. The Witches, Roald Dahl

25. Stig of the Dump, Clive King

26. The Wishing Chair, Enid Blyton

27. Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell

28. The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr

29. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jan Brett

30. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

31. A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond

32. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

33. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

34. Aesop's Fables, Jerry Pinkney

35. The Borrowers, Mary Norton

36. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling

37. Meg and Mog, Jan Pienkowski

38. Mrs Pepperpot, Alf Proysen

39. We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen

40. The Gruffalo's Child, Julia Donaldson

41. Room on a Broom, Julia Donaldson

42. The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy

43. Miffy, Dick Bruna

44. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

45. Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown

46. The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson

47. Ten Little Ladybirds, Melanie Gerth

48. Six Dinners Sid, Inga Moore

49. The St. Clare's series, Enid Blyton

50. Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

 

Once again, some very random appearances on there!

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I reckon I've read 14 of those, including Six Dinners Sid, a book I was thinking about only yesterday when someone was telling me that their cat refuses to eat anything she puts down for it!

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I've read 35 of the books on the list! Lots of them I've discovered through babysitting but I'd read all the Roald Dahl books & most of the classics growing up, or had them read to me... I'm quite impressed with my score, but maybe I should be more embarrassed at having read so much Enid Blyton!

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All favourites in this house -

 

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

9. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

10. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson

14. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

17. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves

20. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

33. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

40. The Gruffalo's Child, Julia Donaldson

41. Room on a Broom, Julia Donaldson

46. The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson

 

I do wonder about the Mr Men books though - they are very difficult to read aloud, I hate reading them to the boys. The syntax just doesn't flow at all well.

 

Julia Donaldson is a big favourite though - brilliant to read aloud and my favourite has to be Charlie Cook's Favourite Book. Other family faves not mentioned are the illustrated The Spider and the Fly, and Bear Snores On - both excellent for reading aloud.

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I've read 46, most of them as a child, some of them professionally, and many of the picture books are storytime favourites. I'm proud that of the 4 I haven't read, Captain Underpants are one, but am ashamed that I'm unfamiliar with this edition of Aesop's Fables and that Christmas Carol is one that I've haven't read in it's full, unabridged Dicken's glory.

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Julia Donaldson is a big favourite though - brilliant to read aloud

 

ditto Hazel, my 2 year old loves all of Julia Donaldson's books, and we reently discovered the CD of songs in our local library :D

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I do wonder about the Mr Men books though - they are very difficult to read aloud, I hate reading them to the boys. The syntax just doesn't flow at all well.

 

How strange - these were probably my favourite books for reading aloud to my children. All I had to do was picture myself as Arthur Lowe (setting myself up here, I know), and the story just flowed. Thinking back, it was quite important to pause in the right places, something which is not obvious in the text, but comes from hearing the way Arthur read the stories for TV.

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It's something in the clumsy repetitions and torturous clauses. I find it very difficult to read comfortably - hubby is the same. I always try to persuade the boys to pick another book - bad mummy.

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It's something in the clumsy repetitions and torturous clauses. I find it very difficult to read comfortably - hubby is the same. I always try to persuade the boys to pick another book - bad mummy.

 

Its funny. I never had that problem with Mr Men books, but I did have it with Postman Pat books.

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Wot no Billy Bunter, Worzel Gummidge, Swallows and Amazons or Just William? speechless-smiley-011.gif

 

They probably got a bunch of 4,000 kids to vote. I mean - what would they know?

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31

 

Consider yourself beaten, frenchkid09.

 

And if this is now a challenge, I refer you back to gg106 post number 5:

I have read 45 of them, either as a child myself or outloud to my own children. And those are the ones I remember reading! Loved them all.

and my post number 6:

I've read 46, most of them as a child, some of them professionally, and many of the picture books are storytime favourites.

I think that may be what they call a landslide victory! :D

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I can now up my score to 42, thanks to hours of babysitting & discovering some new books, like The Snail & The Whale! If simplified retellings count, then it's more like 44/45!

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I've only read 5 that I can recall.  I read the whole Narnia series when I was about 10.  We had to read the Little Prince in French class.  I picked up Alice in Wonderland as an adult but never finished it.  I just bought an old copy of the Just So Stories by Kipling.  It was pretty hard to find.  I remember my mother reading me all of those stories when I was younger.  Personal favorite of the bunch is the Cat that Walked by Himself.

 

I remember reading the Little Bear books too although I didn't see them on this list.  Hoping I can find those again too.  I'd like to read more of the books on that list.

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