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100 Best Children's Books (SUNDAY TIMES)


Based on over 20 years of reviewing children's books, The Sunday Times Editor Nicolette Jones reveals the list behind Britain's 100 Favourite Children's Books


You can read the full list on The Sunday Times website (please note, article behind subscription wall).


1. Winnie the Pooh (especially The House at Pooh Corner) A.A. Milne (illustrated by E H Shepard)


2.The Chronicles of Narnia (especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)  C.S. Lewis (illustrated by Pauline Baynes)


3.Harry Potter (especially Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)  J.K. Rowling


4.Where the Wild Things are  Maurice Sendak


5.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  Roald Dahl (illustrated by Quentin Blake)


6.The Wind in the Willows  Kenneth Grahame (illustrated by E H Shepard)


7.The Very Hungry Caterpillar  Eric Carle


8.A Bear Called Paddington  Michael Bond (illustrated by Peggy Fortnum)


9.The Gruffalo  Julia Donaldson (illustrated by Axel Scheffler)


10.The Hobbit  J.R.R. Tolkien


11.The Cat in the Hat  Dr Seuss


12.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  Lewis Carroll (illustrated by John Tenniel)


13.We're Going on a Bear Hunt  Michael Rosen (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury)


14.Little Women  Louisa May Alcott


15.Alfie and Annie Rose (especially Dogger)  Shirley Hughes


16.Pippi Longstocking  Astrid Lingren (illustrated by Lauren Child)


17.The Tiger Who Came to Tea  Judith Kerr


18.Finn Family Moomintroll   Tove Jansson


19.The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter (especially The Tale of Peter Rabbit)  Beatrix Potter


20.Journey to the River Sea  Eva Ibbotson


21.The Story of Tracy Beaker  Jacqueline Wilson (illustrated by Nick Sharratt)


22.Kensuke's Kingdom  Michael Morpurgo


23.Goodnight Mr Tom  Michelle Magorian


24.Rooftoppers  Katherine Rundell


25.A Monster Calls  Patrick Ness (illustrated by Jim Kay)


26.The Railway Children  E. Nesbitt


27.Millions  Frank Cottrell Boyce


28.The Snowman  Raymond Briggs


29.The Arrival  Shaun Tan


30.The Snow Queen  Hans Christian Andersen

31.Black Beauty  Anna Sewell


32.Famous Five (especially Five on a Treasure Island)  Enid Blyton


33.Just William (especially Just William)  Richmal Crompton


34.Holes  Louis Sachar


35.Stig of the Dump  Clive King


36.The Boy in the Dress  David Walliams (illustrated by Quentin Blake)


37.Charlie and Lola (especially I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato)  Lauren Child


38.The Jolly Postman  Allan and Janet Ahlberg


39.Horrid Henry (especially Horrid Henry Strikes it Rich)  Francesca Simon (illustrated by Tony Ross)


40.How to Train your Dragon  Cressida Cowell


41.The Wee Free Men  Terry Pratchett


42.Alex Rider (especially Stormbreaker)  Anthony Horowitz


43.Mortal Engines (especially Mortal Engines)  Philip Reeve


44.The Secret Garden  Francis Hodgson Burnett (illustrated by Inga Moore)


45.Just So Stories  Rudyard Kipling


46.This is Not my Hat  Jon Klassen


47.Fortunately, the Milk  Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Chris Riddell)


48.Charlotte's Web  E B White (illustrated by Garth Williams)


49.Diary of a Wimpy Kid  Jeff Kinney


50.Treasure Island  Robert Louis Stevenson


51.The Borrowers  Mary Norton


52.Gorilla  Anthony Browne


53.The Poems of Edward Lear (especially Owl and the Pussycat) Edward Lear


54.Pig-Heart Boy  Malorie Blackman


55.Orlando the Marmalade Cat  Kathleen Hale


56.The Silver Sword  Ian Serraillier


57.Elmer (especially Elmer the Patchwork Elephant ) David McKee


58.Anne of Green Gables  L.M. Montgomery


59.Guess How Much I Love You  Sam McBratney (illustrated by Anita Jeram)


60.The Little White Horse  Elizabeth Goodge


61.Tom's Midnight Garden  Philippa Pearce (illustrated by Susan Einzig)


62.The Phantom Tolbooth  Norton Juster (illustrated by Jules Feiffer)


63.Flour Babies  Anne Fine


64.Centrally Heated Knickers  Michael Rosen (illustrated by Harry Horse)


65.The Way Home  Oliver Jeffers


66.Peter Pan  J. M. Barrie


67.Asterix  Uderzo and Goscinny


68.The Family from One End Street  Eve Garnett


69.Mr Gum  Andy Stanton (illustrated by David Ta


70.Fairy Tales Berlie Doherty (illustrated by Jane Ray)


71.Wolves  Emily Gravett


72.The Worst Witch  Jill Murphy


73.The Blue Kangaroo (especially I Love You, Blue Kangaroo)  Emma Chichester Clark


74.The Velveteen Rabbit  Margery Williams (illustrated by William Nicholson)


75.Ballet Shoes  Noel Streatfeild


76.The London Eye Mystery  Siobhan Dowd


77.The Sheep-Pig  Dick King-Smith


78.Chrestomanci (especially The Lives of Christopher Chant)  Diana Wynne Jones


79.The Little Prince  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


80.Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats  T S Eliot (illustrated by Nicholas Bentley)


81.101 Dalmations  Dodie Smith


82.Emil and the Detectives  Erich Kästner


83.A Series of Unfortunate Events  Lemony Snicket


84.Handa's Surprise  Eileen Browne


85.The Wolves of Willoughby Chase  Joan Aiken


86.Babar  Jean de Brunhoff


87.Carrie's War  Nina Bawden


88.Captain Underpants  Dav Pilkey


89.Mary Poppins  P.L. Travers


90.The Tom Gates (especially The Brilliant World of Tom Gates)  Liz Pichon


91.The Casson family (especially Saffy's Angel)  Hilary McKay


92.The Percy Jackson (especially Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief)  Rick Riordan


93.Thomas the Tank Engine  Rev W Awdry (illustrated by Peter Sam)


94.The Wizard of Earthsea  Ursula Le Guin


95.The Inkworld (especially Inkheart)  Cornelia Funke


96.War Boy  Michael Foreman


97.The Wizard of Oz  L Frank Baum


98.Goosebumps  R L Stine


99.Swallows and Amazons  Arthur Ransome


100.Tintin  Hergé (Georges Remi)



When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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