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A Sainsbury’s survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16 (MARCH 2015)


1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

 2. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

 3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

 4. Winnie The Pooh – AA 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 – JRR Tolken

 23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK 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 – LM 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 – CS Lewis

 45. Northern Lights – 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 – HA Ray

 50. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg



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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