100 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS

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

zzyman)

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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