Booktrust’s 100 Best Children’s Books – Is Your Favourite On the List?

Booktrust unveiled their choices for the top 100 books for kids from pre-school age to 14 for Children’s Book Week (October 7-11). They’d like you to have your say about their list. You can download the poster with the whole list here (sample shown below).

Part of Bookstart Poster for the Ultimate 100

Part of Bookstart Poster for the Ultimate 100

Booktrust is an independent reading and writing charity based in the United Kingdom. Many of you will know their Bookstart programme which gives free packs of books for babies and toddlers. They are supported by government, book publishers and the public and donate millions of books every year. They work to inspire a love of reading and writing in everyone.

In compiling their list of 100 books, they have drawn on over 90 years’ experience in choosing books for children, as well as sales figures and recommendations from previous years. The list comprises both traditional classics and modern greats and Booktrust feels all the choices will fire children’s imaginations and inspire a life-long love of reading.

They hope that their choices will encourage everyone to join in the debate. Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts at Booktrust, said: “We know there will be some debate around the list, and we welcome it! Has your favorite childhood read been left out? Would your child whole-heartedly agree with us, or be dismayed by an oversight? We’ve tried to include stories for everyone – whether it’s an old picture book, a classic adventure story, or a modern tale tackling contemporary issues – the emphasis for us is on wonderful, wacky, and world-changing narratives.”

So get involved by voting online for your favourite at: www.booktrust.org.uk/cbw before Friday November 15, 2013. The results from the poll will be announced on the 25th of November.

Herewith, Booktrust’s 100 Books to Read Before You’re 14 List in its entirety:

Title Author Age range
The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss 0 – 5 years
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak 0 – 5 years
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr 0 – 5 years
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle 0 – 5 years
The Elephant and the Bad Baby Elfrida Vipont 0 – 5 years
Meg and Mog Helen Nicholl 0 – 5 years
Dogger Shirley Hughes 0 – 5 years
Each Peach Pear Plum Allan Ahlberg 0 – 5 years
Would You Rather? John Burningham 0 – 5 years
The Snowman Raymond Briggs 0 – 5 years
Not Now, Bernard David McKee 0 – 5 years
Where’s Spot? Eric Hill 0 – 5 years
Dear Zoo Rod Campbell 0 – 5 years
Gorilla Anthony Browne 0 – 5 years
Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy Lynley Dodd 0 – 5 years
The Jolly Postman Allan Ahlberg 0 – 5 years
Princess Smartypants Babette Cole 0 – 5 years
I Want My Potty Tony Ross 0 – 5 years
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen 0 – 5 years
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Lauren Child 0 – 5 years
Room on a Broom Julia Donaldson 0 – 5 years
Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers 0 – 5 years
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears Emily Gravett 0 – 5 years
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Mem Fox 0 – 5 years
I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen 0 – 5 years
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 5 – 7 years
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne 6 – 8 years
The Story of Babar Jean de Brunhoff 6 – 8 years
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder 6 – 8 years
The Enchanted Wood Enid Blyton 6 – 8 years
Five on a Treasure Island Enid Blyton 6 – 8 years
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson 6 – 8 years
My Naughty Little Sister Dorothy Edwards 6 – 8 years
Charlotte’s Web EB White 6 – 8 years
A Bear Called Paddington Michael Bond 6 – 8 years
Asterix the Gaul Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo 6 – 8 years
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown 6 – 8 years
The Worst Witch Jill Murphy 6 – 8 years
Mister Magnolia Quentin Blake 6 – 8 years
The Queen’s Nose Dick King-Smith 6 – 8 years
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka 6 – 8 years
Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman 6 – 8 years
The Adventures of Milly Molly Mandy Joyce Lankester Brisley 6 – 8 years
Horrid Henry Francesca Simon 6 – 8 years
The Sheep-Pig Dick King Smith 6 – 8 years
Clarice Bean, That’s Me Lauren Child 6 – 8 years
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown Cressida Cowell 6 – 8 years
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney 6 – 8 years
The BFG Roald Dahl 6- 8 years
The Arrival Shaun Tan 6- 8 years
The Adventures of Tin Tin Herge 9 – 12 years
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome 9 – 12 years
Ballet Shoes Noel Streatfield 9 – 12 years
The Hobbit J R R Tolkien 9 – 12 years
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 9 – 12 years
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe C. S. Lewis 9 – 12 years
The Borrowers Mary Norton 9 – 12 years
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aitken 9 – 12 years
Stig of the Dump Clive King 9 – 12 years
Carrie’s War Nina Bawden 9 – 12 years
Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian 9 – 12 years
The Witches Roald Dahl 9 – 12 years
Matilda Roald Dahl 9 – 12 years
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes Terry Pratchett 9 – 12 years
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson 9 – 12 years
Flour Babies Anne Fine 9 – 12 years
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling 9 – 12 years
Skellig David Almond 9 – 12 years
Holes Louis Sachar 9 – 12 years
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer 9 – 12 years
Journey to River Sea Eva Ibbotson 9 – 12 years
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo 9 – 12 years
Millions Frank Cottrell Boyce 9 – 12 years
Once Morris Gleitzman 9 – 12 years
A Monster Calls Patrick Ness 9 – 12 years
I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith 12 – 14 years
The Fellowship of the Ring J R R Tolkien 12 – 14 years
The Owl Service Alan Garner 12 – 14 years
Watership Down Richard Adams 12 – 14 years
Forever Judy Blume 12 – 14 years
The Ruby in the Smoke Philip Pullman 12 – 14 years
Northern Lights Philip Pullman 12 – 14 years
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Louise Rennison 12 – 14 years
Witch Child Celia Rees 12 – 14 years
Coram Boy Jamila Gavin 12 – 14 years
Kite Rider Geraldine McCaughrean 12 – 14 years
Mortal Engines Philip Reeve 12 – 14 years
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 12 – 14 years
Looking for JJ Anne Cassidy 12 – 14 years
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz 12 – 14 years
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne 12 – 14 years
Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman 12 – 14 years
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman 12 – 14 years
The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness 12 – 14 years
Revolver Marcus Segdwick 12 – 14 years
Life: An Exploded Diagram Mal Peet 12 – 14 years
Maggot Moon Sally Gardner 12 – 14 years
Junk Melvin Burgess 12 – 14 years. At top end of age band
How I Live Now Meg Rosoff 12 – 14 years. At top end of age band
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 12 – 14 years. At top end of age band
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