Saturday, February 23, 2008

Top 50 Children's Books

A UK charity called Booktrust recently surveyed 4000 people to ascertain what the top 50 kids books were. Here are the results (with kudos to Daily Mail)

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

My favourite kids books were the Magic Faraway Tree books and the Wishing Chair books by Enid Blyton. When I was young reading was all about escape for me, and what better way to escape than to be able to go to different lands on adventures.

When I was a little older it was Trixie Belden books - but that is because I had a thing for Jim!

Are your favourite kids books on the list?

BTW, I have already posted this video once this month, but seeing as it is number 45 on the could I resist??

ETA - The Flat Stanley video has been removed from Youtube, so instead I bring you I'm Not Going Out There!


  1. My sister and I loved the Magic Faraway Tree! I couldn't even tell you how many times I read that as a young girl. I read other Blytons adn liked them, but the Faraway Tree was the best.

  2. I started reading them with my son not too long ago, but he didn't seem to appreciate their particular brand of magic - he's growing up in a much different generation than I did though!

  3. Hi Marg!
    I can't believe The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is not on that list! And Captain Underpants is? Oh my.

    Another favorite of mine is a more recently published book (2006 maybe?)... The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

    Also, the trilogy consisting of The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger by Lois Lowry. Read in that order.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog recently! :)

  4. I loved Enid Blyton books when I was growing up! One of the ladies on our mission compound would read to a group of us kids the Magic Faraway Tree books. Great memories!