21 January 2008

100 books every child should read

The Telegraph have published a list of said books, together with an editorial by author Michael Morpurgo: "Children's books: 'If children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories.'"

The list (which includes a couple of sets, so there are actually more than 100 books) is divided into three sections, by age group, and there is a brief description of each.

Early Years:
The Twits, by Roald Dahl
Burglar Bill, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak *
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, by Beatrix Potter
Yertle the Turtle, by Dr Seuss *
Fungus the Bogeyman, by Raymond Briggs
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business, by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch
Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle *
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss *
Charlotte's Web, by E B White *
The Story of Babar, by Jean de Brunhoff
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A A Milne, illustrated by E H Shepard *

Middle Years:
Stig of the Dump, by Clive King
Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfield
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones *
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling *
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton *
Struwwelpeter, by Heinrich Hoffman
The Magic Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton
Danny, the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl
George's Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl
Underwater Adventure, by Willard Price
Tintin in Tibet, by Hergé
The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
Erik the Viking, by Terry Jones, illustrated by Michael Foreman
When the Wind Blows, by Raymond Briggs
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T S Eliot
The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes
The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame *
The Worst Witch Collection, by Jill Murphy
Peter Pan, by J M Barrie
Mr Majeika, by Humphrey Carpenter
The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley *
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I'm The King of the Castle, by Susan Hill
The Wave, by Morton Rhue
Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren *
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl *
Bambert's Book of Missing Stories, by Reinhardt Jung
The Firework-maker's Daughter, by Philip Pullman
Tom's Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster *
The Silver Sword (aka Escape from Warsaw), by Ian Serrallier *
Cue for Treason, by Geoffrey Trease
The Sword in the Stone, by T H White
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K LeGuin *
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J K Rowling *
The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C S Lewis *
His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman *
The BFG, by Roald Dahl
Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome *
Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now, by Lauren Child
The Railway Children, by E Nesbit
The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde *
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell *
Just William, by Richmal Crompton
Jennings Goes to School, by Anthony Buckeridge
Comet in Moominland, by Tove Jansson
The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

Early Teens:
Call of the Wild, by Jack London *
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll *
The Outsiders, by S E Hinton *
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
The Owl Service, by Alan Garner
The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle *
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, by Mildred D Taylor *
A Kestrel for a Knave, by Barry Hines
The Hobbit, by J R R Tolkien *
War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo
Beowulf, by Michael Morpurgo
King Solomon's Mines, by H Rider Haggard *
Kim, by Rudyard Kipling *
The Road of Bones, by Anne Fine
Frenchman's Creek, by Daphne Du Maurier
Treasure Island, by R L Stevenson
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott *
Anne of Green Gables, by L M Montgomery
Junk, by Melvin Burgess
Cider With Rosie, by Laurie Lee
The Go-Between, by LP Hartley
The Rattle Bag, edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
The Song of Hiawatha, by H W Longfellow
Watership Down, by Richard Adams *
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain *
True Grit, by Charles Portis *
Holes, by Louis Sachar *
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding *
My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
Carrie's War, by Nina Bawden
The Story of Tracy Beaker, by Jacqueline Wilson
The Lantern Bearers, by Rosemary Sutcliffe

Asterisks mark the books I've read. 36 of them; there are four or five others that I'm not sure of - for instance, I've read a couple of books by Durrell, but I can't say for certain whether My Family and Other Animals was one of them. (And yes, I've read Little Women but I haven't read Treasure Island - got a problem with that?)

H/T to Kelly, at Big A little a.

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