50 kids books everyone should read before they’re 16

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    In honour of one of our favourite days of the year, World Book Day, Sainsbury’s have created a list of the top 50 kids books – and oh, what a wonderful list it turned out to be!

    Unsurprisingly, classic children’s author Roald Dahl topped the list with Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, whilst Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland came in second.

    However, further down the list, there’s a perfect mixture of old meets new, with authors like Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stevenson sitting side by side with J.K Rowling and Philip Pullman. Whatever your favourite childhood tale is, it’s probably in the top 50 list of kids books somewhere!

    Here’s the full list of top 50 stories for kids – how many have you and your children read?

    1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

    2. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

    3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

    4. Winnie The Pooh – A.A.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

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    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 Kiplin

    19. Charlotte’s Web – EB White

    20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

    21. Watership Down – Richard Adams

    22. The Hobbit – J.R.Tolken

    23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

    24. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

    25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ – Sue Townsend

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    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 – L.M.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

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    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 – C.S. Lewis

    45. The Golden Compass – 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 – H.A.Ray

    50. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    What is one of your favourite kids books of all time? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know!

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