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100 Best Children's Books


David Walliams

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 Tazzyman)
  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)