Most Popular Books for Kids - World Book Day, 3rd March 2016

Written by MiriamSpall on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 22:38

If you are looking for book ideas, or perhaps you would like to give your child a World Book Day present, do read on. To encourage bedtime reading for British families, Sainbury’s have carried out a study of 2,000 reading enthusiasts, to determine the ultimate list of the top 50 books that should be on every child’s reading list.

To tempt you further, you can even get a free book token to get £1 off any full price book on the 2016 list! For the 2016 list of £1 token books click here 


50 books which every child should read by the age of 16

  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

  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 Kipling

  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

  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 by 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

  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 by Janet and Allan Ahlberg




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