Wednesday, 25 March 2015

50 books that every child should read by 16

At the beginning of the month, to celebrate World Book Day, a survey of 2,000 readers by Sainsbury's found that the classic books parents grew up with are popular choices to read to their own kids.  It's certainly true in this house with Magic Faraway Tree, Famous Five, Flat Stanley and Roald Dahl tales already hitting our read pile before Ben is even 7 years old.

Something that really shocks me - where are the Mr Men, Thomas the Tank Engine or Topsy and Tim books?  I lived on Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Kids/ Twins/ High/ University books and Naughtiest Girl in the school series shame none of them have hit the top 50.  What favourites did you have that are missing from the list?

How many have you read or are planning on reading with your children?  

I have taken the list and rearranged it but if you want to see the original order it's here.

Books I have already read with Ben (and/ or Noah)
Five on a Treasure Island – Enid Blyton  our current book
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter   we have the whole set, but to be honest the boys have never been that interested in them.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
Funny Bones – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg  Is there a bookshelf in any kids home that hasn't got or had a copy of this?  Or any parent that can't quote most of it off the top of their head?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle - ditto

Books we have in the bookcase ready to read
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl  
James and The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
The BFG – Roald Dahl 
Matilda – Roald Dahl
The Twits – Roald Dahl
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll   though we have watched the film
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis   in fact I have the whole set.
The Magician's Nephew – CS Lewis
Winnie The Pooh – AA Milne
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – J.K. Rowling   have seen the film though
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling  not quite brave enough to let them watch the film of this one yet.
The Railway Children – E Nesbit
Bambi – Felix Selten
Tom's Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce

Books I didn't read (or don't remember) but we do have
A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond   Have got the boys this for Easter at Ben's request after seeing the film.

Books I did like but would consider to girly to read to the boys
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson–Burnett

Books I had no interest in as a child and therefore unlikely to read unless the boys come across them themselves and request them.
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Charlotte's Web – EB White
Watership Down – Richard Adams
The Hobbit – JRR Tolken
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ – Sue Townsend
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Carrie's War – Nina Bawden
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon  I read this as an adult
Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
The Story of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Curious George – HA Ray

We have a chapter book challenge going on for this year - perhaps you'd like to join in?



2 comments:

  1. It's such a great list isn't it....I did a post about it and I have read nearly all of them with my girls or myself.

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