Survey finds Dahl tops childrens book list

The top 50 books for children to read have been released, and Roald Dahl remains at number one.

Charlie and the Chocolate factory is the top book that every child should read by the age of 16, according to research commissioned by Sainsbury's to celebrate World Book Day.

Next is Alice in Wonderland, followed by the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The study of 2,000 reading enthusiasts was created to determine the ultimate list of the top 50 books that should be on every child's reading list.

The most loved children's character is Paddington Bear, followed by Winnie the Pooh, the hungry caterpillar and Postman Pat.

As well as the classics, the top 50 now includes Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.


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 ? 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


1. Paddington Bear

2. Winnie the Pooh

3. The Hungry Caterpillar

4. Postman Pat

5. Thomas the Tank Engine

6. The Gruffalo

7. Harry Potter

8. Cinderella

9. Mr Men

10. Peter Rabbit

11. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

12. Peter Pan

13. The BFG

14. Alice in Wonderland

15. Noddy

16. Willy Wonka

17. Matilda

18. Mog the Cat

19. Toad from Wind in the Willows

20. Pinocchio

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