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50 Books all children should have on their bookshelves

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: July 20, 2013

Children's classic The Hobbit

Children's classic The Hobbit

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BOOK experts have selected 50 books all children should have on their shelves.

The Times, which sponsors the Cheltenham Literature Festival, has compiled a list of 50 books children should have red.

The books were picked out by a panel including Amanda Craig, children’s books critic, Lucy Coats, children’s books consultant and founder of Bookstart, Tom Gatti, Saturday Review editor, authors Anthony McGowan and Katherine Langrish and children’s literature expert Nicholas Tucker.

Topping the list is JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which was adapted into a film released late last year.

Described as “the greatest children’s book ever written”, the book details the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit from the Shire.

With the Cheltenham Literature Festival in just a few months, how many of the following books have you or your children read? Which books would top your list? Comment below to let us know what you think.

1. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

2. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

3. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

4. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

5. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

6. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin

7. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

8. The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge

9. The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

10. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner

11. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

12. Finn Family Moomintroll – Tove Jansson

13. The Sea of Trolls – Nancy Farmer

14. Just William – Richmal Crompton

15. Matilda – Roald Dahl

16. The Midnight Folk – John Masefield

17. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

18. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

19. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

20. Stories for Children – Oscar Wilde

21. Hellbent – Anthony McGowan

22. The Mouse and His Child – Russell Hoban

23. Five Children and It – E Nesbit

24. The Magicians of Caprona – Diana Wynne Jones

25. The Tiger who came to Tea – Judith Kerr

26. The Sword in the Stone – TH White

27. The Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff

28. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

29. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

30. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

31. The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss

32. How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

33. The wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

34. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

35. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

36. One Dog and his Boy – Eva Ibbotson

37. The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

38. The Man whose Mother was a Pirate – Margaret Mahy

39. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz

40. How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

41. Coram Boy – Jamila Gavin

42. The Borrowers – Mary Norton

43. The Snow-walker’s Son – Catherine Fisher

44. Holes – Louis Sachar

45. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

46. Kit’s Wilderness – David Almond

47. Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

48. Vice Versa – F Anstey

49. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

50. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy – Lynley Dodd

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