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Booktrust 100 books to read before the age of 14 - complete list

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 08, 2013

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Everyone has a favourite book from their childhood.

It sits on the bookshelf with dog-eared pages worn thin by love.

Whether it was devouring the innocent tale of a very hungry caterpillar or entering the magical world of middle earth depicted in Tolkien's The Hobbit, we all have happy memories of our favourite read.

To mark Children's Book Week The Booktrust has compiled a list of 100 books to read before the age of 14.

Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts at booktrust , said: "We want to celebrate Children's Book Week by starting a discussion about the very best books for children.

"We know there will be some debate around the list, and we welcome it!

"Has your favorite childhood read been left out? Would your child whole-heartedly agree with us, or be dismayed by an oversight?

"We’ve tried to include stories for everyone – whether it’s an old picture book, a classic adventure story, or a modern tale tackling contemporary issues – the emphasis for us is on wonderful, wacky, and world-changing narratives."

Here is The Book Trust's pick of the best books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years:

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg (Puffin)

The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by by Allan Ahlberg (Puffin)

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (Puffin)

Gorilla by Anthony Browne, (Walker Books)

Would You Rather? by John Burningham, (Jonathan Cape)

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Campbell Books)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Puffin)

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole (Puffin)

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd (Puffin)

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Macmillan Children's Books)

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox (Walker Books)

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (Puffin)

Dogger by Shirley Hughes (Red Fox)

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins Children's Books)

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

Not now, Bernard by David McKee (Andersen)

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicholl (Puffin)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)

I Want My Potty! by Tony Ross (Andersen Press)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Red Fox)

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont (Puffin)

Here is The Book Trust's pick of the best books for 6-8 year olds from the last 100 years:

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton (Egmont)

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton (Hodder)

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley (Macmillan)

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown (Egmont)

Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell (Orchard Books)

The BFG by Roald Dahl (Puffin)

The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff (Egmont)

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards (Egmont)

Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny (Orion)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (Frances Lincoln)

Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson (Puffin Books)

The Queen's Nose by Dick King-Smith (Puffin)

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith (Puffin)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Puffin)

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Oxford University Press)

Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne (Egmont Books)

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (Puffin)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (Puffin)

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon (Orion Children's Books)

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Hodder Children's Books)

Charlotte's Web by E B White (Puffin)

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Egmont)

Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake (Red Fox)

Here is The Book Trust's pick of the best books for 9-11 year olds from the last 100 years:

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)

Carrie's War by Nina Bawden (Puffin)

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan Childrens books)

The Witches by Roald Dahl (Puffin)

Matilda by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (Puffin)

Flour Babies by Anne Fine (Puffin)

Once by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin)

The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé (Egmont)

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (Macmillan Children's Books)

Stig of the Dump by Clive King (Puffin)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis (HarperCollins Children's)

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Puffin)

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins Children's Books)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books Ltd)

The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Puffin)

Truckers by Terry Pratchett (Corgi Children's)

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (Red Fox)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Holes by Louis Sachar (Bloomsbury)

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Egmont)

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (Orion Children's Books)

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien (HarperCollins Children's)

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson (Vintage)

Here is The Book Trust's pick of the best books for 12-14 year olds from the last 100 years:

Watership Down by Richard Adams (Penguin)

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (Doubleday Children's Books)

Forever by Judy Blume (Macmillan Children's Books)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (David Fickling Books)

Junk by Melvin Burgess (Puffin)

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (Scholastic)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

The Owl Service by Alan Garner (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin (Egmont)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (Red Fox)

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books)

The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford University Press)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet (Walker Books Ltd)

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic)

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (Scholastic)

Witch Child by Celia Rees (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins Children's Books)

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion Children's Books)

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Vintage)

The Fellowship of The Ring by J R R Tolkien (HarperCollins)

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  • Kay_Powell  |  October 08 2013, 5:20PM

    Glad to see Stig of the Dump there, as I remember loving it when I was about seven. I would add Emil and the Detectives, which I think I read when I was about ten, and The Yearling, which I read when I was fourteen (it's one of those 'coming of age' stories).

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