The Nation's Favourite Children's Books

Copyright Waterstones

During 1997 Waterstone's announced two polls - one to find the Books of the Century, another to decide the Nation's favourite children's books. The results of those polls, one with Channel 4, the other with BBC's Bookworm, have been a source of widespread debate and interest ever since - from Richard and Judy to the New Yorker. By popular request we have now combined the two - so here they are side-by-side. The debate rages on about the relative merits of Dahl and Tolkien, the representation of poetry, writing by women authors, and 'new' books versus old.

  1. Matilda Roald Dahl
  2. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
  4. Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne
  5. The Hobbit Tolkien
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
  7. Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
  8. The BFG Roald Dahl
  9. Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  10. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  11. James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
  12. The Witches Roald Dahl
  13. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  14. The House at Pooh Corner A.A. Miln
  15. George's Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl
  16. The Twits Roald Dahl
  17. The Lord of the Rings Tolkien
  18. Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
  19. Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
  20. Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery
  21. Charlotte's Web E.B. White
  22. Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
  23. Danny, the Champion of the World Roald Dahl
  24. Mystery at Witchend Malcolm Saville
  25. The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper
  26. The Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
  27. Watership Down Richard Adams
  28. Northern Lights Philip Pullman
  29. Mariel of Redwall Brian Jacques
  30. Black Beauty Anne Sewell
  31. Tom's Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce
  32. Ballet Shoes Noel Streatfield
  33. The Famous Five Enid Blyton
  34. The Silver Sword Ian Serraillier
  35. The Borrowers Mary Norton
  36. The Sheep Pig Dick King-Smith
  37. Redwall Brian Jacques
  38. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
  39. Boy Roald Dahl
  40. Treasure Island R.L. Stevenson
  41. Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter
  42. Stig of the Dump Clive King
  43. Bad Girls Jacuqeline Wilson
  44. Pigeon Post Arthur Ransome
  45. Dolphin Boy Blue Felice Arena
  46. We Didn't Mean to go to Sea Arthur Ransome
  47. The Eagle of the Ninth Rosemary Sutcliff
  48. The Folk of the Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
  49. The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
  50. Winter Holiday Arthur Ransome
  51. The Enchanted Wood Enid Blyton
  52. Children of the New Forest Frederick Marryat
  53. The Water Babies Charles Kingsley
  54. Bed and Breakfast Jacqueline Wilson
  55. A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  56. Dogger Shirley Hughes
  57. Alice Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
  58. Where's Wally? Martin Handford
  59. Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
  60. The Borrowers Afloat Mary Norton
  61. Heidi Johenn Spyri
  62. Peter Pan J.M. Barrie
  63. Malory Towers Enid Blyton
  64. The Railway Children Edith Nesbit
  65. The Suitcase Kid Jacqueline Wilson
  66. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone J.K. Rowling
  67. The Box of Delights John Masefield
  68. The Worst Witch Jill Murphy
  69. Just William Richmal Crompton
  70. The Little White Horse Elizabeth Goudge
  71. Five on Treasure Island Enid Blyton
  72. The Magician's Nephew C.S. Lewis
  73. Thomas the Tank Engine Rev. W. Awdry
  74. Say Cheese and Die R.L. Stine
  75. Going Solo Roald Dahl
  76. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
  77. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Sue Townsend
  78. One Day at Horrorland R.L. Stine
  79. The Secret Seven Enid Blyton
  80. Coot Club Arthur Ransome
  81. The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
  82. Five Children and It Edith Nesbit
  83. The Girl who Cried Monster R.L. Stine
  84. What Katy Did Susan Coolidge
  85. Mossflower Brian Jacques
  86. Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  87. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr
  88. Junk Melvin Burgess
  89. Famous Five go to Dead Man's Rock Enid Blyton
    There is no such book, likely Famous Five Go To Demon's Rock
  90. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl
  91. The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seus
  92. 101 Dalmations Dodie Smith
  93. The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  94. Milly Molly Mandy Joyce Lancaster Brisley
  95. The Owl Service Alan Garner
  96. The Pearls of Lutra Brian Jacques
  97. The Demon Headmaster Gillian Cross
  98. The School at the Chalet Elinor Brent-Dyer
  99. How I got my Shrunken Head R.L. Sinte
  100. The Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling

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