Books every child should read by the age of 14

The list, complied by Booktrust, has four age categories: 0 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12 and 12 to 14

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  • Books for 0-to-5-year-olds

    • The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
    • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    • The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont
    • Meg and Mog by Helen Nicholl
    • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
    • Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
    • Would You Rather? by John Burningham
    • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
    • Not Now, Bernard by David McKee
    • Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
    • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
    • Gorilla by Anthony Browne
    • Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd
    • The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
    • Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
    • I Want My Potty by Tony Ross
    • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
    • I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
    • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
    • Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
    • Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
    • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
    • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Books for 6-to-8-year-olds

    • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
    • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
    • The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
    • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
    • Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
    • Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
    • My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
    • Charlotte's Web by EB White
    • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
    • Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
    • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
    • The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
    • Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
    • The Queen's Nose by Dick King-Smith
    • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
    • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
    • The Adventures of Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
    • Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
    • The Sheep-Pig by Dick King Smith
    • Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child
    • That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
    • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
    • The BFG by Roald Dahl
    • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • Books for 9-to-12-year-olds

    • The Adventures of Tin Tin by Herge
    • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
    • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
    • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
    • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
    • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
    • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken
    • Stig of the Dump by Clive King
    • Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
    • Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
    • The Witches by Roald Dahl
    • Matilda by Roald Dahl
    • Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes by Terry Pratchett
    • The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
    • Flour Babies by Anne Fine
    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    • Skellig by David Almond
    • Holes by Louis Sachar
    • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    • Journey to River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
    • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
    • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
    • Once by Morris Gleitzman
    • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Books for 12-to-14-year-olds

    • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    • The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
    • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
    • Watership Down by Richard Adams
    • Forever by Judy Blume
    • The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
    • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
    • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
    • Witch Child by Celia Rees
    • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
    • Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
    • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    • Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
    • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
    • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
    • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    • Revolver by Marcus Segdwick
    • Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
    • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
    • Junk by Melvin Burgess
    • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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