100 books every child should read

New must-read list for babies to 14-year-olds


The definitive list of 100 books every child must read before they’re 14 has been announced by the Booktrust.


Split into four sections – 0-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 12-14 – the list contains titles such obvious choices as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Room on the Broom.

But, perhaps surprisingly, some other bestselling children’s books didn’t make the cut, include David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny, which is the UK’s best-selling children’s book in its age category, and Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo.

The people at Booktrust are asking people to vote for their favourite children’s book on the list. The nation’s best-loved books will be announced in November.

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.”

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