Whether it provides a great source of learning and enriches the imagination, is the best bedtime tool or causes heated debates throughout the family, reading a book is an enjoyable pastime for many families.


It can evoke emotions, passion, feed the imagination and enable you to get lost in another, made-up world between you and the pages in front of you. Which is your favourite read?

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Puffin has revealed their pick of the best books for children - of all time. Including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland, The Twits and The Wizard of Oz, the line-up is full of adventure and will definitely include many of your childhood favourites.

Take a look at Puffin's selection of the magnificent 70 - Don't forget to tell us what your best reads are and check out the best new reads for May.

Best for Mischief

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The Twits by Roald Dahl; Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney; The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong; The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

Best for

Best for tear jerking moments

Watership Down by Richard Adams; The Truth About Leo by David Yelland; Two Weeks With The Queen by Morris Gleitzman; Charlotte's Web by EB White.

Best for Cuddling to

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward; Peepo! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg; Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Best for adventure

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Captain Flinn And The Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto; Young Samurai: The Way Of The Warrior by Chris Bradford; Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green.

Best for heroic figures

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer; Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan; Young Bond - SilverFin by Charlie Higson; The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Best for memorable characters

Charlie And Lola - Excuse Me But That Is My Book by Lauren Child; Meg And Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski; Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig; Fungus The Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs.

Best for Sugar and Spice

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley; The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy; The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams; The Princess And The Pea by Lauren Child and Polly Borland.

Best for the friends and family

Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy; The Borrowers by Mary Norton; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett; Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. The BFG by Roald Dahl; Matilda by Roald Dahl; Charlie And The Chocolate-Factory by Roald Dahl; Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

Best for super cute animals

Spy Dog by Andrew Cope; The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith; My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell; Lionboy by Zizou Corder.

Best for fantasy tales

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow; Dot Robot by Jason Bradbury; Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne; A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Five Children and It by E Nesbitt; The Wizard Of Oz by L Frank Baum; Peter Pan by JM Barrie.

Best for rhymes


Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg; Michael Rosen's A-Z - The Best Children's Poetry From Agard To Zephaniah; Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah; Bad Bad Cats by Roger McGough.