What are the most-loved children’s books? Here are your favourites

April 2, 2014
I’m helping out at my son’s nursery school library, and we’re looking to add new books to the collection. I thought that what better way to find out what cool books to add than by asking on Twitter and Facebook for people’s own favourites , and their kids’ most-loved titles.
And here goes – these are some of your favourite favourites, divided into loose categories. Unfortunately they aren’t categorised in ages – I find that in my own experience, it’s hard to define books by age (I was reading Oh The Places You’ll Go when my son was a baby, and occasionally we read from the How Much Do I Love You series, which is strictly younger than his four years. My advice is to read to them what they love and what you love – I feel that it breeds a strong love of reading when you do it this way.
Thanks to everyone for contributing to this crowd-sourced post.

Best authors (all their books come recommended by you):

Dr Seuss
Richard Scarry
Enid Blyton
Elizabeth Donaldson
Roald Dahl
Judy Blume
Oliver Jeffers

Best series:

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child
Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend W. Awdry
Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
Hairy McLary by Lynley Dodd
The Dark is Rising  by Susan Cooper
Beastquest by Adam Blade
What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge
Curious George by Margaret and H.A Rey
Mr Men by Roger Hargreaves
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Spot by Eric Hill
Tilly and Friends by Polly Dunbar
The Mole Sisters by Robyn Schwartz
What-A-Mess by Frank Muir
Mr Gum by Andy Stanton
Dr Dog by Babette Cole
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Kipper by Mick Inkpen

Classics and all-time bests

The Call of The Wild by Jack Landon
Anne of the Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

Best singles

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
One Little Mermaid by Lucy Barnard
Where the Wild Thing Are by Maurice Sendak
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
There’s No Such Thing As A Dragon by Jack Kent
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
Dragon’s Dinner by Susannah Corbett
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
Tricky Tortoise; Hungry Hippo; Greedy Zebra by Mwenye Hadithi
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  • JanetBr (@janetbr)

    great list, thanks!

    April 2, 2014 at 7:36 am Reply
  • Gaelyn Cokayne

    LOVE this list!!!

    April 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply
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