Top 100 children’s books of all time

Both classical novels and contemporary literature have a lot to offer young readers. But, as we all know, children sometimes need a little nudge to pick up a book. So, we thought we’d put together a list of brilliant books that children of all ages can enjoy!

Some of the 100 titles towards the end of this list may not be suitable for less confident readers to pick up independently, but are still great to read to younger children. Why not challenge your child to see how many they can read by the end of primary school?

100 children’s books for ages 2 to 11

  1. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
  2. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss
  3. Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
  4. Dinosaurs Love Underpants – Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
  5. Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
  6. Not Now, Bernard – David McKee
  7. Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne
  8. The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister
  9. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  10. Owl Babies – Martin Waddell and Patrick Henson
  11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  12. And Tango Makes Three – Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  13. Spyder – Matt Carr
  14. Juniper Jupiter – Lizzy Stewart
  15. Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
  16. Oi Frog! – Kes Gray
  17. Mrs Mole, I’m Home – Jarvis
  18. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  19. Charlie and Lola – Lauren Child
  20. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
  21. My Friend Bear – Jez Alborough
  22. A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
  23. F unnybones – Allan Ahlberg
  24. Katie Morag – Mairi Hedderwick
  25. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – Jon Scieszka
  26. The Adventures of Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey
  27. Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
  28. Rosie Revere, Engineer – Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
  29. George’s Marvellous Medicine/The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me/The Twits etc – Roald Dahl
  30. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson
  31. Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind – Jeremy Strong
  32. The Diary of a Killer Cat – Anne Fine
  33. Daisy and the Trouble with Life – Kes Gray
  34. Dogger – Shirley Hughes
  35. Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat – Ursula Williams
  36. The Tear Thief – Carol Ann Duffy
  37. Horrid Henry – Francesca Simon
  38. Fluff the Farting Fish – Michael Rosen
  39. Mr Majeika – Humphrey Carpenter
  40. Nim’s Island – Wendy Orr
  41. How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
  42. You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum – Andy Stanton
  43. Shadow – Michael Morpurgo
  44. The 13-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths
  45. Beast Quest – Adam Blade
  46. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  47. The Midnight Fox – Betsy Byars
  48. Animal Ark series – Lucy Daniels
  49. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  50. The Time Travelling Cat – Julia Jarman
  51. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
  52. Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
  53. The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth – Eoin Colfer
  54. The Watchers – Helen Cresswell
  55. The 52-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths
  56. Desirable – Frank Cottrell Boyce
  57. Street Child – Berlie Doherty
  58. The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
  59. How to Train Your Parents – Pete Johnson
  60. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  61. Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
  62. The Spiderwick Chronicles – Tony Diterlizzi
  63. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce
  64. Cliffhanger/Lottie/Lola Rose etc – Jacqueline Wilson
  65. The Famous Five/Malory Towers/The Naughtiest Girl in the School etc – Enid Blyton
  66. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  67. Horrible Histories – Terry Deary
  68. Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
  69. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
  70. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
  71. Wonder – RJ Palacio
  72. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  73. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – Liz Pichon
  74. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  75. Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
  76. Dragons at Crumbling Castle – Terry Pratchett
  77. What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge
  78. Who Let the Gods Out? – Maz Evans
  79. Murder MostUnladylike – Robin Stevens
  80. The Girl of Ink and Stars
  81. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
  82. Noughts and Crosses/Thief – Malorie Blackman
  83. The Firework-Maker’s Daughter – Philip Pullman
  84. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  85. Holes – Louis Sachar
  86. The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q. Rauf
  87. The Fastest Boy in the World – Elizabeth Laird
  88. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher
  89. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  90. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  91. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  92. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  93. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  94. Anne of Green Gables – L. Montgomery
  95. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  96. The Borrowers – Mary Norton
  97. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  98. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  99. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  100. The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

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