The Greatest Children’s Books

Posted: January 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The BBC recently published an article about The 11 Greatest Children’s Books.

I thought it sounded interesting and decided to see what they’ve picked. The titles are supposed to be aimed at 10 years and under.

Their choices are as follows:

1. EB White, Charlotte’s Web (1952)

2. CS Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

3. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

4. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

5. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868)

6. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)

7. AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

8. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

9. Ursula K Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

10. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time (1962)

11. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie (1935)

I noticed that these are all quite old and there’s no recent titles in the list!

Of the list, I have read only six – Charlotte’s Web; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Little Women; Winnie-the-Pooh; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I have heard of the others but never got around to reading them! Also, I’m not sure if I have read A Wizard of Earthsea as sounds familiar but I can’t be certain!

Of the ones I have read, Little Women I only recently got around to reading, and I don’t really count that as a children’s book, especially not for under 10’s!

I agree that other books are all great children’s books, but I think there’s a few which should be in there too – where is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?!

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Comments
  1. Geoff W says:

    I’ve always found it odd that Little Women is usually grouped with children’s literature. I can sort of get it, but it just seems much more mature than that!

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