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These are the top 50 books that you definitely should have read by now


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To mark World Book Day 2015, Sainsbury’s have put together a list of the top 50 books that every child should read before the age of 16.

So, who made it to the top of the list...?

Perhaps predictably it’s good news all round for Roald Dahl, whose classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has come out in first place.

We have to say that we agree strongly on this. What would any childhood be without oompa loompas, honestly?

Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda and The Twits also made the top 50, which appears to cement old Roald as the greatest children’s writer of all time. Props.

In second place was psychedelic trip-fest and spurner of a million cultural analogies, Alice in Wonderland - which TNS also holds very dearly - and in third our childhood favourite The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Other books that made the list included Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, Sue Townsend's 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, J R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit – and, of course, various incarnations of Harry Potter.

If we were being picky, we would have added Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, Theresa Breslin’s Remembrance and Penelope Farmer’s Charlotte Sometimes. But we're literary history geeks, so maybe our tastes are overly niche.

Enough about what we’d include, though - how did you do?

Have a nostalgic wallow in the below and as always, let us know if there are any classics that you feel Sainsbury’s have wrongly omitted.

(Don’t worry if you don’t score very highly... TNS has an English Literature degree and has managed a fairly pitiful 27/50. Ouch.)

1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

2. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis

4. Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne

5. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell

6. James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl

7. The BFG-Roald Dahl

8. A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond

9. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson

10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – J.K. Rowling

12. Matilda- Roald Dahl

13. The Railway Children- E. Nesbit

14. Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens

15. Five on a Treasure Island- Enid Blyton

16. The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame

17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle

18. The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling

19. Charlotte's Web- EB White

20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter

21. Watership Down- Richard Adams

22. The Hobbit -J.R.Tolken

23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling

24. Lord of the Flies- William Golding

25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend

26. Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

27. The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss

28. The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson-Burnett

29. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank

30. The Twits – Roald Dahl

31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Baum

32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

33. Anne of Green Gables- L.M.Montgomery

34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr

35. Green Eggs and Ham-Dr Seuss

36. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

37. Bambi- Felix Selten

38. Tom's Midnight Garden- Phillipa Pearce

39. Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder

40. Funny Bones- Janet and Allan Ahlberg

41. Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak

42. Carrie's War- Nina Bawden

43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

44. The Magician's Nephew- C.S. Lewis

45. The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting

47. The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson

48. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

49. Curious George- H.A.Ray

50. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

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