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
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