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How many of these 'must-read' children's books did you read?

by: Garry Pierrepont (29 July 2015)

According to a selection by the National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is top of the 'must-read' list for children before they leave primary school.

TES editor Ann Mroz said: "Fiction teaches children how to navigate the journey of life."

Roald Dahlís story beat Goodnight Mister Tom (by Michelle Magorian) into second place, the BBC reported.

It is perhaps not surprising that the list contains many books that deal with dark themes, horror and monsters. Children love a slimy slug or a tale of ghosts and ghoulies!

The 'must-read' top ten reads like this:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

It set me wondering Ė how many have I read? The answer is two. But then I did leave primary school before several of these were written!

How many have you read? And will you encourage your children to read them?

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Ref: 190 Makes me want to revisit all the Roald Dahl books. Oh for the time!
Anne - 10:33 29-07-2015
Ref: 189 I have read all of them over the years except Dogger, which I must admit, I have never heard of. But a lot were read as an adult with my kids.
Romany - 09:13 29-07-2015

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