20 Best-Loved Children’s Books of the Last 225 Years

20 Best-Loved Children’s Books of the Last 225 Years

Peter Pan – Sir JM Barrie

One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. 

The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton

When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

One Sunday morning, a red-faced caterpillar hatches from an egg, and begins to look for some food. Later, the “big fat caterpillar” emerges as a beautiful butterfly with large, gorgeous, multi-coloured wings.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world. Clutching their Golden Tickets, the children arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover?

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. “Please,” asks the stranger, “draw me a sheep.” And the pilot realizes that when life’s events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries.

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.” Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake …and a hungry Gruffalo!

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Where’s Wally – Martin Handford

Search for Wally and his friends as they hike round the world – on the beach, at the train station, at sea …They’re fiendishly hidden in every intricately-detailed scene – and there are lots of other things to look for too.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

Four adventurous siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. 

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London …

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires – and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. In this story Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle and heads off on an ‘expotition’ to the North Pole with the other animals.

The Railway Children – E Nesbit

Peter, Roberta and Phyllis move from the comfort of their London residence to a modest country cottage. So begins a tale of blissful independence and adventures aplenty with the railway line at the bottom of their garden becoming central to the children’s lives.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

The story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling

On Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are.

Mr Stink – David Walliams

It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. Now Chloe’s got to make sure no one finds out her secret.

Charlotte’s Web – EB White

This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur’s dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. With the unlikely help of Templeton the rat, and a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig.

The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

I’m Tracy Beaker. I’m stuck in The Dumping Ground just at the moment, but I’m sure my Mum will come and get me soon. This is a story all about me – so I know you’ll enjoy it! 

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4 thoughts on “20 Best-Loved Children’s Books of the Last 225 Years

  1. The Mr Men books were such a big part of my childhood. Every Saturday my mum and I would pick a new one up from the library, and eventually she bought me a big set of them for my birthday which I read again and again. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Mr Tickle, with Mr Bump in a close second.

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