Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Favorite Kids' Books--UK edition

Do British newspapers cover book news--including, or perhaps especially, children's book news--better than American ones? I go to The Guardian for book news all the time; now The Daily Mail is getting in on the act. Here are the results of a recent poll about favorite children's books; I've bolded the ones I've read. I think an American list would look quite different. (Well, yes, it does--not quite the same thing, but I posted about an NEA list some time ago.)

1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
3. Famous Five, Enid Blyton (The admin. asst. in our office--who is British-- is always asking me if I've read Blyton; she says her teachers sneered but the kids loved them.)
4. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
5. The BFG, Roald Dahl
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling (I wonder why just this one?)
7. The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
8. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
9. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
10. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
11. The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
13. Matilda, Roald Dahl
14. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
15. The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss
16. The Twits, Roald Dahl
17. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves (I know I've read at least one of these)
18. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
19. The Malory Towers series, Enid Blyton (I have heard talks on these books so often it feels as if I've read them, but I don't think I really have)
20. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
21. The Railway Children, E. Nesbit
22. Hans Christian Fairy Tales, H.C. Andersen
23. The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
24. The Witches, Roald Dahl
25. Stig of the Dump, Clive King
26. The Wishing Chair, Enid Blyton
27. Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
28. The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
29. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jan Brett
30. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
31. A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
32. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell (Do kids really still read this?)
33. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
34. Aesop's Fables, Jerry Pinkney (I'm not sure I've read this version; same with the Goldilocks, above)
35. The Borrowers, Mary Norton
36. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
37. Meg and Mog, Jan Pienkowski
38. Mrs Pepperpot, Alf Proysen
39. We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
40. The Gruffalo's Child, Julia Donaldson
41. Room on a Broom, Julia Donaldson
42. The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
43. Miffy, Dick Bruna
44. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
45. Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
46. The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson
47. Ten Little Ladybirds, Melanie Gerth
48. Six Dinners Sid, Inga Moore
49. The St. Clare's series, Enid Blyton
50. Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

(seen first at the Kids Lit blog)

1 comment:

  1. The only ones I've read that you haven't are the Gruffalo stories by Julia Donaldson; they're rhyming stories, and the cadence is just wonderful.