The Ultimate List: Our 100 best children's books
We celebrate Children's Book Week with Amazon Kindle by announcing our list of 100 books every child should read before they're 14.
Drawing from over 90 years' experience of recommending children’s books, our experts have put together a list of the 100 best children's books for Children's Book Week 2013. We're now asking everyone to join the debate and vote online for their favourites from the list - with the nation’s top books announced on 25 November.
The exciting 100 combines an eclectic mix of traditional classics and modern greats that we believe are must-reads to fire children’s imaginations and turn them into life-long readers. The cut-off age of 14 was chosen as beyond that, children tend to progress to more adult literature.
Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts at Booktrust, said:
We want to celebrate Children's Book Week by starting a discussion about the very best books for children. We know there will be some debate around the list, and we welcome it! Has your favorite childhood read been left out? Would your child whole-heartedly agree with us, or be dismayed by an oversight? We’ve tried to include stories for everyone – whether it’s an old picture book, a classic adventure story, or a modern tale tackling contemporary issues – the emphasis for us is on wonderful, wacky, and world-changing narratives.
Take a look at the books on our list
- Best books for 0-5 year olds
- Best books for 6-8 year olds
- Best books for 9-11 year olds
- Best books for 12-14 year olds and beyond
UPDATED: We invited you to let us know which titles you thought were missing from our 100 Best Books list - now take a look at our booklist of your favourites. Leave a comment below if you'd like to suggest any further titles to add to this list.