The nation's favourite children's book

The nation's favourite children's book
J K Rowling, author of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
25 November 2013

J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone announced as the nation’s favourite children’s book! 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the winner of our poll to discover the nation's favourite children's book - with over 24,000 votes cast overall.

To mark Children’s Book Week 2013, proudly supported by Kindle, we invited book fans of all ages to pick their ultimate book to read before the age of 14 from our list of the 100 best children's books from the last century.


The results are now in and we are delighted to reveal the nation's top ten books - with a mixture of modern greats and beloved classics making the list.


The final top ten is as follows:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  5. Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne, illustrated by E H Shepherd
  6. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  7. The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
  8. Charlotte's Web by E B White
  9. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis


Find out more about the top ten winning books


The win for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is yet another accolade for J K Rowling's boy wizard, whose unrivalled success has made her the world's first and only billionaire author. The adventures of Harry and friends have inspired a whole generation of readers, both children and adults alike, with over 400 million copies of the book sold worldwide. The resulting films have also proved critically and commerically successful, launching the careers of several British actors. The proliferation of DVDs, toys, video games, memorabilia, and now even theme park attractions contribute to the total global value of the franchise at $15bn. Find out more about Harry Potter.


Titles were split into age categories, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar topping the 0-5 age group, and Roald Dahl's The BFG winning for 6-8 year olds. The two most popular books overall, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Hunger Games triumphed in the 9-11 and 12-14 categories respectively.


 The most popular titles show that although classic storytelling remains popular with younger children, modern franchises have had a real impact on older readers. Of the books in the top ten, nine have since been made into huge film adaptations.
Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts, Book Trust, said:

As the biggest ever grossing literary franchise, kids and adults alike clearly can't get enough of Harry Potter. It’s a worldwide phenomena - it has captured the imaginations of a generation of readers who have grown up in love with Harry or Hermione, want to be friends with Ron, and are truly terrified by Voldemort. Even when up against heavyweights such as Dahl and Tolkien, Rowling ‘s creation remains the nation’s firm favourite.

We’re thrilled that the public have voted in their thousands. Lists such as this are a great way of celebrating the outstanding quality of past and present authors and illustrators. Plus Christmas and the New Year is a fantastic time to get our children excited about books!

Emma Hopkin, MD Childrens and Educational, Bloomsbury Publishing said:

We are thrilled that children have voted Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as the nation’s favourite children’s book.  It is wonderful that Harry Potter can still hold the same magic for children now as it did when it was first published sixteen years ago. Lists like this are such a brilliant way to engage debate and discussion of books for children and to reflect the sheer quality and variety that young readers can enjoy today.

Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle EU, said:

Everyone remembers their favourite childhood book. The public have voted in droves for their most-loved stories and it is fantastic to see such enthusiasm and interest in reading – a passion that we share at Amazon.

Find out more about how we selected our list of the 100 best books, and read about some of the books you told us you thought were missing from our list.


 Take our Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone quiz to discover whether you're a true Harry Potter expert!


Want to help discover a new generation's Harry Potter? Schools, libraries and other settings can register now to take part in the Book Trust Best Book Awards, proudly supported by Amazon Kindle

We'll be celebrating the winner, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone throughout this week - follow us on Twitter for all the latest Harry Potter fun, including competitions, giveaways, guest blogs and more!


Even I have read all of those books! Philosophers Stone==6 Times!!

Syque Caesar
16 January 2014

Fellowship is not a children's book!!

2 December 2013

I'm glad The Fellowship of the Ring made this list, but I'm surprised that children of 14 and under find it so gripping, as it's actually a book for adults. I wonder why they didn't vote for The Hobbit?

Alan Nash
26 November 2013

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