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100 best children's books from the past 100 years: the full list

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These are the 100 best children's and teens' books from the past 100 years.

To see this list divided into age groups, or to see the nation's top 10 favourite books, visit our 100 best books page.

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  • Millions

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

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  • Millions

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

    One night, a bag containing £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens the hermitage. Damian is convinced it is a gift from Go…

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  • The Sheep-Pig

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Mike Terry

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  • The Sheep-Pig

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Mike Terry

    When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups.

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  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

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  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories.

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  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman

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  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman

    Morris Gleitzman brings heart and humour to the difficult subject of the Holocaust in this ground-breaking children's book.

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  • Skellig

    Author: David Almond

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  • Skellig

    Author: David Almond

    Exploring a ramshackle garage with his new-found friend Mina, Michael discovers a strange, magical creature who needs his help.&nb…

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  • Coram Boy

    Author: Jamila Gavin

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  • Coram Boy

    Author: Jamila Gavin

    Coram Boy is the story of Toby, saved from an African ship as a child, and Aaron, the illegitimate son of the heir to a great esta…

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  • Room on the Broom

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

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  • Room on the Broom

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    From former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler comes this much-loved tale about a witch …

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  • Amazing Grace

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Caroline Binch

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  • Amazing Grace

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Caroline Binch

    This classic story clearly communicates an inspiring message that anything is possible

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  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

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  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the ch…

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  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell

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  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell

    This appealing story, in lift-the-flap, board-book format has been a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in …

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  • Gorilla

    Author: Anthony Browne

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  • Gorilla

    Author: Anthony Browne

    Hannah's favourite animals in the whole world are gorillas, but her dad is always too busy to take her to the zoo.

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  • The Kite Rider

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

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  • The Kite Rider

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

    Haoyou feels powerless when the man responsible for his father's death demands to marry his mother. Determined to support her hims…

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  • Stormbreaker

    Author: Anthony Horowitz

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  • Stormbreaker

    Author: Anthony Horowitz

    Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his life turned upside down on discovering that his late uncle wasn't a mild-mannered banker, b…

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.

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  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess

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  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess

    Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly - but she can't fly forever...

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Follow Pippi Longstocking on her amazing adventures as she moves into Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase …

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  • Horrid Henry

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross

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  • Horrid Henry

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Stories about naughty characters have been told for centuries, and Horrid Henry is a modern-day rogue in the tradition of Dennis t…

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  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner

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  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner

    Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by…

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with…

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepherd

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepherd

    No child's library could be complete without A A Milne's stories about Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Ac…

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  • Charlotte's Web

    Author: E B White Illustrator: Garth Williams

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  • Charlotte's Web

    Author: E B White Illustrator: Garth Williams

    This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern - with the help of a friendly talking spider called Charlotte - saved her pig, Wi…

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper

    Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy…

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  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild

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  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild

    First published in the 1930s, this classic story of three very different girls who work hard to master their talents has captivate…

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    An air pilot makes a forced landing deep in the Sahara Desert. There, he makes a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him a series …

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Real witches disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they de…

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  • Truckers

    Author: Terry Pratchett

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  • Truckers

    Author: Terry Pratchett

    The first title in the Bromeliad trilogy, this is an enchanting fantasy from favourite author Terry Pratchett.

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  • Holes

    Author: Louis Sachar

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  • Holes

    Author: Louis Sachar

    Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he is not entirely surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to the …

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  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume

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  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume

    Seventeen-year-old Katherine meets Michael at a party. The two of them like each other immediately, and soon fall in love - but ar…

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute h…

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  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan

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  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan

    In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another count…

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