100 best children's books

This is our list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years: the ultimate booklist to read before you're 14.

In 2015, a team of experts put together this list: broken down into four age groups, with 25 titles in each.

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100 best books for children: see what made the list

Read our reviews for all of the books, split up into age range.

Best Books for 0-5 years

Take a look at our pick of the best books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years.

Best Books for 6-8 year olds

Take a look at our pick of the best books for 6-8 year olds from the last 100 years.

Best Books for 9-11 year olds

Take a look at our pick of the best books for 9-11 year olds from the last 100 years.

Best Books for 12-14 year olds

Take a look at our pick of the best books for 12-14 year olds from the last 100 years.

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The nation's favourites

We also asked the nation to vote for their favourite top 10 from these 100 best books, and here is the definitive ranking:

  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 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
  8. Charlotte's Web by E B White
  9. Northern Lights [from His Dark Materials trilogy] by Philip Pullman
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

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