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 2021, a team of experts put together this list, broken down into four age bands. We'd love to hear what you think of our list - which is your favourite book? And what have we left off? Get in touch on Twitter @BookTrust to let us know!
Take a look at Books We Love for our reviews of current brilliant books.
100 best books for children: see what made the list
Read our reviews for all of the books, split up into age range.
Take a look at our pick of the best books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years.
Take a look at our pick of the best books for 6-8 year olds from the last 100 years.
Take a look at our pick of the best books for 9-11 year olds from the last 100 years.
Take a look at our pick of the best books for 12-14 year olds from the last 100 years.
Wondering how we whittled down our 100 Best Books list? Find out all about how we chose the books, who helped us, and the rules we gave ourselves here.
Want to know how many of the 100 Best Books you've read? Download our fun poster and checklist to keep track!
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