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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!

How many have you read? Take our quiz

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.

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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How we chose the books

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.

Download the checklist

Want to know how many of the 100 Best Books you've read? Download our fun poster and checklist to keep track!

Join in on social media

We'd love you to get involved on social media! Download a selection of social media cards to share with your friends - and make sure you tag us @BookTrust!

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