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 bands, with 25 titles in each band.

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See what made it into the 100 best books for children

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

100 Best Books for Children: 0-5

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

100 Best Books: 6-8 years

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

100 Best Books: 9-11 year olds

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

100 Best Books: 12-14

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

The nation's favourites

Nation's favourites from our 100 best books list

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 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

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