100 BOOKS YOUR CHILD MUST READ - what are your nominations?

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Childhood books stay with you forever. Whether Roald Dahl's dark humour or the derry-do of Hardy Brothers, the earthy anarchy of Stig of the Dump or the magical excitement of The Secret Garden, they have a lasting effect on how you approach the big wide world.

What book do you think children MUST read before they leave home?

And while we're at it, what book should every adult read?

(My children's nomination: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
My adult nomination: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

Need a reminder of the all-time classics? This Daily Telegraph list brings back the memories...

Every child should read all of Roald Dahl's books, but they must also read Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

Every adult should read ... bugger it, I can't decide!

The Outsider

hanaflower Thu 22-Jan-09 21:35:12

The silver sword - Ian Serralier (sp?)
Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

ellideb Thu 22-Jan-09 21:36:41

Does childhood go as far as teenage years for this thread? if so then I nominate Flowers in the attic and petals on the wind by Virginia Andrews. I loved them when I was about 13.

As for adult nominations I vote Marley and Me though I can't remember the author.

EffiePerine Thu 22-Jan-09 21:36:42

The Three Musketeers

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:36:56

Marianne Dreams
Charlotte Sometimes (pre 1980)
Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Carries War

feedthegoat Thu 22-Jan-09 21:37:06

Younger readers - any Roald Dahl.
Slightly older - To Kill a Mocking Bird.

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:37:53

Little Princess
Secret garden
Toms Midnight garden
The Country Girls (Edna O'Brien -teen read)

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:39:38

Every Adult

Girl with a pearl earring

Hotel du lac

The Bell Jar

Bitter Honeymopn Alberto Moravia

Eating Children Jill Tweedie

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:41:57

Anna karenina
Madame Bovary

DrNortherner Thu 22-Jan-09 21:42:08

God, I've read none of these. What does that say about me?

<hides chick lit under pillow>

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:42:34

Room at the Top
Picture of Dorian Gray

Ooooh Carrie's War ... I loved that book. What about The Secret Garden?
Swallows and Amazons
Gerald Durrell's autobiographical books abour Corfu

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:43:52

The Millstone
The L shaped Room

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:46:38

Any Lynne reid banks or Drabble as a young woman - or Plath

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:47:44

Peppermint Pig ( made me go vegetarian)
Wuthering heights

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:48:30

Emil and the detectives
Far from the madding ( or any Hardy)

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:51:08

Are we talking older dc's now?
To kill a mocking bird
Treasure Island
Harry Potter
Little women

For adults
My all time fav: Sons and Lovers

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:51:53

yes lady Chatterley

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:52:47

Pride of Miss Jean Brodie - nice teen read - thought provoking

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:53:08

Jungle Book

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:54:37

Mill on the Floss

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:55:24

The Hobbit

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:55:59

Lord of the Flies

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:58:10

Ballet Shoes ( how could I forget!)

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:59:56

oh god I loved Ballet Shoes.
I'm going to stop now, or it'll be like that book thread the other night, I was there for hours smile

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:00:49

Anne of green Gables

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:01:39

Little House on The prairie

Ingles!! ( I dream of opening a bookshop! )

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:01:57

Railway Children

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:02:18

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 22:03:27

I liked Heidi as well

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 22:03:55

I'll join you Ria grin

GrimbleTheResourceful Thu 22-Jan-09 22:04:03

I couldn't possibly choose one book.

I just can't.

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:04:33

Kids : The Outsiders by SE Hinton, I am David by Anne Holm, The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. Diary of Anne Frank.

Adults : Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 22:05:07

neither can we Grimble smile

GrimbleTheResourceful Thu 22-Jan-09 22:05:27

Oh alright then, Grimble by Clement Freud.

God I loved that book.

In fact, I shall nominate it as the one adults should read too.

GrimbleTheResourceful Thu 22-Jan-09 22:06:07

Hello again Ingles grin

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:06:40

...and what is it about 'Little Women'? Am I the only person who cannot abide that book or am I way out of step?

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:07:08

What about Grimble at Christmas - I read it out loud to the children and dp this christmas...they did not seem as impressed as me!

CamelToe Thu 22-Jan-09 22:07:11

the wishing chair and the magic faraway tree

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:07:58

I think you are alone there LIght!

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 22:09:05


CamelToe Thu 22-Jan-09 22:09:12

just found this list...

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

CamelToe Thu 22-Jan-09 22:10:00

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Ronaldinhio Thu 22-Jan-09 22:11:34

Black Beauty

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 22:13:03

I need to read 24 books to complete that list...
not sure I'll ever manage war and peace though

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 22:13:29

or crime and punishment

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:14:26

Goblin Market - Read it to my dcs ENCHANTING

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:15:06

G M should be for both adults and children - so much to draw from it

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:19:02

Oh, Ria - I think you may be right. 'Little Women' is no 18 on that list.

[sneaks away, embarrassed]

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:19:16

Rebecca ( fab and very haunting)

GrimbleTheResourceful Thu 22-Jan-09 22:19:50

A book that left a very strong impression on me is Walter Macken's "Island of the Great yellow Ox".

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:20:35

Ria - that is my favest ever book, so I am not completely without literary taste then?

I am so relieved.

CamelToe Thu 22-Jan-09 22:20:54

list was from,

In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books.

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RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:22:57

Therese Racquin (sp)

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:23:54

Lightshines which is your favest book? smile

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:24:43

Victorian - do you have weird sexual tatses or do you mean Shirley Hughes?!

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:29:22

Ria - Rebecca. I also liked Therese Raquin, I seem to recall a very good TV dramatisation with ..Kate Nelligan?

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:31:42

Rebecca is really great ...Daphne Du Maurier is considered a bit too 'popular culture' to be taken seriously but 'Is that the Northern lights?' and 'Last night I dreamt i went to manderley' SHUDDER!!!

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:32:42

dont remember adaptation (thanks for correcting spelling!)

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:34:04

dp would say duncton wood although not read it myself

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 22-Jan-09 22:35:11

Ria (we digress, sorry) if you like DuM, you may enjoy this Daphne

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 22:40:59

Bonjour Tristesse

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 23:09:16

where angels fear to tread

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 23:17:18

for LITTLE children thee was a great thread the other day....

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 23:20:52

Who are you talking to Ria?

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 23:25:24

fear not Ingles...I am used to it wink

i could stay alone on here all night - quite therapeutic!

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 23:28:18

you made me lol with your LITTLE children post....
so to digress slightly...bought an aga yet?

shabster Thu 22-Jan-09 23:40:05

Perfect book to read to your baby or young child and then for them to read by themselves is 'Love you forever.' Just a story that goes through the life of a baby through to adulthood. Makes me cry every time I read it. I just gave my much thumbed copy to my first grandchild. Now my firstborn (27 years old) is reading it to his firstborn (7 months old). Perfect book x

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 23:58:13

shabster smile

ingles! Just sourcing the finance but pretty much decided on new! I became obsessed with the pie not being central to the aga blush so am going for power flue...dreading whole experience

thanks for all your help btw smile

KerryMumbles Fri 23-Jan-09 01:07:58

Black Beauty
Go Ask Alice
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Outsiders
Huckleberry Finn

nooka Fri 23-Jan-09 06:22:18

There is no "the book". Each of us will have our own favourites, and what affects one person deeply may leave another person cold. Sometimes it is just about the occassion - even rubbish books can take on personal meaning.

I'd just like my children to read lots of books!

I have about 150 odd children's books in my personal bookcase, books I have read and re-read and held onto over the years, and they are just older children's fiction. We have probably another 50 or so picture books that we are keeping, and the children will have their own favourites too.

I'm not sure I really believe in the concept of "great" fiction. I have loads of favourites, but I am always being reminded of other books that I really enjoyed, and would like to have again, or finding new books that I think are really good.

I've also found reading my favourite books to the children slightly disappointing, because I'm not sure they love them as much as I think they should !

nooka Fri 23-Jan-09 06:30:55

Looking at that list I have read all but nine of the middle years, all but three of the younger years, and about half of the older ones. Maybe I'll read the other half grin I like Michael Morpurgo. There are lots of other books I'd add to his list too though. I don't remember anything influencing me in particular. I've read 61 of the "best books" list. What a strange collection!

TooTicky Fri 23-Jan-09 07:16:22

The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren

Go Ask Alice - ! I remember that

Lizzylou Fri 23-Jan-09 09:17:58

For adults - any/all Evelyn Waugh

For Children - Danny Champion of the world


Complicity by Iain Banks (adults)

Lion witch and the wardrobe (Children)
What Katy Did

Lizzylou Fri 23-Jan-09 09:22:49

OOh, Perfume by Patrick Suskind (adults)

All Jane Austen (teens)

skay Fri 23-Jan-09 09:44:23

Ages 1 - 5 Thomas tank engine books
Mr Men

5 - up Magic Key books
Captain Underpants
Roald Dahl's books

11 - up Harry Potter
Chronicles of Narnia
Pullman's - Dark Materials trilogy

Adult Books Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
Call me Elizabeth by Dawn Annandale
Q & A (I forget the author, but it's the book behind "Slumdog Millionaire")

Diary Of Anne Frank
Tom Sawyer
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Weirdstone Of Brisingimen
Swallows And Amazons

NilDesperandum Fri 23-Jan-09 10:30:48

My Naughty Little Sister

Mr Magnolia

The Little White Horse

NilDesperandum Fri 23-Jan-09 10:31:27

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

any books by Michelle Magorian

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is brilliant, I'd forgotten all about it.

Another conundrum: which is the best Roald Dahl? For me its a fight between Fantastic Mr Fox, George's Marvellous Medicine and Danny Champion of the World. And The Twits. So that narrows it down...

NilDesperandum Fri 23-Jan-09 10:59:18


i was busted age 8 reading it under the desk at school blush grin

CharleeinChains Fri 23-Jan-09 11:00:37

The Jolly Postman series
The Lighthouse Keeper
The Very Hungry Catapillar
Each peach Pear Plum
Beatrix Potter collection

Im not sure who wrote any of these but i loved them and so do my kids.

I am going to get flamed to bits but i think every child should read or have read to the Enid Blyton The Faraway Tree stories.

Every older child should read the Harry Potter series.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 23-Jan-09 11:01:21

Each, Peach, Pear, Plum
Pippi Longstocking
Swallows and Amazons
Weirdstone of Brisingamen
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Ramona Quimby
Noggin the Nog
Box of Delights
Just William
Anne of Green Gables
The Pigman
The Chocolate War
Peter Pan

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Wild Sheep Chase- Haruki Murakami

I haven't read the whole thread blush but has anyone else read [[ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Bad-Man-Mr-Gum/dp/1405223103/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232710073 &sr=8-1 "You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum"]]? - I am reading it to DS(6) at bedtimes ATM and he literally rolls around laughing.

try that again..

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum

charliegal Fri 23-Jan-09 11:37:06

Bit shocked at recommending 'Flowers in the Attic'. I remember my friend frightening us with this story when we were about 12 and camping in the back yard.

If I remember, it is a horrible story about a crazy aunt or somesuch locking up a bunch of siblings in an attic for years and years and then the brother and sister have an incestuous affair, described in gory detail.

Hmmm..think I will stick with Robert Westall etc.

stleger Fri 23-Jan-09 11:51:23

My dd1's teacher has a dog called Dogger, who features in a lot of classwork (dd is 15, by the way!) I love these listy things, I work in a bookshop and it is great to be reminded of 'possible reads' for people who like.... It also reminds me of all the books I have never read!

For younger children, The Night Pirates and In the Woods are two which DS loved/loves which do not date from my childhood. 'In the Woods' is a favourite choice of DS's Teddy Bear, even though it scares him smile

MrsMerryHenry Fri 23-Jan-09 12:15:48

Aaaaagggggh! Want to contribute suggestions but too many books! Too many books! Am...about...to...combust! <KABOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!>

RiaParkinson Fri 23-Jan-09 13:07:19

definite exclusions would be all Mr Men books gah like pulling teeth

ChugtasticCrew Fri 23-Jan-09 13:22:22

BFG - Roald Dahl
The Witches - Roald Dahl

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken

Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson
The Smartest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson

Dogger - Shirley Hughes

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 23-Jan-09 13:25:28

Tuppence To Cross the Mersey, and other autobiogs by Helen Forrester.

I first read them when I was about 12 and I enjoyed re-reading them as an adult. A great way to find out and understand everyday poverty in the early to mid 20th century.

TamartorousBeastie Fri 23-Jan-09 13:46:20

Ballet Shoes.
The owl who was afraid of the dark.
Any/all roald Dahl

VersdeSociete Fri 23-Jan-09 14:08:48

Harriet the Spy

Middlemarch, George Eliot
Franny and Zooey, J D Salinger
Updike's Rabbit books

MKG Fri 23-Jan-09 14:19:34

Only one book

"Are you there God, It's me, Margaret"

mysecrets Fri 23-Jan-09 14:25:48

The Box of Delights, John Maesfield I loved that book.

Are You There God? It's me. Margaret, Judy Blume, helped me through pre-teen and early teen years.

Fantastic Mr Fox, just fab.

Burglar Bill.

Charlotte's Web, it was the first book that I just could not put down.

KerryMumbles Fri 23-Jan-09 14:31:00

older kids - Crime and Punishment

mrsruffallo Fri 23-Jan-09 14:37:30

Black Beauty
The Root Cellar
Pumpkin soup

LaTrucha Fri 23-Jan-09 16:19:38

The Phantom Tolbooth by Norton Juster - for every child and every adult. It's very funny!

sitdownpleasegeorge Fri 23-Jan-09 16:44:47

The Velveteen Rabbit

TsarChasm Fri 23-Jan-09 16:45:49

I loved the Phantom Tolbooth! Must get it for dc too.

Did anyone ever read The Ship that Flew? I dont know the author but I can remember it was a wonderful story when I was about 8.

BonsoirAnna Fri 23-Jan-09 16:46:50

Babar (the original 5 or 6 by Jean de Brunhoff).

cornsilk Fri 23-Jan-09 16:53:04

Kensuke's Kingdom
As much Roald Dahl as possible
Spike Milligan's poetry
The Iron Man
The turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler (I think that's it!)
Rose Blanche

PenelopePitstops Fri 23-Jan-09 17:02:13

The KAtie Morag books
Alfie and Annie Rose series
The Hungry Caterpillar
The tiger who came to tea

rachels103 Fri 23-Jan-09 17:11:41

All of the Narnia books - I read them again and again.

claireybrations Fri 23-Jan-09 18:01:54

Young Children: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

Older Children: Back Home by Michelle Magorian

tribpot Fri 23-Jan-09 18:16:26

All Narnia.
All The Dark Is Rising.
All Earthsea.
All Noel Streatfeild.
All Rowling.
All His Dark Materials (even tho, I'm not sure what a child would make of them, having only read as an adult).

For younger kids, the Gruffalo is simply a must have.

For adults? I think I would say Testament of Youth, That Lady, and the works of Jane Austen.

VersdeSociete Fri 23-Jan-09 18:38:42

Any woman ought to read the Woman's Room and some Marge Piercy...

VersdeSociete Fri 23-Jan-09 18:40:43

Mill on the floss
Passage to India
Jude the Obscure
To the Lighthouse

foxinsocks Fri 23-Jan-09 19:13:45

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf (about the best book for yr1 and 2 I reckon)

champagnesupernova Fri 23-Jan-09 19:24:39

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
A NEcklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken

nickytamoshantertwotimes Fri 23-Jan-09 19:35:59

Huckleberry Finn (sp?!) by Tom Sawyer.

Danny the Champion of the World
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory both RD of course.

Anne of Green Gables, um, can't remember author blush but I loved that one.

Charlotte's Web (with a box of tissues)

nickytamoshantertwotimes Fri 23-Jan-09 19:36:45

Oh, God, and Narnia.

SweetEm Fri 23-Jan-09 19:41:41

The "Little House" books - all of them. I've read them many times.

"Pippi Longstockings".

The "Narnia" books.

"Down with Skool" and the rest of the Molesworth books - hilarious.

As an adult - I love books by Margaret Atwood, Rose Tremain, Helen Dunmore.

lljkk Fri 23-Jan-09 19:48:48

I really don't like the title of this thread, reading should be a joy, not a "must".

MyEye Fri 23-Jan-09 20:08:52

TH White, Once and Future King/Mistress Masham's Repose
E Nesbit, The Enchanted Castle/Railway Children/Five Children and It

RiaParkinson Fri 23-Jan-09 21:03:18

lijkk perlease.....

RiaParkinson Fri 23-Jan-09 21:14:44

the perks of being a wallflower
the sea lady
good behaviour molly keane

Meglet Fri 23-Jan-09 21:22:07

The Phantom Toolbooth.
Box of Delights.

Califrau Fri 23-Jan-09 21:43:31

Plop, the Owl who was afraid of teh dark - Jill Tomlinson (the chapter book not the picture book as it isn't as good)

Washersaurus Fri 23-Jan-09 21:45:25


bigdeludedswainstrikesagain Fri 23-Jan-09 22:06:17

- The Haunting - Margaret Mahy
- The diary of Anne Frank
- Alice in Wonderland
- Fungus the Bogeyman
- His Dark Materials trilogy
- Gormenghast trilogy - Mervyn Peake
- A childs history of Noodle Island - Annette Tison & Taylor Talus

bigdeludedswainstrikesagain Fri 23-Jan-09 22:12:53

All adults should read Breakfast of Champions and Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

and The Blind Assasin Magaret Atwood

and The Magic Toyshop/ Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

shonaspurtle Fri 23-Jan-09 22:21:17

Witch Week - Diana Wynne Jones
Charmed Life - Diana Wynne Jones (Hell, all DWJ's books)
Hounds of the Morrigan - Pat O'Shea (I loved this at 10, a really quirky book with lots of visual jokes & it sparked an interest in Irish myth & legend)
The Little House books - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Willard Price's Adventure books (The reason that I know how to escape if a giant clam grabs your leg underwater. I still maintain that it'll come in handy one of these days.)
Song for a Dark Queen - Rosemary Sutcliff (She wrote wonderful tales of Roman Britain which really brought history alive <cliche alert>. This one's about Boudicca but they're all good. Outcast is another favourite.)
The Goalkeeper's Revenge - Bill Naughton (Master of the short story. These are fabulous)

I can't wait for ds to read some (all) of these. I'll be gutted if he doesn't love them as much as I did!

fishiedewar Fri 23-Jan-09 22:21:18

mervyn peake - child and adult books

family from one end street
milly molly mandy

fishiedewar Fri 23-Jan-09 22:22:29


rosamund lehman

RiaParkinson Fri 23-Jan-09 22:26:49

Mary Poppins great books

Fab film but great books first

IwishIwasamermaid Fri 23-Jan-09 22:51:25

I'm sorry to ask this, but was Mary Poppins a book? I honestly didn't know that! blush

weetimerousdizzybeastie Fri 23-Jan-09 23:41:14

The Hungry Catepillar and anything by Richard Scary smile

RiaParkinson Fri 23-Jan-09 23:50:31


It was a series of books iirc

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins comes back
Mary Poppins in th Park

wondering if there is one about Closes the door but need to look

weetimerousdizzybeastie Fri 23-Jan-09 23:51:50

All the Chronicles of Narnia
Anne of Green Gables and all the associated books

IwishIwasamermaid Fri 23-Jan-09 23:52:41

I didn't know that!

RiaParkinson Fri 23-Jan-09 23:54:37

Mary Poppins opens the door

WinkyWinkola Sat 24-Jan-09 07:24:50

All the Willard Price adventure stories.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

The Little Wooden Horse

Cannoball Simp

How Does a Czar Eat Potatoes

All the Asterix books

All the Tintin books

To Kill a Mockingbird

All the Maya Angelou books

morningpaper Sat 24-Jan-09 08:36:11

Tom's Midnight Garden

JulesJules Sat 24-Jan-09 08:42:02

Carbonel books - Barbara Sleigh
Tom's Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (and sequels) - Judith Kerr
Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
Anything by Rosemary Sutcliff, especially Eagle of the Ninth
Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books
Narnia books
His Dark Materials trilogy - Philip Pullman
Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
Anything by E Nesbit...

...and loads more...

Of course there is the tendency to just choose things you remember reading and loving as a child, all of the above except the Philip Pullmans fall into this category.

Hassled Sat 24-Jan-09 08:42:23

Charlotte Sometimes
The Selfish Giant

For adults:
The Great Gatsby
To Kill A Mockingbird
Brideshead Revisited

weetimerousdizzybeastie Sat 24-Jan-09 12:12:34

Goodnight Mr Tom - heartbreaking as it is its definately one that stuck in my mind from childhood

flamingtoaster Sat 24-Jan-09 12:51:12

Tom's Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce

MKG Sat 24-Jan-09 13:55:56

Just thought of another

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic

grouchyoscar Sat 24-Jan-09 17:40:14

Answer to both questions is simple

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

jtbgogogo Sat 24-Jan-09 18:08:36

Carrie's War
Blue Horse and Tilly
Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack
Dear Greenpeace
Under a War Torn Sky
Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot
Famous Five

for adults
The Time Travellers Wife

andlipsticktoo Sat 24-Jan-09 18:10:14

Mr Monday series by Garth Nix

Larklight by Philip Reeve (and someone else..)

The Edge Chronicles by Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Roald Dahl of course

CS Lewis

Dr Seuss

Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry

constancereader Sat 24-Jan-09 18:43:47

The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula le Guin

The Stone Book Quartet by Alan Garner

both for adults and children.

dominiccooperswife Sat 24-Jan-09 19:40:56

the velveteen rabbit
beaver towers and sequels by nigel hinton

mosschops30 Sat 24-Jan-09 20:08:21

OMG I remember Dogger, loved it as a child.

For girls: Any Judy Blume, how would we have got through puberty without her.

ds loves all the Mr. Men as I did when I was his age.

For adults: gotta be 'This Book will Change Your Life' by AM Holmes, by far the best book Ive ever read, in fact I wish I'd never given it away would love to read it again

stleger Sat 24-Jan-09 20:36:35

I still worry about the end of Dogger - will he be restored to his rightful owner!

Donk Sat 24-Jan-09 20:37:53

Another vote for the 'Weirdstone of Brisingamen', and its sequel, also 'Elidor' and 'The Owl Service':all by Alan Garner.

bluebump Sat 24-Jan-09 20:43:41

Someone just bought my 6 month old DS Dogger! As soon as my BIL came over he was so excited and sat and read it all over again. I've not read it yet but I must as it seems very popular here.

stleger Sat 24-Jan-09 21:41:54

Your heart will be in your mouth!

saadia Sat 24-Jan-09 22:04:37

My nomination for children is The Odyssey.

McRobi Sun 25-Jan-09 00:03:10

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harry Potter
Chronicles of Narnia

madhairjanuary Sun 25-Jan-09 14:31:08

aaarghhh this thread has made me go and spend ££s on amazon, thought we had most of the childrens classics but a few titles there had me longing for them...Gobolino the witches cat and Tom's midnight garden esp...
did anyone read Minnow on the Say? Can't remember the author. Lovely, just lovely.

Buckets Sun 25-Jan-09 18:36:43

Anything by Terry Pratchett - so much common sense and kindness-based ethics. Plus funny and great plots too.

lunavix Sun 25-Jan-09 21:24:23

Harry Potter

lunavix Sun 25-Jan-09 21:25:40

All the Diana Wynne Jones

All the Chronicles of Narnia

shubiedoo Mon 26-Jan-09 01:08:58

The Snowman and Fungus the Bogeyman, both by Raymond Briggs

Chocolatedays Mon 26-Jan-09 10:25:48

I'd like my child to read The No Cry Sleep Solution

Stig of the Dump
I loved a book called something like 'Jennifer, Hecate, [somebody] and me'.

Am drowning in nostalgia - The Box of Delights was magic. And Are You There God its Me Margaret a source of total intrigue aged 8. Why be desperate to get your period? Blubber was another one I read a zillion times.

Another all-time classic (kids and adult) - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. We're chatting about it tomorrow night in Bookclub - everyone welcome to join in...

Good idea to nominate books to miss out. Don't see the point of Spot the Dog at all.

HuwEdwards Mon 26-Jan-09 12:19:56

100 hahahahahaha!!!!

3 would be a minor fecking miracle...

SixSpot Mon 26-Jan-09 13:22:58

Watership Down - Richard Adams

IceCreamy Mon 26-Jan-09 14:44:34

The Gruffalo
very hungry caterpillar
the owl and the pussy cat

IceCreamy Mon 26-Jan-09 14:46:12

oops are mine too young?

for childhood in teens i loved Virginia Andrews books, and agree watership down,

for adults
The Haunting Shirley jackson
Catcher in the Rye. I read it over and over

BirdyArms Mon 26-Jan-09 19:54:06

My favourites as a child were:-

Milly Molly Mandy
What Katy Did
Ballet Shoes
Railway Children
1001 Dalmations
The family from one end street

As mostly a group of mothers we are going to be very girly in our choices. How would you make sure that there are enough books for biys represented?

SixSpot Mon 26-Jan-09 21:06:01

A good children's book is neither for boys nor girls.

Really, no book deserves to be nominated if it is only going to be enjoyed by one or the other!

RiaParkinson Mon 26-Jan-09 21:06:44

MillyMollyMandy HMMMMMM

My recollection of these is that although i loved them they had a very dull narrative style......

RiaParkinson Mon 26-Jan-09 22:22:01

Kingcup Cottage by racey helps

but that is for young children

do NOT get me started as that is my forté wink

blackrock Mon 26-Jan-09 22:38:38


Eric Carle - The Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed up Chameleon, Brown Bear, etc

Judith Kerr - The Tiger who came to Tea.

Michael Foreman - One World.
Boobela and the worm

Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aitkin

blackrock Mon 26-Jan-09 22:41:14

OOh Older

Holes Louis sachar?
The Northern Lights

Tom's Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce
The ordinary Princess MM Kaye

womblingfree Mon 26-Jan-09 23:00:41

Little-ish ones:
Gentle Giant - Michael Morpurgo

Forever - Judy Blume
Adrian Mole (1st 2) - Sue Townsend
Diary of a Teenage Health Freak

Oooh I remember The Family from One End Street - and also My Naughty Little Sister. Off to Amazon again (Tilly are you sure you're not being paid by them to start these sorts of threads grin?)

As I recall, all books were shared between me and my DB until I got to the 'ballet shoes' stage and he got into Terry Pratchet (and we have never seen eye to eye about anything much since then)

phdlife Tue 27-Jan-09 11:06:19

has everyone else already said "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

NormaJeanBaker Tue 27-Jan-09 11:08:31

I loved Catcher in the Rye when I was a teenager - and The Outsiders.

Are you up in the middle of the night again PhD grin?

phdlife Tue 27-Jan-09 11:13:21

the better to stalk you, squiggle grin

(actually no it's just after 9pm, even I'm allowed to stay up later than that! grin)

Frasersmum123 Thu 05-Feb-09 15:34:17

For Adults
Little Women
Of Mice and Men

For Children
Charlottes Web
Danny the Champion of the world.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Frasersmum123 Thu 05-Feb-09 15:37:21

Crime and Punishment is a great book

hellywobs Fri 22-May-09 14:50:37

I like George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell for little ones.

And I like The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, which was recently made into a film - I still have my old paperback of it! And The Silver Sword, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

8oreighty Wed 27-May-09 18:38:19

Charlotte's Web - kids
Pride and Prejudice - adults

toadstool Tue 02-Jun-09 22:51:08

These date me a bit - for pre-teens:

Alan Garner, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (about 11).

Leon Garfield, Smith. About the same age, maybe 9-11?

Stig of the Dump (still in print, got it for DD1,aged 7, but she's still a bit too young)

DD1 really wants to read stories about girls, not boys, and they're harder to find in the UK, but I remember loving the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series when I was 10-11.

The Silver Sword.

serin Thu 25-Jun-09 00:48:01

I am David, can't remember who wrote it but I remember the story so well.Seems to have been the forerunner to The boy in the striped pj's.

Also Private peaceful and Lord of the flies,
(my kids will be so depressed).

1Jules1 Sun 12-Jul-09 17:33:19

for pre-schoolers:

Slinky Malinky (great for reading out loud)

for primary/early high school:

Brendan Chase by BB
My Wildernesse Wildcats by Mike Tomkies
(set me off for a lifetime charging through woods and hills)

for older emotionally secure teenagers and adults:

Maus (graphic comic book about experiences during and after the holocaust) (not sure if I was emo sec when I read it - went thru piles of tissues)

MuffinToptheMule Tue 14-Jul-09 13:57:34

I can't believe that my favourite childhood book hasn't been mentioned. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I think I'm going to read it now.

Chinwag Tue 14-Jul-09 14:12:08

Elidor & Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner. Brilliant. Completely captured me as a child.

gill89 Tue 28-Jul-09 22:30:04


notimetoshop Tue 28-Jul-09 22:51:32

From my childhood:
I have, I can't believe this, just re-read the whole Dark is Rising series and they are brilliant! I was curious about why I liked them so much, I think they are just great adventure stories. (possibly 11yo)

Weirdstone of Brisingamen, same kind of deal.

The Phantom Tollbooth - funny

More recently: Skellig, v moving.

Oh wow, Wierdstone of Brisingamen - I'd forgotten all about that. fantastic book.

I was going to add for younger children
Peter Pan
Winnie the Pooh and
Wind in the Willows
to the list if they haven't already been mentioned.

For teenage girls, Jane Eyre and Little Women both really affected me when I was growing up.

Yurtgirl Sat 08-Aug-09 19:47:05

Bookmarking this thread for future refernce

sooey76 Mon 17-Aug-09 12:48:02

My 4 year old son loves slinky malinki, winnie the witch, very hungry caterpillar and the gruffalo, oh and five minutes peace, which was great for getting him to understand that sometimes I need some peace and quiet.

sken Tue 18-Aug-09 13:40:10

boy in the striped pyjamas

sflower Tue 25-Aug-09 17:07:35

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paddington21 Sat 12-Sep-09 20:23:32

what a fantastic thread!

winnie the witch is sheer brillance.
the charlie and lola books are a big hit with my preschoolers.
the very hungry caterpillar pop up is gorgeous.

i liked the lottie project by jacqueline wilson.
the worst witch.
hp- obviously!
his dark materials.

teenage girls i think judy blume, jane eyre.

older teenagers- the kite runner, 1984.

cant think off the top of my head but adult reads- the island and the time travelers wife- just fantastic i love this book so incredibly much. also rule of four is very well written.
yes i did do an english degree, love reading!

ravenAK Sat 12-Sep-09 20:33:38

All the Marlow books - Antonia Forest

fuzzybrainjo Thu 08-Oct-09 22:41:02

children's - Any of the Mr Gum books - hilarious.

or slightly older - Exodus -Julie Bertagna & Zenith (the sequel)

and it has to be To Kill a Mockingbird (everytime)

Snowfairy08 Mon 12-Oct-09 14:02:14


Ivykaty44 Mon 12-Oct-09 14:07:36

The Chrysalids
Twelth Night

Ivykaty44 Mon 12-Oct-09 14:11:41

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

I read this book in the summer, I certianly left home too many years ago.

finefatmama Sat 21-Nov-09 15:15:13

Strange Case of William Whipper-Snapper

shende18 Wed 25-Nov-09 19:49:16

My favourite book as a child was Pongwiffy - I loved it so much my Dad even pulled it out at my wedding!

mamamia74 Sat 28-Nov-09 22:00:30

Charlottes Web
Anne of Green Gables
To Kill a Mockingbird
Little Women

oak1 Thu 03-Dec-09 15:55:47

I'd go with Roald Dahl,

To Kill a Mocking Bird - agree with the posts of this book - a classic

And Dick King Smith books - Charlotte's Web

CookingUpaWonder Wed 03-Mar-10 13:32:36

For toddlers
where the wild things are recently re-penned by dave eggers for a film.

oliver jeffers books particularly the incredible book eating boy - they are all good

my adult read is a tough one but it has to be the road cormac mcarthy

(and anything by the king of hard boiled crime - jim thompson - for thrills the killer inside me - currently being filmed - and for laughs - pop 1280

mummywithoutaclue Fri 12-Mar-10 15:00:46

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

To Kill a Mocking Bird
Catch 22

porcamiseria Thu 18-Mar-10 21:41:27

Marianne Dreams

OMG I always remembered this creepy book from when I was a kid, and could never remember it! and here it is

purplepetunia Sat 03-Apr-10 22:10:23

childrens book My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell. I read this when I was 12 and desperately wanted to be part of the Durrrell clan.I still read it when I want some sunshine.
Adult Book Right Ho Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse. Just because it is so funny.Read it when you need some cheering up.

3inaboat Tue 06-Apr-10 13:35:02

The Magus (John Fowles)

The Hobbit (Tolkien)

wing82 Wed 07-Apr-10 21:00:42

So hard to choose but one of the books I loved reading when I was younger was The Once and Future King.
As an adult, Tess of the D'urbevilles, Wuthering Heights and Son's and Lovers.

2lovelykids Thu 08-Apr-10 23:21:14

Roald Dahl's Boy. Truly wonderful and brilliant at getting children to IMAGINE!!!

candiceb Tue 13-Apr-10 12:26:12

You can't beat Roald Dahl for the younger kids.
1984 and Lord of the flies might get the cogs turning for teenagers

Pozzled Mon 19-Apr-10 22:25:04

Anne of Green Gables
Homecoming- Cynthia Voigt (anyone else remember this one? The first of the Tillerman series)
His Dark Materials
The Secret Garden

MNHubbie Thu 06-May-10 23:44:32

Children & Young adults:

All Dahl especially Danny the Champion of the World but all of them.
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's child.
All Narnia
All Potter
All the original Thomas the Tank Engine (surprised they haven't been mentioned).
All Swallows and Amazons
All Pratchett (including Good Omens)
All Douglas Adams
When the Wind Blows
The Snowman
Batman: Year One
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1
Charlotte's Web
All of the Sandman books
Arrrgh this is difficult!

There are many, many more that they MUST read especially when older.


Slaughterhouse V and Breakfast of Champions
The Crow Road
Catch 22
Animal Farm
Any Asimov
Any Arthur C Clark
The Dark Knight Returns
I have no idea... I have so many I can normally just name.

the owl who was afriad of the dark
judy blume's forever
grimms fairy tales
the gruffalo
tracy beaker
all roald dahl
the worst witch
girl interrupted
some beatrix potter
mr and mrs pig's evening out
the enchanted wood
that's not my...series
horrible histories

MNHubbie Sun 09-May-10 18:30:09

Oh yes Horrible Histories and the old Osborne Science books too.

jessia Sun 09-May-10 18:42:24

One I don't think anyone has mentioned for teens is Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country. Still makes me cry.

Arewenearlythereyet2009 Tue 18-May-10 16:12:45

Where the Wild Things Are

The Twits

....dare I say the Twilight books? So they can learn about heartbreak and all the downsides of love?

Tanaz Mon 14-Jun-10 20:53:30

The little Prince(highly recommended for adults as well)
Around the world in 80 days (I loved this book it took me a whole summer to read but it was worth it)
The very hungry caterpillar (my little boy loves it)

TheFruitWhisperer Mon 28-Jun-10 20:45:20

Michael Rosens poetry
Its a film now but the book is fab : Freaky Friday
Dr Dolittle
Fantastic Mr Fox
When the Wind Blows (excellent message, still makes me cry!)

And I totally loved Arthur Conan Doyles short stories! Lots of ghosts and zombies!

TheFruitWhisperer Mon 28-Jun-10 20:46:32

Oh oh! The Worst Witch!

louisianablue2000 Fri 02-Jul-10 23:30:45

Since everyone else has put more than one wink

Preschool books:
Where the Wild Things Are
The Church Mouse (wonderful period illustrations)
The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Mrs Pepperpot
James and the Giant Peach (any book that starts with the parents being eaten by a rhino has to be good)
Alice In Wonderland
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Children of Green Knowe (you can actually go and visit Green Knowe)

The Pigman
The Twelfth Day of July
Anne Frank's Diary

since the OP has already chosen 100 years of solitude it has to be:
Pride and Prejudice OR
depending on your mood.

mandy005 Tue 06-Jul-10 20:29:04

I used to love the jolly postman - can't wait to read it with my daughter!

mumzy Wed 07-Jul-10 20:00:03

The Giant Jam Sandwich - children

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Adult

sailaboattvgal Wed 28-Jul-10 20:58:51

NONE- don't make your child read any book. Schools make children read a book. If that child is lucky enough to have a parent who loved, treasured and escaped into a book that child might still grow up to love reading - even if the first book they are MADE to read happens to be one they hate. Please parents, carers and grandparents (especially grandparents) don't make children read any books.

Talk to children about books you loved, accept they might not but with hope, encouragement and open-mindedness they may find one book they enjoy or even LOVE.

Take your children to the library. Encourage them to take 6 books. Don't worry if they are comic strip, too young; a picture book; too old, too .... too anything. Let them enjoy choosing, take them home, maybe only read one and take them back, confident that they can choose again.
Ah and yes I work in a library but my motivation for writing this is .. the desire to share the joy of reading for fun..... please don't MAKE your child read this summer .. unless they are about to do their GCSEs in which case.... MAKE them read the book now and not next JUNE - a week before the exam!

lyns2 Mon 09-Aug-10 21:37:54

For kids roald dahl or enid blyton. yes know she is out of fashion now with pc police but still a gd read.
Kids books I read again and again-
Little women
The silver sword
Anne of green gables
and when I hit the tricky teen years-
Jane eyre
wuthering heights
The rainbow
women in love
To kill a mockingbird

reptile Thu 12-Aug-10 07:34:15

Marianne Dreams
Little Women

Loonybird Fri 13-Aug-10 21:47:48

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i would love my children to read when they can read
the grufflo
going on a bear hunt
the hungery caterpillar
and when they are older
chronicles of narnia,
the serect garden,
to kill a mockingbird
the last 3 titles are my favourite even now i love to read them when im feeling down they cheer me up x

AliGrylls Fri 10-Sep-10 19:26:33

I would love DCs to read Roald Dahl but that is because I love the creepiness of his stories (his adults stories are a bit hard to digest though).

If they wanted a nicer read I would suggest Oliver Twist / A Christmas Tale.

Adult is harder. There are so many amazing books I don't know where to start. Portrait of Dorian Gray, Grapes of Wrath - actually anything by Oscar Wilde, John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens.

treacletart Fri 10-Sep-10 19:30:51

I've just read The Invention of Hugo Cabret because DS's junior school are structuring all their lessons around it at the moment - 'tis FABULOUS!. Scorcese's doing a film.

MrsSdownunder Fri 17-Sep-10 09:41:21

My daughter is 7 and I have just introduced her to Enid Blyton books. My mum read me the Magic Faraway Tree and I just loved it so now I'm passing the same enjoyment on to my daughetr.

Also recommend:
Black Beauty
Little Women
I Can Jump Puddles (Aussie classic)
The Magic Pudding
Possum Magic

Happy Reading.

OonaghBhuna Thu 18-Nov-10 17:04:48

The diary of Ann Frank, when they are old enough. I read it when I was 10.

Haribojoe Wed 22-Dec-10 14:31:38

Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and The Family from One End Street.

For adults it would be The Red Tent.

veryberry21 Tue 28-Dec-10 11:30:14

Harry Potter books are amazing. I read them myslef [fblush, my children all love them.
I know for pre-teen and young girls Cathy Cassidy is a good writer and my dd liked her very much around the ages of 10 and 11.
MrsSdownunder is rigth about Enid Blyton books, they are brilliant, pure joy and imagination.
For teens I'd have to say alot of Marlorie Blackman.

And for adults you have to read Stolen By Lucy Christoper, it's very gripping.

ah def little women

But i think i would recomend
Famous five (all enid blightgon books)
(brings out brill imagination)
Also the Chonicals of narnia for slightly older children...

Lonnie Sun 16-Jan-11 13:50:05

oh gosh

Winnie the poh

The Velveteen rabbit

Uncle Toms Cabin

Colyngbourne Tue 18-Jan-11 10:29:44

I'm not including adult books that I think children/teens should read before they leave home, or this list would be too long. I'm also not including books for very young children (picture books or Milly-Molly-Mandy etc). Other than Comet in Moominland and The Little Prince, they are books without illustration.

These are the books I would do my darnedest to ensure my kids had read in their childhood - top quality literature of a variety of genres and moods. I am loathe to leave out Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series or David Almond or lots of others I love - Nichols' The Tree That Sat Down - but if I had to reduce my shelf to the minimum top books for kids to read, this would be it. After the series of books, it's younger children rising to older YA reads.

His Dark Materials series – Philip Pullman
Narnia sequence – CS Lewis
Little House series – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Earthsea trilogy – Ursula le Guin

Comet in Moominland – Tove Jansson
The Secret Island/Naughtiest Girl in the School books – Enid Blyton
A Little Princess – FH Burnett
The Secret Garden – FH Burnett
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The Otterbury Incident – C. Day-Lewis
The Phantom Tolbooth – Norman Juster
The Machinegunners – Robert Westall
The Little Prince – Antoine de St-Exupery
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Charmed Life – Diana Wynne Jones
What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
Little Women – LM Alcott
The Silver Sword – Ian Serrailier
The Mouse and His Child – Russell Hoban
The Outsiders – SE Hinton
The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier
The Devil on the Road – Robert Westall
The Eclipse of the Century – Jan Mark
Fire & Hemlock – Diana Wynne Jones
Postcards from No Man’s Land – Aidan Chambers
Red Shift – Alan Garner

notheroldie Tue 18-Jan-11 10:53:31

Adult :
Paddy Clark HaHaHa by Roddy Doyle. (and all his others)

J.P. Donleavy "Onion Eaters"

Go Ask Alice, (blimey I was amazed any one other than me read it!)

All Allan Ahlberg books. e.g Jolly Postman, Each Peach Pear Plum, his range is from first book up to teens. Fabulous man!!

One I bet nobody has ever heard of is "Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady". My boys love it.

merryone Thu 20-Jan-11 14:35:12

Everything written by Rosemary Sutcliff for children, starting with Eagle of the Ninth.
You will be as enthralled as your children if you read the books to/with them.

RachyS Sat 22-Jan-11 18:21:43

Children: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Adult: Katherine by Anya Seton

RachyS Sat 22-Jan-11 18:22:48

And for teenage girls/11ish: swallows and amazons, little women, anne of green gables, little house on the prairie

CDMforever Tue 25-Jan-11 22:45:53

Teenage - The Catcher in the Rye
Adult - A Prayer for Owen Meany

kirriemummy Thu 27-Jan-11 23:32:36

I can't wait to see what my one year old will reccommend to me!


His dark Materials

The Dark Is Rising

A Stitch in Time

The Secret Garden

Ballet Shoes

The Chalet School

Harry Potter

For love of a horse

Noughts and crosses

The Moonstone

Uncle Toms garden

Back Home

I could go on!

kirriemummy Thu 27-Jan-11 23:33:17

Oooh And Little women and what katy did! I really could go on!

manicbmc Thu 27-Jan-11 23:36:33

I think most of the ones I would recommend have been mentioned.

How about 'The Saturdays' by Elizabeth Enright?

Also anything by E. Nesbitt.

LoopyLoopsPoopaScoop Thu 27-Jan-11 23:37:31

Momo, by Michael Ende.
Moonfleet, JM Faulkner
Many of the above.

Strawbs85 Fri 18-Feb-11 11:09:43

For little ones how about:-

Home for a Bunny
The Gruffalo
Hungry Caterpiller

embles76 Sat 19-Feb-11 22:26:32

to both questions: To Kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee A wonderful, wonderful book

Greenwing Sat 19-Feb-11 22:36:08

Winnie the Pooh (actually suitable for much older children due to the dry humour and word play)
Just William
The Hobbit
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (and all the Chronicles of Narnia)

earwicga Sat 19-Feb-11 22:45:37

Difficult to focus on MUST reads. I can only come up with three and all have been said on this list -

The Women's Room by Marilyn French

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Anne Frank's Diary

earwicga Sat 19-Feb-11 22:47:37

Also, Hiroshima by John Hersey

goosiegander Sun 27-Mar-11 12:59:33

Mixed Up Fairy Tales - Hilary Robinson/Nick Sharratt
You Choose - Pippa Goodhart
Blitzed - Robert Swindells
The Sterkarm Handshake - Susan Prince

Colyngbourne Mon 28-Mar-11 23:14:18

Oh yes, The Sterkarm Handshake and A Sterkarm Kiss - utterly brilliant: Per and Andrea.

complexnumber Sun 23-Oct-11 11:41:57

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is massively popular round these parts. I would say it's the 12/13/14 year olds reading it and equally popular with boys and girls.

funnyperson Thu 10-Nov-11 17:07:16

october sky
animal farm
to kill a mockingbird
children of green knowe
the secret garden

racingheart Fri 11-Nov-11 20:12:17

Snail and the Whale
The Silver Sword
To Kill A Mockingbird
Blackhearts in Battersea
Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Animal Farm
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
How To Be Topp
Just William
The Thief Lord
Charlotte's Webb
Mr Gum
Alex Rider
The Firework Maker's daughter
The Phantom Tollbooth
Winnie the pooh
Chronicles of Narnia
Alice in Wonderland

toptramp Fri 22-Jun-12 12:41:30

To kill a Mocking Bird
Chronicles of Narnia
Any Roald Dahl Books

sophieontheinternet Wed 04-Jul-12 10:15:13

I'd add Earthsea as well. It's the kind of grown-up writing for kids that will help their language AND that they'll remember forever.

sas1879 Fri 06-Jul-12 22:36:51

Well every toddler should know the joys of,each peach pear plum,peepo,the very hungry caterpiller,the jolly postman,funnybones,burgalar bill, rainbow fish and owl babies.

Shagmundfreud Sun 15-Jul-12 23:09:37

The Little House on the Prairie
Charlotte's Webb
Dr Dog

Hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy grin

Oh, and Anna Karenina

Elainey1609 Thu 19-Jul-12 14:20:21

To kill a mockingbird
I knwo its obvious ----but harry potter series is a must (it inspired a generation to get reading again)
Oliver Twist
Mid summers night dream
Royal dahl-----Matilda being a favorite
about a boy
marley and me

For the younger children....peter rabbit series, and paddinton bear

BonnieBumble Thu 19-Jul-12 14:20:54


minimuffin Tue 24-Jul-12 23:10:41

For children - the Little House on the Prairie books, a family story and an adventure story, it captured my imagination and has never left me. I always felt sad for Laura after she got married though - her life never seemed quite as exciting again. Wish i had a daughter to give them to although will definitely read the early ones to my boys and see what they make of them.

And for little children Where The Wild Things Are. How do you say so much in so few words? It's amazing and and seems to strike such a chord with children. Lynley Dodd also writes beautifully - we have loved the Hairy Maclary stories

For adults I don't know - I still can't tell anyone what my favourite book is even though I LURVE reading, will mull it over whilst reading 50 shades (which should not be on the list...)

minimuffin Tue 24-Jul-12 23:17:00

And the Moomins - absolutely magical. And Little Women - sobbed for hours after Beth died and every time I read it afterwards and still would if I read it again, though haven't been able to look at that bit since having children... (gulp)

Dozer Mon 10-Sep-12 22:14:13

The Stepford Wives

melodyangel Mon 10-Sep-12 22:41:48

For teens - anything and everything by Douglas Adams

For little ones - Oliver Jeffers about a boy books

For new readers - All Dahl esp. the twits, and loved the Mr gum books

For confident readers - Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Peeenut Fri 14-Sep-12 17:52:04

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
It's a beautiful book and one of the best I've read this year. I'd say it's suitable from year 6 up, depending on maturity, or disposition. Word of warning, it deals with death and is very sad.

Holes - Louis Sachar
Trash - Andy Mulligan

Harry Potter series (DD1 is 8 and she is almost finished)
Terry Pratchett

greenhill Tue 16-Oct-12 18:55:14

The Velveteen Rabbit
The Mousehole Cat
The Wizard of Oz
Black Beauty
Swallows and Amazons
The Railway Children
Peter Pan
The Water Babies
The Flower Fairies Treasury
The Wind in the Willows
The original Thomas the Tank stories by The Rev. W. Awdry
anything by Shirley Hughes
anything by the Ahlbergs (especially Each Peach Pair Plum and Peepo)
anything by Emma Chichester Clark (Blue Kangaroo series and Alice in Wonderland)
anything by Julia Donaldson
anything by Dick King-Smith
anything by Debi Gliori
anything by Oliver Jeffers
anything by Emily Gravett

Swallows & Amazons and the rest of the series
All Narnia series
The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings
The December Rose
Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Moon of Gomroth
Box of Delights
Tom's Midnight Garden
The Midnight Folk
Goodnight Mister Tom
All the Green Knowe books by Lucy M Boston
Five Children and It
Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor
The Way to Sattin Shore
What Katy Did
Little Women and the rest of the series
Anything by Roald Dahl
The Borrowers
The Railway Children
Z for Zachariah
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Moomins
Old Possums's Book of Practical Cats
Wind in the Willows
Winnie the Pooh
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
A Stitch in Time
Playing Beattie Bow
Archer's Goon
Lord of the Flies
His Dark Materials

Oh, so many fantastic books for children!

bimblebee Tue 30-Oct-12 18:02:53

Anything by Roald Dahl.
Alice in Wonderland
Z for Zachariah
Curious Incident of Dog in the Night-time

PassportHell Thu 29-Nov-12 19:18:31

For those being recommended ANY or ALL Roald Dahl books, please avoid Switch Bitch and Uncle Oswald, "the greatest fornicator of all time".

sparklyjumper Sat 01-Dec-12 19:38:53

Beaver Towers
Find the White Horse
The Great Elephant Chase

I would say anything by Roald Dahl or Dick King Smith but suppose they've been done.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 30-Dec-12 14:29:08

If I am actually going to lit myself to just one it would be Goodnight Mister Tom. Every adult should read it too.

Happiestinwellybobs Sun 30-Dec-12 14:51:13

White Boots by Noel Streatfeild or The Secret Garden & A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

aladdinsane Sun 30-Dec-12 14:55:21

Young children - hairy maclary
Older children and adults - his dark materials

Adults - the grapes of wrath
To kill a mocking bird
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
Wild swans
The poison wood bible

motherto4 Wed 02-Jan-13 17:22:38

Would still recommend Enid Blyton despite the reputation of her books nowadays, enjoyed her books as a child.

For very young the Winnie The Witch series are brilliant loved by girls and boys. Charlie and Lola also. Little girl lived reading this book repeatedly. Practically learned how to read because of it! Dr Suess books are also brilliant.

Wizard of Earthsea trilogy. I wish I read these when I was younger!

julesh123 Fri 01-Feb-13 09:16:11

The Jolly Postman - a fantastic interactive book

Brenti Sat 02-Feb-13 12:34:14

Loss De Plott, The Colour Red by Stephan J
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Cooroo Sun 10-Mar-13 14:08:37

My DD (16) loves books but is not a big reader, so i read loads of books to her over the years - all Narnia, Harry Potter and His Dark Materials. Tom's Midnight Garden. Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Roger Lancellyn Green's Tales of Troy and Adventures of Robin Hood. Several of the Willard Pryce Adventure stories.

Miss it! And last night had the fun of eavesdropping as she read one of those awful Fairy books to the girl she was babysitting for (over the baby monitor before we went out with the parents!). Lovely sense of completing the circle.

gmrlegal Sat 23-Mar-13 14:55:47

A must read for children are Roald Dahl's books for beautiful description and narration.

sukysue Mon 25-Mar-13 20:29:21

Agree with The Silver Sword a brilliant book.

sukysue Mon 25-Mar-13 20:30:35

Oh and Shadow the sheepdog.

ByTheWay1 Mon 25-Mar-13 20:44:51

Little Women and the sequels for older kids.

Wild Swans - I cried and cried at this recount of life over 3 generations in China - a stunning book.

starfield Thu 28-Mar-13 17:12:36

Can't even begin to think about adults but here's a quick skim of children's.

'A wrinkle in time' by Madelaine l'Engle
Little Women, The Little Princess, Black Beauty, What Katy Did
Chalet School series
The Selfish Giant
Are you my mother? (Seuss)
Applebough and Ballet Shoes (Streatfield)
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
The Little White Horse
The Princess and Curdie
Almost Fifteen (Beverley Cleary)
Tom's Midnight Garden
Stepping Heavenwards
The Magician's Nephew
The Borrowers
The Children of Green Knowe
Anne of Green Gables and The Blue Castle (L.M. Montgomery)
The house held up by trees (Jon Klassen)

There will be more!!!

starfield Thu 28-Mar-13 17:13:07

Oh also Little House on the Prairie

Glad to see Alan garner has made lots of people's lists. I would add books by Rosemary Sutcliffe. I also really enjoyed Rumer Godden's books, though I got a bit of a fright when my granny gave me 'The Peacock Spring' to read when I was 11. Nina Bawden is also excellent.

stewartlaura67 Tue 25-Jun-13 12:43:07

DS loves Roald Dahl's books.

yorkshirerose270 Wed 24-Jul-13 17:27:20

Children - The classics - Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women. All by Usborne books for young readers. My daughter was eight when she read them.

Adults- Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey.

Dibbleofficer Wed 24-Jul-13 22:03:49

The Silver Sword
Stig of the Dump
Mrs frisbee and the rats of Nihm
Wide awake jake

edwardrocks Wed 24-Jul-13 22:18:03

Ballet Shoes and White Boots both by Noel Steatfield.
Where the Wild things are.
The Borrowers.
All the Narnia books

Dibbleofficer Wed 24-Jul-13 22:18:31

All Leon Garfield is magical

edwardrocks Wed 24-Jul-13 22:23:07

I also loved Lois Duncan books in my early teens. My Mum used to read them too. Dd is enjoying the Grunts by Philip Ardagh

RoxyFox211 Sun 28-Jul-13 20:16:32

Raspberries On The Yangtze

The Catcher In The Rye

AlexGG Wed 07-Aug-13 14:34:45

any Roald Dahl book but especially Matilda and The Twits – they were the two that I loved the most.

also teenagers should definitely give Wuthering Heights a go – a much better love triangle than Twilight!

JustAshamed Wed 07-Aug-13 22:28:50

Skulduggery Pleasant series

For first chapter books - all the Anna Hibiscus books by Atinuke - brilliant for both boys and girls and give a beautiful and funny insight into African culture with lovely illustrations too.

For older kids - The Dark is Rising series by Suan Cooper - still love these and look forward to DCs being old enough for them.

For adults - very difficult to pick, but have recently enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Midnight and the Meaning of Love by Sister Souljah, both for the way they give a view into a different world. Also love everything ever written by Dick Francis - not deep or anything that is going to shift your world view, but the best for pure entertainment value.

Carole803 Mon 12-Aug-13 17:50:03

Anne of green gables. Slightly nauseating, but some lovely ideas on managing some of life's obstacles.

sagfold Wed 14-Aug-13 22:36:19

The Elephant and the Bad Baby.

The Quangle Wangle.

The Book of Beasts.

A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snickett.

sagfold Wed 14-Aug-13 22:37:03

Arthur's Tractor - a modern classic.

PinkCinderella Wed 11-Sep-13 17:55:50

Shirley Hughes children's books for pre-schoolers
Not sure myself about Roald Dahl - some racist, sexist undertones
Little Pete Stories

Adults - - Muriel Spark is fine and enjoyable writer somewhat underrated I think - but my only advice is read to enjoy and share the delight with your children - read to them often even when they can read for themselves

samlamb Wed 11-Sep-13 22:13:51
Shruti04 Tue 29-Oct-13 11:49:17

Comics book and story books should be read by every child. Now a days, many interesting topics are there for kids that they can get information about that.

Glitterfeet Mon 30-Dec-13 21:35:12

I was going to post that Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo hadn't been mentioned but I see it just has.

buzzy1 Tue 07-Jan-14 21:50:00

The tiger who came to tea, and anything by the Ahlbergs e.g burglar bill

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wiltingfast Tue 14-Jan-14 12:21:35

Hmm, seems to me this is just a list of books people liked!

I think the question was what books should your darlings read before they leave home?

ie books that are "good" for them in some way? not sure what qualifies

Maybe we should ask what books and why?

maybe i'm taking this too seriously

DiamondintheRough Fri 24-Jan-14 13:08:25

The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) made me view my life in much greater perspective.
Jane Eyre is the ultimate feminist icon.

DiamondintheRough Fri 24-Jan-14 13:11:13

As for children's books...

Holes by Louis Sachar is inspiring but subversively anti-authority
And for those children who enjoy a good scare, 'The Deptford Mice' and the 'Whitby Witches' trilogy kept me awake at night, shaking under my duvet. There was a bit of a craze for them end of primary school.

glentorres Wed 29-Jan-14 10:59:52


are one of the best ones I can advice

Hellefrog Tue 11-Mar-14 08:51:18

Kes is wonderful
Maybe a bit dated, but I'm sure there are still PE teachers who want to be football stars and Mum's who have to leave for work before their kids...

nutcasenan Wed 12-Mar-14 15:24:02

Little Women, yes, yes, yes but Good Wives must be read as an immediate sequel. I have read a multitude of books but never have I gained so much pleasure as from those two books. However, Gone With the Wind, War and Peace and Great Expectations are runners up.

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