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...

Swallows & Amazons and the rest of the series
All Narnia series
The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings
Elidor
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
Heidi
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
Kes
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
Heidi
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

alteredimages Sun 16-Jun-13 21:48:47

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
Smith

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

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