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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...

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

Hiya

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

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