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Top 40 Children’s Books of all Time

A ‘love of books’ is one of the best legacies you can pass on to your child.

Below we have listed the Top 40 Children’s Books of all Time…. how many of them can you remember reading ?

If you have grown up loving a good book, you will know the huge benefits and pleasure that reading brings.

So strap yourself in for some serious nostalgia and hopefully some inspiration, as we share…

The top 40 children’s books of all time

top 40 children's books of all time

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar– Eric Carle

2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy– Lynley Donald

3. Possum Magic– Mem Fox

4. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt– Michael Rosen

5. Where Is The Green Sheep– Mem Fox

6. Green Eggs and Ham– Dr Seuss

7. Where The Wild Things Are– Maurice Sendak

8. The Harry Potter Series– J.K Rowling

9. Rainbow Fish– Marcus Pfister

10. The Gruffalo – Alex Scheffler

11. Diary Of A Wombat – Jackie French


top 40 children's books of all time

12 Guess How Much I Love You– Sam McBratney

13. Animalia– Graham Base

14. Where’s Spot?– Eric Hill

15. Dear Zoo– Rod Campbell

16. Who Sank The Boat?– Pamela Allen

17. Oh, The Places You’ll Go– Dr Seuss

18. Paddington– Michael Bond

19. Wombat Stew – Marcia K Vaughan

20. Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson

21. Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae

22. There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake – Hazel Edwards


top 40 children's books of all time

23. Harry the Dirty Dog– Gene Zion

24. The Hunger Games Series– Suzanne Collins

25. Very Cranky Bear– Nick Bland

26. Are You My Mother? – P.D Eastman

27. The Day The Crayons Quit– Drew Daywalt

28. Pig The Pug– Aaron Blabey

29. Edward the Emu– Sheena Knowles

30. Each Peach Pear Plum– Allan Ahlberg

31. Wonky Donkey– Craig Smith

32. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe– C.S Lewis

33. Matilda– Roald Dahl


top 40 children's books of all time

34. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes – Mem Fox

35. Charlotte’s Web– E.B White

36. Koala Lou– Mem Fox

37. The Tiger Who Came To Tea– Judith Kerr

38. The BFG– Roald Dahl

39. The Fault In Our Stars– John Green

40. The Magic Faraway Tree– Enid Blyton

How many of these have you read?

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