50 books every child should read before their 16th birthday

In honour of one of our favourite days of the year, World Book Day, Sainsburys have created a list of the top 50 books for children – and oh, what a wonderful list it turned out to be!

Unsurprisingly, classic children’s author Roald Dahl topped the list with Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, whilst Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland came in second.

However, further down the list, there’s a perfect mixture of old meets new, with authors like Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stevenson sitting side by side with J.K Rowling and Philip Pullman. Whatever your favourite childhood tale is, it’s probably in the top 50 somewhere!

Psst! Don’t forget to enter our World Book Day competition to win a family stay at Alton Towers Resort!

Here’s the full list – how many have you and your children read?

1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
2. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
4. Winnie The Pooh – A.A.Milne
5. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
6. James and The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
7. The BFG – Roald Dahl
8. A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
9. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
12. Matilda – Roald Dahl
13. The Railway Children – E. Nesbit
14. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
15. Five on a Treasure Island – Enid Blyton
16. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
18. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
19. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

21. Watership Down – Richard Adams
22. The Hobbit – J.R.Tolken
23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
24. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ – Sue Townsend
26. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
27. The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss
28. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson-Burnett
29. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
30. The Twits – Roald Dahl
31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
33. Anne of Green Gables – L.M.Montgomery
34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
35. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss
36. The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
37. Bambi- Felix Selten
38. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce
39. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
40. Funny Bones – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

41. Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
42. Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
44. The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
45. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
47. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
48. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
49. Curious George – H.A.Ray
50. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

What is your favourite children’s book of all time? Leave us a comment and let us know!