Top Children’s Books for World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day Sainsbury’s commissioned a survey to find the ‘Top 50 Books Every Child Should Read By 16’. The survey aimed to find the ultimate children’s reading list and encourage bedtime reading. And while there are plenty of great books listed we noticed some of our favourites were missing.

As you can never have too many book recommendations, we asked around the office and on social media and put together our own list of 25 books we think are brilliant and that everyone should read before they are 16 (but you’ll still enjoy at any age):


David Almond- Skellig

Malorie Blackman- Noughts and Crosses

John Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Antony Brown- Voices in the Park

Melvin Burgess- Junk

Julia Donaldson- The Gruffalo

Neil Gaiman- The Graveyard Book

Alan Garner- The Owl Service

John Green- The Fault in Our Stars

Shirley Hughes- Dogger

Eva Ibbotson- Journey to the River

Oliver Jeffers- The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Jon Klassen- I Want my Hat Back

Harper Lee- To Kill a Mockingbird

Michelle Magorian- Goodnight Mr Tom

Michael Morpurgo- Private Peaceful

George Orwell- Animal Farm

Louise Rennison- Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging

Meg Rosoff- How I Live Now

Louis Sacher- Holes

Dodie Smith- I Capture the Castle

Lemony Snicket- A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mildred D. Taylor- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Dianna Wynn-Jones- Howl’s Moving Castle

Markus Zusak- The Book Thief

If you think we’ve missed anything out let us know!

2 thoughts on “Top Children’s Books for World Book Day

  1. The Fib. Flat Stanley. Mr and Mrs Hay The Pantomime Horse. These would be in my top ten books for anyone!

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