Children's laureates choose their classics

<p>Just William, Stuart Little and Mary Poppins have beaten Harry Potter in being named the greatest children&#39;s books of all time.</p><p>The boy wizard was not chosen for the Laureates&#39; Table, a new promotion at Waterstone&#39;s that is part of the 10th anniversary of the Children&#39;s Laureate. Children&#39;s laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen each selected seven books but have favoured the classics over the modern era. Only five of the 35 books selected were published during the last 20 years.</p><p>Sarah Clarke, Waterstone&rsquo;s children&rsquo;s buying manager, said: &quot;I&rsquo;m sure it will be a surprise to many that the list does not include more recent bestsellers like J.K. Rowling&rsquo;s Harry Potter. But it&rsquo;s great to see the Laureates choosing some timeless greats like The Railway Children and Just So Stories and introducing them to a new generation of readers &ndash; that&rsquo;s what the laureates are all about&rsquo;.&quot;</p><p>The 1930s was seen as the classic decade for children&#39;s fiction, with seven titles, including <em>Sword in the Stone</em> by T.H. White, <em>Ballet Shoes</em> by Noel Streatfeild and P.L. Travers&rsquo;s <em>Mary Poppins</em> making the cut. Jacqueline Wilson said of Mary Poppins: &quot;I would love to be Mary Poppins, admired by everyone, totally in control, never turning a hair even when flying through the air with her carpet bag and parrot-headed umbrella.&quot;</p><p>The most popular authors with two picks each are E. Nesbit for <em>Five Children</em> and It (chosen by Blake) and <em>The Railway Children</em> (chosen by Wilson), and Robert Louis Stevenson for <em>A Child&rsquo;s Garden of Verses</em> (chosen by Fine), and <em>Treasure Island</em> (chosen by Morpurgo). Morpurgo said of <em>Treasure Island</em>: &quot;This was the first proper book I read for myself. Jim Hawkins was the first character in a book I identified with totally. I was Jim Hawkins. I lived Treasure Island as I read it. And I loved it. Still do. Wish I&rsquo;d written it!&quot;</p><p>The Laureates&#39; Table was inspired by Waterstone&#39;s Writer&#39;s Table, where authors such as Sebastian Faulks and Nick Hornby selected the titles that influenced their work. The Laureates&#39; Table will be on dispaly at selected Waterstone&#39;s stores and at waterstones.com until June 3rd, with handwritten thoughts explaining the choices accompanying each book. <br /><br />The full list of titles on The Laureates&rsquo; Table is as follows:<br /><br />Chosen by Quentin Blake: <br /><br />1. <em>Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain</em> by Edward Ardizzone (published 1936)<br /><br />2. <em>Queenie the Bantam</em> by Bob Graham (1997)<br /><br />3. <em>The Box of Delights</em> by John Masefield (1935)<br /><br />4. <em>Rose Blanche</em> by Ian McEwan and Roberto Innocenti (1985)<br /><br />5. <em>Five Children and It</em> by E. Nesbit (1902)<br /><br />6. <em>Snow White</em> by Josephine Poole (1991)<br /><br />7. <em>Stuart Little</em> by E.B. White (1945)<br /><br />Chosen by Anne Fine:<br /><br />8. <em>The Wolves of Willoughby Chase</em> by Joan Aiken (1963)<br /><br />9. <em>Absolute Zero</em> by Helen Cresswell (1978)<br /><br />10. <em>Just William</em> by Richmal Crompton (1922)<br /><br />11. <em>Journey to the River Sea</em> by Iva Ibbotson (2001)<br /><br />12. <em>Lavender&rsquo;s Blue</em> by Kathleen Lines (1954)<br /><br />13. <em>A Child&rsquo;s Garden of Verses</em> by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)<br /><br />14. <em>Sword in the Stone</em> by T.H. White (1938)<br /><br />Chosen by Michael Morpurgo:<br /><br />15. <em> Five Go to Smuggler&rsquo;s Top</em> by Enid Blyton (1945)<br /><br />16. <em>Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel</em> by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)<br /><br />17. <em>Oliver Twist</em> by Charles Dickens (1838)<br /><br />18. <em>Just So Stories</em> by Rudyard Kipling (1902)<br /><br />19. <em>A Book of Nonsense</em> by Edward Lear (1846)<br /><br />20. <em>Treasure Island</em> by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)<br /><br />21. <em>The Happy Prince</em> by Oscar Wilde (1888)<br /><br />Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson:<br /><br />22. <em>Little Women</em> by Louisa May Alcott (1868-9)<br /><br />23. <em>A Little Princess</em> by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)<br /><br />24. <em>What Katy Did</em> by Susan Coolidge (1872)<br /><br />25. <em>The Family From One End Street</em> by Eve Garnett (1937)<br /><br />26. <em>The Railway Children </em>by E. Nesbit (1906)<br /><br />27. <em>Ballet Shoes</em> by Noel Streatfeild (1936)<br /><br />28. <em>Mary Poppins</em> by P.L. Travers (1934)<br /><br />Chosen by Michael Rosen:<br /><br />29. <em>Clown </em>by Quentin Blake (1995)<br /><br />30. <em>The Diary of a Young Girl</em> by Anne Frank (1947)<br /><br />31. <em>Emil and the Detectives</em> by Erich K&auml;stner (1928)<br /><br />32. <em>Not Now, Bernard</em> by David McKee (1980)<br /><br />33. <em>Fairy Tales</em> by Terry Jones (1981)<br /><br />34. <em>Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear</em> by Andy Stanton (2008)<br /><br />35. <em>Daz 4 Zoe</em> by Robert Swindells (1990)</p>