Dahl’s Charlie tops Sainsbury's list of books kids 'should read'

Dahl’s Charlie tops Sainsbury's list of books kids 'should read'

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin) is the book parents most think their children should read before the age of 16, according to a survey from supermarket Sainsbury's.

Sainsbury’s asked 2,000 parents which 50 books children should read by the time they are 16 to celebrate World Book Day, which is taking place this Thursday (5th March).

After Charlie… the next most popular book was Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, followed by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis in third. In fourth and fifth place were two more children’s classics – Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

The top 50 also includesbooks by modern writers, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling coming in at number 12 and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne at number 33.

Mavis Sarfo from Sainsbury’s Book Team said: "The 50 books show a much-cherished collection of some of the finest children’s writing that has delighted readers and transported them to other worlds for generations. It’s fantastic to see that so many parents get involved in reading bedtime stories by putting on character voices and wearing costumes to bring characters to life. Encouraging children to role play through dressing up and becoming ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Elsa from "Frozen"’ is crucial in developing imaginations from an early age and a love of reading."

The supermarket also asked parents about their favourite children’s book characters. The top five (out of 20) were in order: Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh, The Hungry Caterpillar, Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine.

This week Sainsbury’s is hosting "make believe" events in store to promote reading, including setting up reading corners to encourage children to pick up a book.

The list of 50 books children should read by age 16:

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Winnie The Pooh - A A Milne
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
James and The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
The BFG - Roald Dahl
A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – J K Rowling
Matilda - Roald Dahl
The Railway Children - E Nesbit
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Charlotte's Web - E B White
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
Watership Down - Richard Adams
The Hobbit - J R R Tolken
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 and 3/4 - Sue Townsend
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson-Burnett
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
The Twits – Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L Frank Baum
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne
Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery
The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr Seuss
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Bambi - Felix Selten
Tom's Midnight Garden - Phillipa Pearce
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Funny Bones - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Carrie's War - Nina Bawden
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
The Magician's Nephew - C S Lewis
The Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
The Story of Doctor Dolittle - Hugh Lofting
The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Curious George - H A Ray
Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The top 20 best-loved children’s book characters:

Winnie the Pooh
The Hungry Caterpillar
Postman Pat
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Gruffalo
Harry Potter
Mr Men
Peter Rabbit
Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Peter Pan
Alice in Wonderland
Willy Wonka
Mog the Cat
Toad from The Wind in the Willows

The survey was conducted by Census Wide and polled 2,000 parents in February 2015.