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100 Brilliant Books To Tempt Your Reluctant Reader

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An easy place to start is the list of 100 books from the Books Trust voted on by the Great British Public.

A book challenge list has the advantage that lots of the books are easy and can bolster your child’s confidence.  Click here for advice on finding your child’s reading level and picking which ones to start with…

Or you could try the 100 Kids Books Scratch Off Bucket List.

It’s lovely but quite pricy (£12 ish).

 

Here is the list if you fancy ticking them off (a lot are out of copyright so you can get the ebook for free at Gutenberg.org):

  1. Charlottes Web – E. B. White, 1952
  2. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, 1843
  3. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter, 1902
  4. The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss, 1957
  5. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien, 1937
  6. Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery,1908
  7. The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins, 2008
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, 1960
  9. Winne The Pooh – A. A. Milne, 1926
  10. Fairytales – Christian Jackson
  11. The Little Mermaid – C.A. Reitzel, 1836
  12. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling, 1997
  13. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Louis, 1950
  14. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle, 1969
  15. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Bernard Sendak, 1963
  16. The BFG – Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, 1982
  17. His Dark Materials – Sir Philip Pullman, 1995
  18. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket, 1999
  19. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame, 1908
  20. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie, 1911
  21. Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans, 1939
  22. The Snowman – Raymond Redvers Briggs, 1978
  23. The Jolly Postman – Janet and Allen Ahlberg, 1986
  24. The Famous Five – Enid Mary Blyton, 1942
  25. The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton, 1943
  26. Father Christmas – Raymond Briggs, 1973
  27. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss, 1960
  28. Matilda – Roald Dahl, 1988
  29. Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney, 1994
  30. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling, 1894
  31. The Princess And The Pea – Hans Christian, 1835
  32. A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond, 1958
  33. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon, 2003
  34. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1865
  35. The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Judith Kerr, 1968
  36. The 101 Dalmatians – Walt Disney, 1961
  37. Pippi Long Stocking – Astrid Lindgren, 1945
  38. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883
  39. Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl, 1970
  40. Five Children and It – E. Nesbit, 1902
  41. The Sword in the Stone – T. H. White, 1938
  42. Watership Down – Richard Adams, 1972
  43. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson, 1999
  44. Good Night Mr. Tom – Michelle Magorian, 1981
  45. Grimm’s Fairytales – Jakob‎ and ‎Wilhelm Grimm, 1812-1858
  46. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson, 1991
  47. Horrid Henry – Francesca Simon, 1994
  48. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams, 1922
  49. Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats, 1962
  50. Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown, 1947
  51. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein, 1964
  52. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater,1938
  53. The Story of Barbar the Little Elephant – Jean de Brunhoff, 1931
  54. The Lorax – Dr. Seuse, 1981
  55. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy, 1974
  56. Granny – Anthony Horowitz, 1994
  57. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling, 2003
  58. The Doll People – Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, 2003
  59. The Mennyms – Sylvia Waugh, 1995
  60. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911
  61. The Owl and The Pussycat – Edward Lear, 1871
  62. Stig of the Dump – Clive King, 1963
  63. Heidi – Johanna Spyri, 1880
  64. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly – Simms Taback, 1997
  65. Elmer – David McKee, 1989
  66. Funnybones – Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg, 1980
  67. Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden, 1973
  68. The Railway Children – E. Nesbit, 1906
  69. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz, 2001
  70. The Story of Dr. Dolittle – Hugh Lofting, 1920
  71. How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff, 2004
  72. Tales from MoominValley – Tove Jansson, 1962
  73. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott, 1868
  74. Lord of the Flies – William Golding, 1954
  75. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle, 1962
  76. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank, 1942
  77. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1870
  78. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain, 1884
  79. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum, 1900
  80. Mary Poppins – P. L. Travers, 1934
  81. Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan, 2005
  82. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman, 2008
  83. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness, 2011
  84. The Adventures of Mog – Judith Kerr, 1993
  85. Goosebumps – R.L. Stine, 1992
  86. Animal Farm – George Orwell, 1884
  87. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower – Rumer Godden, 1961
  88. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen, 1989
  89. Stuart Little – E.B. White, 1945
  90. Coraline – Neil Gaiman, 2002
  91. I Want my Hat Back – Jon Klassen, 2011
  92. Owl Moon – Jane Yolen, 1987
  93. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt, 2014
  94. Tales from Shakespeare – Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, 1899
  95. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell, 1877
  96. Thomas the Tank Engine – Wilbert Awdry, 1985
  97. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl, 1961
  98. Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg, 1978
  99. Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale – Marcus Pfister, 1998
  100. Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson, 1955

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