The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the best children’s book of all time, according to a new survey from Booktrust. The Very Hungry Caterpillar came in second, with Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series in third.
The poll of 4,000 people was conducted by Booktrust to support its Bookstart initiative, which gives free books to children in the UK.
The best loved author was Roald Dahl, who had six books in the top 50, followed by Blyton with five and Julia Donaldson with four.The poll also showed that four out of five parents read their children a bedtime story every night, for an average of 22 minutes a time.
Here’s the top ten
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Famous Five, Enid Blyton
Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson