Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory has been voted top of a list of books teachers consider that all children should read before they leave primary school in a new poll conducted by the Times Educational Supplement and the National Association of Teaching English.
500 teachers compiled a list of what they considered to be the best children’s stories, resulting in the following top ten:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
- Dogger by Shirley Hughes
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Those nostalgic to reclaim a little of their lost youth may be delighted to hear that we have copies of all but one of those stories among our stock – sadly, The Gruffalo was just a bit too big and rowdy to keep on our shelves!
Roald Dahl portrait by Sally, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.