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    According to the Telegraph, this is the definitive list of books you should read, or have read, as a child. Star or bold the books you’ve read. I got 53. What about you?

    Part 1: Early Years (I’ve read 8 of 14)
    *The Twits, by Roald Dahl
    Burglar Bill, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
    *The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr
    Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
    The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, by Beatrix Potter
    Yertle the Turtle, by Dr Seuss
    *Fungus the Bogeyman, by Raymond Briggs
    The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business, by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch
    Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson
    *The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
    *The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss
    *Charlotte’s Web, by EB White
    *The Story of Babar, by Jean de Brunhoff
    *Winnie-the-Pooh, by AA Milne, illustrated by EH Shepard

    Part 2: Middle Years (I’ve read 31 of 48)
    *Stig of the Dump, by Clive King
    *Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild
    *Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
    *Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
    *The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
    Struwwelpeter, by Heinrich Hoffman
    *The Magic Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton
    *Danny, the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl
    *George’s Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl
    Underwater Adventure, by Willard Price
    Tintin in Tibet, by Hergé
    The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
    Erik the Viking, by Terry Jones, illustrated by Michael Foreman
    When the Wind Blows, by Raymond Briggs
    *Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by TS Eliot
    *The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes
    The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear
    *The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
    *The Worst Witch Collection, by Jill Murphy
    *Peter Pan, by JM Barrie
    *Mr Majeika, by Humphrey Carpenter
    *The Water Babies, by Charles Kinglsey
    *A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    I’m The King of the Castle, by Susan Hill
    The Wave, by Morton Rhue
    *Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
    *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
    Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories, by Reinhardt Jung
    The Firework-maker’s Daughter, by Philip Pullman
    *Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce
    *The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
    The Silver Sword, by Ian Serrallier
    Cue for Treason, by Geoffrey Trease
    *The Sword in the Stone, by TH White
    *A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K LeGuin
    *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling
    *The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set, by CS Lewis
    *His Dark Materials Box Set, by Philip Pullman
    *The BFG, by Roald Dahl
    *Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome
    Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now, by Lauren Child
    *The Railway Children, by E Nesbit
    *The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde
    *Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
    Just William, by Richmal Crompton
    Jennings Goes to School, by Anthony Buckeridge
    Comet in Moominland, by Tove Jansson
    *The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

    Part 3: Early Teens (I’ve read 14 – and 4 halves – of 38)
    *Call of the Wild, by Jack London
    *Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
    The Outsiders, by SE Hinton
    I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    *(1/2) Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens – I read a kids’ version
    The Owl Service, by Alan Garner
    *(1/2) The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – read a kids’ version
    Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
    *(1/2) The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank – I started it.
    Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, by Mildred D Taylor
    A Kestrel for a Knave, by Barry Hines
    *The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
    *War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo
    Beowulf, by Michael Morpurgo
    *(1/2) King Solomon’s Mines, by H Rider Haggard – I read a kids’ version
    Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
    *The Road of Bones, by Anne Fine
    Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne Du Maurier
    *Treasure Island, by RL Stevenson
    *Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    *Anne of Green Gables, by L M Montgomery
    Junk, by Melvin Burgess
    Cider With Rosie, by Laurie Lee
    The Go-Between by LP Hartley
    The Rattle Bag, ed by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
    The Song of Hiawatha, by H W Longfellow
    *Watership Down, by Richard Adams
    *The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    True Grit, by Charles Portis
    *Holes, by Louis Sachar
    Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
    *Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
    *Carrie’s War, by Nina Bawden
    *The Story of Tracy Beaker, by Jacqueline Wilson
    The Lantern Bearers, by Rosemary Sutcliffe



    In my opinion list a little bit to British and mises some great books, fore example:
    Tove Jansson ”The Moomin trolls”
    Selma Lagerlöf ”The Wonderful Adventures of Nils”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ”Little Prince”
    Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales…
    and more.


    Herr D

    From the ones I remember by title (and I’m getting a lot of those wrong so far,) I think the only surprise is that I read most of mine at the ‘wrong’ stage of life. The thing I remember best about the one I didn’t finish reading was ‘good grief! that doesn’t make any SENSE!’ None of the human beings thought that the spider was super-intelligent for weaving a web with words in it. They just noticed what she wove. I didn’t finish reading the book because it seemed too real. This was how people seemed every day. I was five, I think; the inner workings of the minds of most people (or lack thereof) is frequently just as disorienting to me today, nearly four decades later.

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