J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has come in join seventeenth place in a teachers’ list of books all children should read before leaving primary school.
The TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English asked 500 teachers to list the books they believed all primary school children should read.
Tolkien’s 1937 novel came in join seventeenth place with Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. Meanwhile Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland came third, whereas fellow Inkling C.S. Lewis came sixth with his Chronicle of Narnia.
Top 20 children’s books to read before leaving primary school:
|1||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl|
|2||Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian|
|3||Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll|
|4||Matilda by Roald Dahl|
|5||The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson|
|6||The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis|
|7||The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle|
|8||We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen|
|9||Dogger by Shirley Hughes|
|10||Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak|
|11||Stig of the Dump by Clive King|
|12=||Black Beauty by Anna Sewell|
|12=||The Iron Man by Ted Hughes|
|14||Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown|
|15||Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne|
|16||Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg|
|17=||The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien|
|17=||Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson|
|19||Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss|
|20||War Horse by Michael Morpurgo|
|The full top 100 list is available here.|
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