Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favourite Children’s Books

March 11, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 12


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Top Ten All Time Favourite Children’s Books.

The Books that shaped our reading habits as adults


Charlie and the chocolate factory

1.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Goodreads blurb: Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!


2. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Goodreads Blurb: The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There’s a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail – looking for clues – but they’re not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?


The Famous Five


3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Goodreads blurb: The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This edition includes all seven volumes.

I remember devouring these books from the primary school library one after another, plus the TV series and later films. Children have no idea of the Christian allegories in the story and so I enjoyed the hell out of them 🙂 – Angelya

4. Obernewtyn by Isabelle Carmody

Goodreads blurb: For Elspeth Gordie freedom is-like so much else after the Great White-a memory.

It was a time known as the Age of Chaos. In a final explosive flash everything was destroyed. The few who survived banded together and formed a Council for protection. But people like Elspeth-mysteriously born with powerful mental abilities-are feared by the Council and hunted down like animals…to be destroyed.

Her only hope for survival to is keep her power hidden. But is secrecy enough against the terrible power of the Council?

This series is more YA but the series began when we were very young readers. Brilliant Aussie fantasy – get into it! – Philippa and Angelya


the secret garden

5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Goodreads blurb: Born in India, the unattractive and willful Mary Lennox has remained in the care of servants for as long as she can remember. But the girl’s life changes when her mother and father die and she travels to Yorkshire to live with her uncle. Dark, dreary Misselthwaite Manor seems full of mysteries, including a very special garden, locked tight for 10 years. With the help of Dickon, a local boy, Mary intends to uncover its secrets.

One of my favourites from way back. I love the exuberance and the love for living things! This book hatched a life long urge to have a walled garden. – Angelya

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Goodreads blurb: Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

 – Leila

The Giver

Tuck Everlasting

7.  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Goodreads blurb: Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks kidnap her and explain why living forever at one age is less than a blessing that it might seem.

 – Leila

8. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads blurb:  The exciting tales of Harry Potter, the young wizard-in-training, have taken the world by storm, and fans just can’t get enough of the magical world of Hogwarts and beyond. If you buy one of the Harry Potter books, we guarantee you’ll want the next…and the next…and the next …

Hannah. (While most of us were already well on our way to adulthood when we read these delightful books, we still think they deserve a place on this list). 


the lives of christopher chant

9. The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones

Goodreads Blurb: Discovering that he has nine lives and is destined to be the next ‘Chrestomanci’ is not part of Christopher’s plans for the future: he’d much rather play cricket and wander around his secret dream worlds. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, and that having more than the usual number of lives is pretty inconvenient — especially when you lose them as easily as he does! Then an evil smuggler, known only as The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds and forces Christopher to take action!


10. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Goodreads blurb: When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, Three from the circle, three from the track; Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; Five will return, and one go alone.” Will Stanton turns 11 and learns from Merriman Lyon, the Lady, and Circle of Old Ones, that he must find six Sign symbols and battle the Black Rider, blizzard and flood.

Pure classic fantasy and fairy tale. – Philippa and Angelya

the dark is rising

And just because we couldn’t restrict our list to ten, here are a few more:

  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (Angelya)
  • The BFG, The Witches and Matilda by Roald Dahl (Natasha)
  • Enid Blyton’s adventure series (Philippa)
  • Baily’s Bones and The Red King by Victor Kelleher (Philippa)


Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

12 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favourite Children’s Books”

  1. Ashley @ Ok, Let's Read

    Oh, yay! You’re the third person (including myself) that I’ve seen so far tonight who’s done Children’s Books! Although, my list focuses more on even younger reading level books. Roald Dahl is where it’s at. It wouldn’t be a good list without him. And, oh my gosh. I remember LOVING Tuck Everlasting. Great Top Ten Tuesday! 🙂
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    • Natasha

      Thanks Ashley. Will check out your list. It will be interesting to compare childhood books.

  2. Priya

    Ooh, I adore this. Takes me back!
    I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory pretty late, when I was already all grown up. But I loved Dahl’s Matilda as a kid, when I could completely relate to her.
    I was obsessed with the Famous Five series for a while. A friend and I used to buy and borrow them from the libraries, switch them and spent a whole year reading each and every book in the series. Almost seems silly now, but Enid Blyton just had a way with children’s books.
    Diana Wynne Jones was amazing and I really wish I’d discovered her sooner.
    And of course, anything I say about the Harry Potter series won’t be enough.
    Lovely list. 🙂
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    • Natasha

      Recently I heard that Enid Blyton wasn’t a very nice person and I was so shocked. Having grown up with her books I just assumed she was wonderful. I won’t let that spoil my love of her work though.

  3. BarefootMedStudent

    Oh, Roald Dahl makes my list every time too! He is simply the best. I also agree with Famous Five – loved those books to bits! And Harry Potter of course. I haven’t read some of the others on your list – maybe one day I’ll discover them with my own kids.
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    • Natasha

      Yes, I must admit I can’t wait for my son to start reading these books. I have already bought the entire series of the Famous Five in anticipation 🙂

  4. Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas

    Oh I love Roald Dahl Harry Potter and Tuck Everlasting too! I have read most of these books and they’re all really great. So much nostalgia.Thanks for sharing!

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