When asked about their favourite children's books, the h2g2 Community had a lot to say! Their recommendations fell into two rough camps - books that they enjoy or enjoyed reading to their children, and stories they remember reading themselves.
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One of the most popular books to read to younger children is Julia Donaldson's <I>The Gruffalo</I>. More Researchers plumped for that book than any other, and they had good things to say about her other books too.
Other favourites by this author are The Gruffalo, Tiddler, and the Snail and the Whale ... all of which at one time or another I have had to hide just to get a break from reading them several times a day.
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Troll by Julia Donaldson & David Roberts
The Gruffalo by "
Tiddler by "
The Snail and the Whale by "
Hairy McClary by ?
Meg, Mog and Owl by Hellon Nicholl & Jan Pienkowski
One Snowy Nickt by Nick Butterworth
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Lottie & Lisa by Erich Kastner
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Sword in the Stone by T H White
Books by Eilliam Nicholson, Garth Nix, Celia Rees & Diana Wynne Jones
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
The Story of the Amulet by E NEsbit
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Books by Dr Seuss, esp. The Sneetches
The Bullerby Children
The Pippi books by Astrid Lindgren
The Neverending Story by ?
Anyhng by Thomas Brezina
The Hardy Boys
Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (plus other YA books in series)
The Adventure Series by Enid Blyton
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Wind in teh Willows by Kenneth Graham
Thud! By Terry Pratchett
When The Library Lights Go Out by ?
Books by Mick Inkpen
A Tiger Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Books by Diana Wynne Jones
Heinlein's childrens books
Lone Pine Adventures by Malcolm Saville
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Books by Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Gilgamesh, and Sinbad illustrated by Ludmilla Zeman
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne
Alfie by Shirley Hughes
Zagazoo by Quentin Blake
Mrs Armitage n Wheels by "
The Worst Witch by ?
Nation by Terry Pratchett
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Wizard of Oz by ?
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
Cryptonimicon by Neal Stephenson
The Diamnd Age by "
Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton
When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Books by E Nesbit
Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien
What Katy Did
Little House on the Prarie
Books by Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Eoin Colfer
Milly Molly Mandy
My Naughty Little Sister
Dinosaurs Love Underpants
Five Children and It by E Nesbit
Children of the Oregon train
Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon
Maisie Middleton at the Wedding
Wilden H<ENTITY TYPE="#252"/>hner by Cornelia Funke
Green Smoke by Rosemary Manning
Big Bad Johnny P
Jeremy James by David Henry Wilson
Mr Curry by ?
Illustrated books by Sven Nordqvist
Books by P G Wodehouse
Jennings setries by Anthony Buckeridge
Lone Pine Series by Malcolm Saville
Biggles, Grimlet and Worrals by W E Johns
The Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Books by Rosemary Sutcliffe
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Dr St Juston
the Paddington books by Michael Bond
Adventures of Tim by ?
We're Goin on a Bear Hunt
Thomas the Tank Engine
fairy tales by Nick Sharratt
Aliens love Underpants
Lucky Starr by Asimov
novelisations of sci-fi films
books by Sandra Boynton, Shel Silverstein and pop up books by David Carter
Soup by Robert Peck
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Emil and the Detectives
How to Eat Fried Worms
books by Rose Impney
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Little Go To Sleep Book
Best (Whatever) Book Ever by Richard Scarry