Survey Lists Top 50 Books that Children should read by 16

Top 50 Books that Children should read by 16

2,000 readers responded to a survey conducted in honor of World Book Day and the findings list the top 50 books people think children should read before they turn sixteen.

Not only did the survey reveal that parents vastly prefer to read stories their parents once read to them, but Roald Dahl won out for most popular author. The number one recommended book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Though traditional favorites such as Winnie the Pooh and the Narnia series were voted through with high numbers, another recent study notes a “marked downturn” in youth reading levels. Children are forgoing classic literature for easier choices.

About 72% of parents agreed reading bedtime stories is one of the most important bonding experiences one can have with their children. 75% expressed the desire to revive classic children’s characters from their own youth.

The list includes well-known classic titles such as Alice in Wonderland, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Charlotte’s Web. Also recorded are more recent books, such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Hunger Games. Harry Potter also made the list of the 20 best-loved children’s book characters, along with others like Paddington Bear (ranked #1), The Hungry Caterpillar, and Cinderella.

Visit The Telegraph for a complete list of both recommended books and best-loved characters. Are there any literary personalities or books left off the survey results that you think should’ve been included?

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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