Puffin’s List of Best Children’s Books
Via The Guardian
From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the gothic horror Dracula, the publisher Puffin has compiled a list of its 70 best books of all time for children.The fantasy classics Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, the pirate adventure Treasure Island, and the tear-jerking Watership Down also make the list for young people aged from babies to their teens, marking Puffin’s 70th anniversary.The books are split into categories including best mischief and mayhem, weird and wonderful, sugar and spice, best swashbucklers and derring-do, as well as books to cuddle up with.Roald Dahl takes up the entire “phizzwhizzers” category on his own, with his classic tales The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr Fox. Dahl sells more books every year than any other Penguin author in both the adults and children’s categories – and his sales rocketed by 35% in 2009.
Watership Down and Charlotte’s Web are among the best weepies, The Borrowers is included in best friends and family, and Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan are in the best weird and wonderful books.The best books to cuddle up with category includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which still sells one copy every 30 seconds somewhere in the world.