BOOKS: Top 51 favourite children’s books of all time revealed

06 October 2017

Australia’s leading bookseller, Dymocks, has released its annual list of the Top 51 favourite children’s books voted as by the Australian public. A record number of over 27,700 votes were cast by booklovers across the country.

Top of the list for 2017 is the classic picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Having sold over 30 million copies worldwide, the clever cut outs and simple storyline in this book makes it a firm family favourite.

Australia’s Mem Fox features four times in the list, including the much-loved picture book Possum Magic at no. 3 on the list, which has sold over 60,000 copies in the last decade alone.

“This timeless classic hasn’t been out of print since it was first published over 30 years ago,” said Imogen Neely, Dymocks Category Manager. “Possum Magic’s lovable characters Grandma Poss and Little Hush continue to captivate generations of new readers. Adults love Grandma Poss’s special blend of bush magic just as much as the little ones. It’s easy to see why Mem Fox is our favourite Australian author.”

Other classics that have spots in the top 10 are We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Green Eggs and Ham, Where the Wild Things Are and The Gruffalo all in the top 10.

After holding the top spot for the last three years, the Harry Potter series has slipped to no. 8.

In total, 18 Australian authors made this year’s list including Jackie French, Hazel Edwards, Sheena Knowles, Craig Smith, Nick Bland, Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Dick Roughsey, John Marsden and Jacqueline Harvey.

Here is the full list:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
3. Possum Magic by Mem Fox
4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
5. Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
8. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
9. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
10. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
11. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
12. Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney
13. Animalia by Graeme Base
14. Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
15. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
16. Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen
17. Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss
18. Paddington by Michael Bond
19. Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan
20. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
21. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
22. There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards
23. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
24. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
25. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
26. Are you my Mother? by PD Eastman
27. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
28. Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
29. Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
30. Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
31. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
32. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
33. Matilda by Roald Dahl
34. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
35. Magic Beach by Alison Lester
36. Charlotte’s Web by EB White
37. Imagine by Alison Lester
38. Koala Lou by Mem Fox
39. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
40. The BFG by Roald Dahl
41. The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
42. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
43. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
44. The Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey
45. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
46. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
47. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey
48. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
49. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
50. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
51. Alice-Miranda series by Jacqueline Harvey

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