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Win a Selection of Books from the Ultimate List of 100 Books to Read Before You’re 14


Posted on | October 23, 2013 | 70 Comments

bookwinnerThis giveaway is now closed. It was won by Sam @happyhomebird, the 67th person to comment. Congratulations Sam! Do look out for an email from me!







Booktrust (one of the largest reading-focused charities in the UK) has announced the definitive list of 100 books to read before you’re 14 – and to celebrate Playing by the book is giving away five books from the list :-)

Drawing from over 90 years’ experience recommending children’s books Booktrust experts selected the final 100 from an initial list of 500 books and are now asking everyone to join the debate and vote online for their favourites on the list. The nation’s top books will be announced on November 25th so pick up a book, get reading and tell Booktrust what you think!

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0-5 years

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont
Gorilla by Anthony Browne
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
I Want My Potty by Tony Ross
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Meg and Mog by Helen Nicholl & Jan Pienkowski
Not Now, Bernard by David McKee
Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Would You Rather? by John Burningham

6-8 years

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny & Albert Uderzo
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web by E B White
Clarice Bean, That’s Me by Lauren Child
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards & Shirley Hughes
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren & Lauren Child
The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton
The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka & Lane Smith
Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne & E H Shepherd
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

9-11 years

The Adventures of Tin Tin by Herge
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
Flour Babies by Anne Fine
Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
Holes by Louis Sachar
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Jim Kay, from an idea by Siobhan Dowd
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Skellig by David Almond
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Truckers by Terry Pratchett
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

12-14 years

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
Forever by Judy Blume
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Junk by Melvin Burgess
The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Witch Child by Celia Rees

I’ve voted for Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, The Arrival, A Monster Calls and Life: An Exploded Diagram, but which books would you vote for?

Booktrust are giving you the chance to win five books of your choice from the eclectic mix of traditional classics and modern greats that Booktrust believe are must-reads to fire children’s imaginations and turn them into life-long readers.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic books, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post!

You don’t need to decide which 5 you’d pick until the winner is announced, but it would be great to hear which books are your favourite, or which books you’d choose should you win.

Nitty Gritty

  • This giveaway is open to UK/Eire addresses only.
  • The giveaway is open for one week only, and closes on 30 October at 9pm (UK time)
  • The winner will be selected by random using random.org
  • For extra chances to win you can:
    —->Tweet about this competition, using this text: Win your choice of 5 books from @booktrust’s 100 must-reads before you’re 14 over on @playbythebook’s blog http://www.playingbythebook.net/?p=27827 Ends 30/10

    —->>Blog about this competition

    —->Share this competition on Facebook

    —->Vote for your favourite book on the list and then tell me in comment which book you’ve voted for. Click here to vote!

    For extra entries to count you must enter each of them as a separate comment on this blog, along with the relevant link.

  • Good luck!

    This giveaway is now closed. It was won by Sam @happyhomebird, the 67th person to comment. Congratulations Sam! Do look out for an email from me!

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    70 Responses to “Win a Selection of Books from the Ultimate List of 100 Books to Read Before You’re 14
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    1. Polly
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      Oh yes please! I still have 28 more of them to read- so I’d better choose 5 of those if I win hadn’t I? (my reading clearly stops around the age of 9 ;))
      Polly recently posted..Book of Beasts

    2. Elaine Fitzpatrick
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

      The Milly Molly Mandy books are classic – can’t wait to introduce my baby nieces Gracie & Louisa to them

    3. Emilie
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

      Wolves of Willoughby Chase is an old favourite and such a brilliant book – that would be top of my list. Goodnight Mr Tom, Mortal Engines,Tin Tin and Pippi Longstockin would also my cut!

    4. Emilie
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

      Tweeted about this competition: https://twitter.com/Emilie_London

    5. Rosalind
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

      It’s so incredibly hard to choose from such a stupendous list! Lovely to be able to comment on here too and mention a few more of my favourites!
      I really like ‘The Jolly Postman’, ‘Meg and Mog’, ‘Dogger’ and ‘The Snowman’, ‘The Arrival’, ‘Milly Molly Mandy’, ‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Paddington’, ‘The Worst Witch’, ‘Pippi Longstocking’, ‘The Little Prince’, ‘Stig of the Dump’, ‘Millions’, ‘The Owl Service’, ‘I Capture the Castle’, ‘The Curious Incident…’ – I think I might have missed the point here as I could just name pretty much every book!
      Rosalind recently posted..Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Rachel Bright

    6. Rosalind
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

      Have tweeted about this :)
      Rosalind recently posted..Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Rachel Bright

    7. Rosalind
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

      And shared on Facebook :)
      Rosalind recently posted..Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Rachel Bright

    8. Rosalind
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

      And I’d already voted in the actual Booktrust competition – does that count?
      Rosalind recently posted..Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Rachel Bright

    9. Lili
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      I would love to have any of these books to read and share with my kids! :)

    10. Readitdaddy
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

      That entire 0-5 list is fabulous. Think we’ve just about read all of those, and it’s fantastic to see a great mix of modern and classic books included.

      Retweeted the comp, hope lots of people enter!

      Personally I’d choose “I Want My Hat Back” by Jon Klassen, though it’s such a tough thing to choose just one!
      Readitdaddy recently posted..Indie Pen-Dance Wednesday – Spotlight on the awesome ‘Things that Blow My Mind” range by Miranda Sofroniou

    11. lydia
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

      voted for Where the Wild Things Are, as its a family favourite, but we do love a bit of Oliver Jeffers as well…

    12. lydia
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

      also tweeted as @mrs_meep thanks

    13. Alice Myers
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

      I have managed to read a fair few of these. I have many favourites, Northern Lights is my top pick. It would be lovely to win this as my kids would love the prize.

    14. LH Johnson
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      Tweeted n voted! (The Jolly Postman / My Naughty Little Sister / Millions / Life: An exploded Diagram)
      LH Johnson recently posted..#readyourwayaroundtheUK – an update, a thank you and a challenge!

    15. Emma Radford
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

      What an absolutely superb list of book. Nearly impossible to choose between done of them though! A definite list to ‘read’ your way through.

    16. Catherine
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

      Wow – what a fab competition :) I have no idea which books I would choose. Would love to win some of the classics to read with Grandma and Grandpa :)
      Catherine recently posted..Mouseton Abbey – The Missing Diamond by Nick Page / Tim Hutchinson

    17. Catherine
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:37 pm
    18. liveotherwise
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

      Lovely competition, and it’s a great list isn’t it?
      liveotherwise recently posted..Discover the Savage World blog tour with giveaway.

    19. liveotherwise
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:38 pm
    20. ashleigh
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

      Love dear zoo – there are so many fab books in the list!

    21. ashleigh
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      I have tweeted as @ashlallan

    22. ashleigh
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

      I voted for dear zoo, the bfg, harry potter and forever

    23. Nicola
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      I voted for:
      Room on a broom
      The BFG
      Goodnight Mr Tom
      Noughts and crosses
      All books by fabulous authors! But, I agree it was hard to choose just one from each category.

    24. kim plant
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

      what a fab competition thanks for the opportunity I would have to have a good think about what I would pick xx

    25. kim plant
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

      tweeted Win your choice of 5 books from @booktrust’s 100 must-reads before you’re 14 over on @playbythebook’s blog http://www.playingbythebook.net/?p=27827 Ends 30/10 and a fan of both pages @xxme2uxx

    26. Louise Fairweather
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

      My favourite is Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone
      Louise Fairweather recently posted..A Garden Full Of Activities

    27. Damyant
      October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

      Going on a Bear Hunt & the Northern Lights were a couple I voted for
      Damyant recently posted..Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

    28. Catherine Gellatly
      October 24th, 2013 @ 6:55 am

      This was a very hard decision with so many fantastic books but I finally went for
      *We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
      *Charlotte’s Web
      *Skellig
      * Noughts and Crosses

    29. Emma Clement
      October 24th, 2013 @ 9:12 am

      Hello :)

      I tweeted for an entry –
      https://twitter.com/beachpebble/status/393288339618816000

      Thank you

      Emma xx
      Emma Clement recently posted..Bromley Family History Drop In Session 26.10.13

    30. liveotherwise
      October 24th, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      ps I voted ages ago, and can’t remember what I voted for! Fairly sure Winnie the Pooh might have been in there.
      liveotherwise recently posted..Discover the Savage World blog tour with giveaway.

    31. Helen D
      October 24th, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      Thanks for the great competition! I think we would explore the 6-8 list if we were lucky enough to win!
      Helen D recently posted..Monstrous Tales of Missing Socks

    32. Bambu
      October 24th, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

      How great to see Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island on the list. She definitely has my vote simply because all her stories, and Famous Five in particular, are accessible and interesting to children. Once they read the Five on a Treasure Island they will want to read more of the 21 in the series. And if they manage that they will be lifelong readers. These were the first chapter books I chose to read myself and the same is now the case for my children and was the case for my parents. That’s priceless!

    33. Erica Price
      October 24th, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

      Very pleased to see that H and I have read almost all of the 0-5 list. So far though he’s only read one of the 6-8 list, so I think that is where we would be focusing our efforts if we won.
      Erica Price recently posted..Staying Active When It Rains

    34. Erica Price
      October 24th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

      Tweeted as @ericahughes
      Erica Price recently posted..WaterSafe

    35. Erica Price
      October 24th, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

      I’ve voted for Five on Treasure Island.
      Erica Price recently posted..Learning To Ride A Bike

    36. Daniel P
      October 24th, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

      great selection and such a great ggiveaway

    37. Kathleen
      October 24th, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

      grt giveway – my lil 1 year old already loves books

    38. Katherine
      October 24th, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

      My choice would be:
      The Jolly Postman
      Dogger
      The Snowman
      Matilda
      Ballet Shoes

      And just for fun I think Bagl’s would be:
      Dear Zoo
      Where’s Spot
      Meg and Mog
      The Very Hungry Caterpillar
      Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (‘as everybody knows’)

      Love lists like these!
      Katherine recently posted..Bagl Reads: Meg and Mog

    39. Katherine
      October 24th, 2013 @ 9:03 pm
    40. Katherine
      October 24th, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

      Oops, I’ve missed the point and chosen several from the same age group, well, it’s too hard to choose (not a competition entry…)
      Katherine recently posted..Bagl Reads: Meg and Mog

    41. Robyn Logan Clarke
      October 26th, 2013 @ 1:28 am

      WOW! I love books and my son seems to have inherited that gene from me.

      My favourite on the list is actually first in the 0-5 year category, The Cat in the Hat, I love reading it to my son, it makes him giggle.
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    42. Robyn Logan Clarke
      October 26th, 2013 @ 1:30 am

      Shared on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robyn.logan.14/posts/598692926861958
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    43. Robyn Logan Clarke
      October 26th, 2013 @ 1:31 am

      Voted for The Cat in the Hat
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    44. Laura
      October 26th, 2013 @ 8:42 am

      My goodness what a fab list, and one or two I’ve never heard of which is refreshing!

    45. amanda walsh
      October 26th, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
    46. amanda walsh
      October 26th, 2013 @ 10:01 pm
    47. Lisa Farrell
      October 26th, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

      A great list which I’m using in my library lessons with Year 7. Would be excited to share some books with them!

    48. Emily Branch
      October 27th, 2013 @ 6:35 am

      What a great list of books! Some I read as a child and some I’ve read recently with my daughter.
      Where the wild things are is our favourite

    49. Emily Fellah
      October 27th, 2013 @ 9:00 am

      ‘I Want my Potty’ is a fantastic book and potty training essential!
      ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is my all time favourite.
      However, if I won I’d be choosing books for my 10 & 11 year olds.

    50. anna
      October 27th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

      I would love to choose some of the 6-8 years ones for my 5 year old to progress up to
      anna recently posted..Goodfella’s for a Good night in!

    51. esther james
      October 27th, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

      I used to love ‘wheres spot’!

    52. esther james
      October 27th, 2013 @ 10:33 pm
    53. esther james
      October 27th, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

      shared on facebook
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    54. Angela
      October 28th, 2013 @ 8:12 am

      My top five books:
      My Naughty Little Sister (sister relationships are such fascinating material)
      Ballet Shoes (ditto)
      I Capture the Castle (ditto)
      And because bears can explore sibling relationships too:
      A Bear Called Paddington
      Winnie the Pooh

    55. Laura Farnworth
      October 28th, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

      These are the book s I loved as a kid….

      The BFG by Roald
      The Enchanted Wood by Enid
      Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
      Little House in the Big Woods
      The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

      Would love to win for my little boy who also loves to read.

    56. Laura Farnworth
      October 28th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm
    57. Laura Farnworth
      October 28th, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

      I voted for Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    58. Sabine
      October 30th, 2013 @ 8:57 am

      Goodness what a fantastic list – would love to win! Choosing 5 will require much thought as they’re all brilliant!

    59. Sabine
      October 30th, 2013 @ 8:58 am

      Have tweeted too … @sabsedwards

    60. Sabine
      October 30th, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      And shared on Facebook … Covering all my bases!

    61. TONY BLACK
      October 30th, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      But if I won would I get shiny new copies of old favourites, or explore with my children five that we haven’t yet read?!?

    62. andi tea
      October 30th, 2013 @ 10:59 am

      has to be the enchanted wood by enid blyton

    63. Anna Conway
      October 30th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      I have literally just finished reading the Knife of never letting go. It was fab, I need to complete reading the trilogy now.

    64. Rebecca Jones
      October 30th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      What a great prize this would be just before xmas, I have tweeted and shared on FB

    65. Sam @happyhomebird
      October 30th, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

      There are some amazing books there, so many that I would cherish and read with my son.
      Sam @happyhomebird recently posted..A Feather in the Wind

    66. Sam @happyhomebird
      October 30th, 2013 @ 1:49 pm
    67. Sam @happyhomebird
      October 30th, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

      I voted for Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

    68. Emma Davis
      October 30th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

      Wow…..what a great prize!!
      We love reading and I’m pleased to say we have read almost all of the books in the 0-5 and 6-8 age groups and are working our way through the 9-11 years category (my children are 9 and 11 years of age.)
      My children are now at the age where they are beginning to develop new and exciting interests including gardening, drama, cookery and sports. My eldest has just started High School so we are adjusting to the increase in homework compared to Primary School and trying to ensure that reading for pleasure is still just that…..pleasurable. If I was to win, I would choose books from the 9-11 year category as there are some I recognise from my own childhood which I would love my children to enjoy as much as I did.

    69. vicky M
      October 30th, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

      great competition. It would be so hard to choose just five :)

    70. Jean Edwards
      October 30th, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

      Great selection of books to choose from, spoilt for choice!

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