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

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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
  • 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 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!

    70 Responses

    1. Angela

      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

    2. Laura Farnworth

      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.

    3. Sabine

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


      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?!?

    5. Anna Conway

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

    6. Rebecca Jones

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

    7. Emma Davis

      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.

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