The Books I’ve Read So Far

#1 – ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame

#2 – ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by Philippa Pearce

#3 – ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett

#4 – ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne

#5 – ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

#6 – ‘The Bad Beginning – A Series of Unfortunate Events 1’ by Lemony Snicket

# 7 – ‘Harriet the Spy’ by Louise Fitzhugh

#8 – ‘Four Tales’ by Philip Pullman (including ‘Clockwork or All Wound Up’)

#9 – ‘Foundling – Monster Blood Tattoo 1’ by D. M. Cornish

#10 – ‘The Railway Children’ by E Nesbit

#11 – ‘Charlotte Sometimes’ by Penelope Farmer

#12 – ‘Tales from Shakespeare’ by Charles and Mary Lamb

#13 – ‘Eloise’ (and its sequels) by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight

#14 – ‘The Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula LeGuin

#15 – ‘The Silver Sword’ by Ian Serraillier

#16 – ‘Emil and the Detectives’ by Erich Kastner

#17 – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase’ by Joan Aiken

#18 – ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ by Ian Fleming

#19 – ‘The One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith

#20 – ‘Redwall’ by Brian Jacques

#21 – ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ by Rosemary Sutcliff

#22 – ‘Owl Babies’, written by Martin Waddel, illustrated by Patrick Bensen

#23 – ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

#24 – ‘The Elephant and the Bad Baby’, written by Raymond Briggs, illustrated by Elfrida Vipont

#25 – ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell

#26 – ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’, written by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

#27 – ‘The Iron Giant’ (also known as ‘The Iron Man’) by Ted Hughes

#28 – ‘Elidor’ by Alan Garner

#29 – ‘The Changeover’ by Margaret Mahy

#30 – ‘Just William’ by Richmal Crompton

#31 – ‘Grimpow’ by Rafael Abalos

#32 – ‘Ash Road’ by Ian Southall

#33 –‘ When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ by Judith Kerr

#34 – ‘The Little White Horse’ by Elizabeth Goudge

#35 – ‘The Hundred Dresses’ by Eleanor Estes

#36 – ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

#37 – ‘The Bear’s Famous Invasion of Sicily’ by Dino Buzzati

#38 – ‘The Story of the Treasure Seekers’ by E. Nesbit

#39 – ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

#40 – ‘A Traveller in Time’ by Alison Uttley

#41 – ’45 + 47 Stella Street and Everything that Happened’ by Elizabeth Honey

#42 – ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card

#43 – ‘The School for Cats’ by Ester Averill

#44 – ‘Mortal Engines’ by Philip Reeve

#45 – ‘The Mystery of the Yellow Room’ by Gaston Leroux

#46 – ‘The Incredible Journey’ by Sheila Burnford

#47 – ‘The View from Saturday’ by E. L. Konigsburg

#48 – ‘The Coral Island’ by R. L. Ballantyne

#49 – ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

#50 – ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ by A. A. Milne

#51 – ‘The Princess and the Goblin’ by George MacDonald

#52 – ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

#53 – ‘Seven Little Australians’ by Ethel Turner

#54 – ‘Truckers’ by Terry Prachett

#55 – ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ by Joan Lindsay

#56 – ‘The Little Bookroom’ by Eleanor Farjeon

#57 – ‘The Seeing Stone’ by Kevin Crossley-Holland

#58 – ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ by Roald Dahl

#59 – ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling

#60 – ‘The Red Pony’ by John Steinbeck

#61 – ‘A Dog So Small’ by Philippa Pearce

#62 – ‘The Twenty-One Balloons’ by William Pene du Bois

#63 – ‘The Amulet of Samarkand’ by Jonathan Stroud

#64 – ‘The Thirteen Clocks’ by James Thurber

#65 – ‘The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn’ by Norman Hunter

#66 – ‘The Story of Barbar the Elephant’ Jean de Brunhoff

#67 – ‘Moonfleet’ by J. Meade Faulker

#68 – ‘Linnea in Monet’s Garden’ by Christina Bjork, illustrated by Lean Anderson

#69 – ‘Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren

#70 – ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome

#71 – ‘Struwwelpeter’ by Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann

#72 – ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

#73 – ‘The Book of Three’ by Lloyd Alexander

#74 – ‘The Wonderful Farm’ by Marcel Ayme, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

#75 – ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibotson

#76 – ‘The Ghost of Thomas Kempe’ by Penelope Lively

#77 – ‘Ballet Shoes’ by Noel Streatfield

#78 – ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks

#79 – ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden

#80 – ‘Le Petit Nicholas’ or ‘Nicholas’ by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempe

#81 – ‘Just So Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling

#82 – The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

#83 – ‘The Secret of the Old Clock’ (Nancy Drew) by Carolyn Keene

#84 – ‘Playing Beatie Bow’ by Ruth Park

#85 – ‘Rupert the Bear’ by Mary Tourtel

#86 – ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith

#87 – ‘What Katy Did’ by Susan Coolidge

#88 – ‘Dragonkeeper’ by Carole Wilkinson

#89 – ‘The Haunting’ by Margaret Mahy

#90 – ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L. M. Montgomery

#91 – ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ by Crockett Johnson

#92 – ‘Mary Poppins’ by P.L. Travers

#93 – ‘Hitler’s Daughter’ by Jackie French

#94 – ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian

#95 – ‘Five on a Treasure Island’ by Enid Blyton


Wondering what I’m talking about? Read about my pledge to read 1001 Children’s Books here.

Want to see the full list of 1001 Children’s Books I plan to read? Have a squizz at this.


  1. David

    Have you read any of the “Redwall” series by Brian Jacques? They were my favorite books in elementary school.

    • No I haven’t! That’s why I wanted to give them a go. One of my friends when I was younger read a whole lot of them. Good to know that you like them too!

      • … If you have a look at my post ‘On Book Affairs’ which I wrote a couple of days ago you’ll see I’ve just bought the first Redwall book!

      • David

        Oh yes, they are wonderful books. I can’t remember how many there are, but Jacques had this amazing way of making me (a kid at the time) feel as though I were an adult reading the book. And he uses animals for characters to boot!

      • The animals were definitely a factor in my wanting to read them!

  2. Hey, just wanted to say that I’ve stumbled on a couple of your posts now and really like the blog! I love kids books and you have so much good stuff to say about children’s lit and reading in general. Call me a fan!

    • Thanks Emily! I really like your blog too – I love quirky bookshops as well! It’s always nice to hear positive feedback, and that I am not just sending my posts out into an empty void. Thanks!

  3. Hi I stumbled upon you after hearing of your Gargie Award. Congratulations. I am wondering what you consider to be the 1001 books that should be read by kids, or adults recently turned on to kids books? I looked for a list but could not find one. Please send me the list.

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  6. sf

    Winnie the Pooh must’ve been a quick read compared to some of these, no? A great list! Being a major Sherlock fan, I like The Hound of the Baskervilles a bunch.

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