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Top 20 children’s books

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is Britain’s most-read children’s bedtime book – but a string of classics are still holding their own, according to a recent survey of the top 20 children's books.

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (1999); download the audio version on Amazon

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Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926); download the audio version on Amazon

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The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982); download the audio version on Amazon

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The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson (2004); download the audio version on Amazon

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865); download the audio version on Amazon

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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964); download the audio version on Amazon

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969); download the audio version on Amazon

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr (1968); download the audio version on Amazon

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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988); download the audio version on Amazon

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Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl (1970); download the audio version on Amazon

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The Twits by Roald Dahl (1980); download the audio version on Amazon

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James And The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961); download the audio version on Amazon

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The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis (1950); download the audio version on Amazon

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Charlotte’s Webb by E.B White (1952); download the audio version on Amazon

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Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (2008); download the audio version on Amazon

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (1960); buy on Amazon

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The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen (1843); download the audio version on Amazon

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Curious George by H.A. Rey (1941); buy on Amazon

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (1997); download the audio version on Amazon

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (1837); download the audio version on Amazon

Donaldson’s ingenious story involves a mouse who avoids being devoured by animals in the woods by spinning a cunning yarn about the fearsome beast he is on his way to meet.

The book, published in 1999, beat A.A Milne’s 1926 creation Winnie The Poo, and The BFG by Roald Dahl, written in 1982 to claim top spot.

Another Donaldson publication, The Gruffalo’s Child (2004), is the fourth most popular choice for mum and dads up and down the country.

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While Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) came fifth, an even older classic, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, written way back in 1837, also made the top 20.

The study by bed maker Silentnight, also found while the typical family home is crammed full of 39 children’s books, parents manage to find the time to read to their kids 3.5 times a week.    

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It also emerged around one in seven dads are happy to sit in bed or on the sofa every evening of the week and read to the children, while one in three parents take turns to do ‘book-time’.

 
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