50 Books Children Should Read - According To Parents

08/04/2015 16:25 | Updated 08 June 2015

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If you had to choose one book for your child to read, what would it be?

According to a new poll, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the number one book for kids – chosen by parents that is.

The survey by Sainsbury's asked 2,000 parents to name a book they would like their child to have read by the time he or she turns 16.

Roald Dahl's sugary number topped the list, closely followed by Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Winnie The Pooh.

The Harry Potter titles make several entries in the list, along with more from Dahl and Beatrix Potter.

A second poll by the supermarket asked parents for their most-loved children's book character.

Paddington Bear took number one slot, but we suspect that might have something to do with the marmalade-munching little guy making a return to the big screen recently...

The full lists are below – do you agree with the findings?

The top 50 books to read before 16:

1. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

2. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis

4. Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne

5. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell

6. James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl

7. The BFG-Roald Dahl

8. A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond

9. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson

10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – J.K. Rowling

12. Matilda- Roald Dahl

13. The Railway Children- E. Nesbit

14. Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens

15. Five on a Treasure Island- Enid Blyton

16. The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame

17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle

18. The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling

19. Charlotte's Web- EB White

20. The Tale of Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter

21. Watership Down- Richard Adams

22. The Hobbit -J.R.Tolken

23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling

24. Lord of the Flies- William Golding

25. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend

26. Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

27. The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss

28. The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson-Burnett

29. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank

30. The Twits – Roald Dahl

31. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Baum

32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

33. Anne of Green Gables- L.M.Montgomery

34. The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr

35. Green Eggs and Ham-Dr Seuss

36. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

37. Bambi- Felix Selten

38. Tom's Midnight Garden- Phillipa Pearce

39. Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder

40. Funny Bones- Janet and Allan Ahlberg

41. Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak

42. Carrie's War- Nina Bawden

43. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

44. The Magician's Nephew- C.S. Lewis

45. The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

46. The Story of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting

47. The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson

48. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

49. Curious George- H.A.Ray

50. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The top 20 best-loved children's book character:

1. Paddington Bear

2. Winnie the Pooh

3. The Hungry Caterpillar

4. Postman Pat

5. Thomas the Tank Engine

6. The Gruffalo

7. Harry Potter

8. Cinderella

9. Mr Men

10. Peter Rabbit

11. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

12. Peter Pan

13. The BFG

14. Alice in Wonderland

15. Noddy

16. Willy Wonka

17. Matilda

18. Mog the Cat

19. Toad from Wind in the Willows

20. Pinocchio

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