Hope you’re well on this Sunday evening and that you’ve had a restful weekend.
I’ve been having a mooch online and stumbled across this list being advertised on Facebook. Naturally, I was inquisitive. It’s an interesting list based on, as the title of this post suggests, the 50 books every child should read by age 16. I had to check this out.
Now I’m a bit of a geek and have a spreadsheet based on what books I’ve read and in what year. #booklovenotashamed. I was curious to see how many I’d read and I wanted to pass this onto you guys to see which ones you’ve read by this age. The ones I’ve read are
Here goes. The 50 books are as follows:
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis – Read after age 16. Didn’t really take my fancy as a child or an adult.
Winnie The Pooh- A.A.Milne
Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
James and The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl – & then again at university. It formed part of my dissertation!
The BFG-Roald Dahl
A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond
Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Matilda- Roald Dahl
The Railway Children- E. Nesbit – Watched the film, but haven’t read the book.
Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens – Read but after the age of 16. This would have been a huge book to read at that age!
Five on a Treasure Island- Enid Blyton
The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling – Nope… Loved the Disney film too much.
Charlotte’s Web- EB White
The Tale of Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter
Watership Down- Richard Adams – Saw the film. It left me traumatised.
The Hobbit -J.R.Tolken
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling – Read a number of times BUT it was published after my 16th birthday.
Lord of the Flies- William Golding
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend – Read a couple of years ago when she sadly passed away.
Great Expectations- Charles Dickens – Read at university. LOVE it.
The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson-Burnett – And saw a theatre adaptation.
The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank – Read after the age of 16.
The Twits – Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Baum
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne – Another book I’ve read, but it too was released after my 16th birthday.
Anne of Green Gables- L.M.Montgomery
The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
Green Eggs and Ham-Dr Seuss
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Bambi- Felix Selten
Tom’s Midnight Garden- Phillipa Pearce – I knew the story but didn’t read the book until I was studying a children’s literature module at university.
Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Funny Bones- Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Where The Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon – Read but again it was released after my 16th birthday. Would love to see the London theatre version as well.
The Magician’s Nephew- C.S. Lewis
The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
The Story of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting
The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Curious George- H.A.Ray
Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
This is an awesome list. Ok, there is a minor flaw that some books were published after my 16ty birthday; it serves as a pretty good reading list. It’s definitely a list I will be sharing with my students at school.
Books I’ve read: 32, 22 by the age of 16. Not bad going!
What about you? I’d love to know!
Have a great week everyone!
Big love xx