Children’s laureates choose their favourite books
For a Waterstones “Laureates table” promotion, all of our Children’s Laureates to date have chosen seven of their favourite children’s books. A really interesting read, it has resulted in a list comprising of mostly classics and some absolutely excellent books are on there.
I’ve been trying to work out whose list feels most like my own if I were to have to do this and it is impossible. So, I have chosen my favourite seven out of all of the laureates’ choice. Here they are:
1. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (1902) – chosen by Quentin Blake
2. Just William by Richmal Crompton (1922) – chosen by Anne Fine
3. Five Go to Smuggler’s Top by Enid Blyton (1945) – chosen by Michael Morpurgo
4. The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett (1937) – chosen by Jacqueline Wilson
5. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (1934) – chosen by Jacqueline Wilson
6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947) – chosen by Michael Rosen
7. Not Now, Bernard by David McKee (1980) – chosen by Michael Rosen
Now, if I were asked to choose my own list of seven, I would need to add Lauren Child’s I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato (because I won’t), and a Moomin book – I can’t decide which one. And of course a Lemony Snicket title as I wrote my MA thesis on A Series of Unfortunate Events, and a Robert Cormier title, but which one… probably We All Fall Down. Or should it be The Chocolate War just because it is brilliant?
Then I would have to have a Judy Blume title as she pretty much single handedly got me through my early teens. I imagine I would have to go for Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret (thank you to Random House Kids in NY today for the excerpt on Twitter and also for this link to Judy Blume on YouTube).
Argh – it is just too hard. How did they manage to choose only seven? Why isn’t Lord of the Flies on there or any Roald Dahl? Seriously, because of these favourite lists there is now a whole lot of re-reading I’m now desperate to do!
You can find all the books mentioned here on my amazon store here. Or better still, head out to your local children’s book shop.