We invited a panel of teachers, literacy and reading experts, book reviewers and editors – see right – to choose their top 11 best books for under 11s. From picture books to older fiction, together they make an exciting and varied list of recommended reads for children from three to 11.

Pie Corbett, educational writer and poet


by Shirley Hughes (Red Fox)

The Hobbit

by JR Tolkien (HarperCollins)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by CS Lewis (HarperCollins)

Tom’s Midnight Garden

by Philippa Pearce (OUP)


by David Almond (Hodder)

The Iron Man

by Ted Hughes (Faber & Faber)

Charlotte’s Web

by EB White (Puffin)

The Sheep Pig

by Dick King-Smith (Puffin)

Voices in the Park

by Anthony Browne (Corgi)

Mr Gumpy's Outing

by John Burningham (Red Fox)

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak (Bodley Head)

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