Out today! A list of the 50 most popular children’s books of all time!

June 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s official! In a poll of 4000 children by the UK charity Booktrust, published today in the Mail Online, the most popular children’s book of all time is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, followed by…. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle! Included in the 50 top favourites were lots of my favourite books including The BFG and Matilda by Roald Dahl, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Borrowers by Mary Norton and The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling got a sixth place.  And I’m very happy to say that Roald Dahl came in an easy first as the most popular children’s author, with 6 books in the top 50!  

The complete list is printed below:

Top 50 Best Children’s Books

1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
3. Famous Five, Enid Blyton
4. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
5. The BFG, Roald Dahl
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
7. The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
8. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
9. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
10. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
11. The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
13. Matilda, Roald Dahl
14. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
15. The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss
16. The Twits, Roald Dahl
17. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves
18. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
19. The Malory Towers series, Enid Blyton
20. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
21. The Railway Children, E. Nesbit
22. Hans Christian Fairy Tales, H.C. Andersen
23, The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
24. The Witches, Roald Dahl
25. Stig of the Dump, Clive King
26. The Wishing Chair, Enid Blyton
27. Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
28. The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
29. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jan Brett
30. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
31. A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
32. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
33. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
34. Aesop’s Fables, Jerry Pinkney
35. The Borrowers, Mary Norton
36. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
37. Meg and Mog, Jan Pienkowski
38. Mrs Pepperpot, Alf Proysen
39. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
40. The Gruffalo’s Child, Julia Donaldson
41. Room on a Broom, Julia Donaldson
42. The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
43. Miffy, Dick Bruna
44. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
45. Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
46. The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson
47. Ten Little Ladybirds, Melanie Gerth
48. Six Dinners Sid, Inga Moore
49. The St. Clare’s series, Enid Blyton
50. Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

Introducing my lovely daughters!

June 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When I go to schools I’m often asked if I have any kids.

Yes I do! I have a daughter called Bea who turns 13 next week and another daughter called Annabel who turns 10 in two weeks! Annabel was due to be born on Bea’s birthday but she was obviously determined to get her own birthday party each year!

This is Bea and me at the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards in May – Bea won second place in her age group and category – which was poetry of course! She’s a chip off the old block!

And this is Annabel – she loves writing too and writes very crazy stories. She is also addicted to reading!

Leave a comment or a question for Bea and Annabel above and maybe they’ll reply in person!

E! It’s essential! Or is it?

June 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Did you know that one out of every 8 letters we read is an E?

But I ask you, can a human do without it? I just did!! Can you?

In 1939 an author wrote an entire book of 50,000 words without a single letter E! His name was Ernest Vincent and the book was called “Gadsby”.  A piece of writing with a constraint or rule like this is called a “lipogram” and there have been many examples in history, though Gadsby is probably the most famous.

Hmm… maybe we’ll have a Lipogram competition some day soon!

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