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Top 10 books children should read before they leave school


George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 has beaten Harry Potter to the top of a list of books that every student should read before leaving primary and secondary school.

And Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the top choice for children to have read by the time they leave primary school.

The selection, from the Times Educational Supplement is dominated by classic literature and was chosen by 500 teachers.

Top 10 books that every student should read before leaving secondary school:

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

And, top 10 books that every student should read before leaving primary school:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

See the full top 100 books for primary school children, and the top 100 for secondary school pupils from The Times Education Supplement website.


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