UK Children’s Laureates Create List of Best Books for Children


Apr 28, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The UK Children’s Laureates have compiled a list of best books for children for UK book seller Waterstones. The press is making much ado over the fact that the list does not contain any of the Harry Potter novels written by author J.K. Rowling, however as the BBC points out that just five of the 35 books on the list came out in the past 20 years. “Sarah Clarke, of list organiser Waterstone’s, said: “I’m sure it will
be a surprise to many that the list does not include more recent
bestsellers like JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. But it’s great to see the laureates choosing some timeless greats like
The Railway Children and Just So Stories and introducing them to a new
generation of readers – that’s what the laureates are.” Some of the books on the list include classics like Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Little Women, Mary Poppins and more. You can read the list of books selected by Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen here via this link.

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30 Responses to UK Children’s Laureates Create List of Best Books for Children

Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: Harry Potter not on there!OMG!Avatar ImageNiphai says: It is actually a great list. The stories on it are great. But yeah, I think HP deserves a place on the list too..Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Yer the stories are okay. But they won't interest todays children, like Harry Potter does. :/Avatar ImageSmitch says: I think Harry Potter will eventually earn a place on that list. Since authors are immortal because of their literary creations, time (in literature's point of view) is much slower ... still wish the books were there because they do deserve a spot! Avatar Imagehbp will be betterthan tdk says: very shocking news Avatar ImageBeazle says: Well, don't despair. I assure you, not one of those books would have been on similar lists only 10 years after publication. Such things take time. Regretfully, one must also note the tendency among the UK literary to seek publicity for themselves by NOT putting Philospher's Stone on such lists. Lets face it, look at what the subject matter of the Waterstones quote is.Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I think HP is a classic already. Maybe next time it'll make the list. :DAvatar Imagemoglet says: The Harry Potter books are of course all our favourites but I guess the point is that just about everyone already knows about Harry Potter. These lists give an opportunity for recommending other books, there is quite a wide age range covered too and these are the personal choices of these people. I know that lists like this often inspire people to read books that they may not have thought of reading before. I am a library assistant and deal with stock promotion as well and during the BBC Big Read promotion a few years ago I kept a bookstand filled with titles in the top 100 and they just walked off the shelves. I also created a children's list from these books and this proved popular too. Anything that broadens people's reading can only be good.Avatar Imagecghambright says: That's weird. But Harry Potter isn't really a children's book. But you would still think it would be on that list...especially considering the list was compiled in the UK. What's the deal? They atleast put Sorcerer's Stone on there. Avatar ImageBeazle says: Dear cghambright, In the UK, Jo called the first book, "HP ......Philosopher's Stone". She has long said that one of her regrets is giving into the US publisher's demands to call it the rather silly "Sorcerer's Stone. " Having said that- the US books look beautiful compared to the UK editions which look cheap by comparison. Avatar ImageCrown Victoria says: THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! HARRY POTTER SHOULD BE NOMBER ONE!!!!!!Avatar Imageiconshero says: Un-Travesty !!!!!!1Avatar ImageHarryLight says: Well - everyone has heard of Harry Potter - but I'll bet there are some kids (and parents, even) who have never heard of some of the books that are on the list. HP will get read anyway, so I'm glad the classics are on there to remind parents that they should be read as well.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I'd say it's only a matter of time until the HP join the official canon of great children's books. Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: As much as a pity it is that Harry Potter is not listed, I think it is safe to say that within a few decades this particular series will join those many other fabulous works of literature.Avatar Imageblind_pilot says: I think it's fine it doesn't have Harry Potter on it, and I'm sure one day, Harry Potter will be on lists like these! :DAvatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Ahhh give it a a few years, folks. Remember, DH only just came out less than two years ago...although I still find it surprising, because, if Wikipedia is to be believed, the HP series has sold more copies than any other book series in the history of literature. (Not more than any other *book*, but book *series*.)Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: That's just sad! :(Avatar ImageJersey says: There were 5 books published in the last 20 years. Surely at least one of the Harry Potter books is among the top 5 books published in the last 20 years.Avatar ImageLoSushi says: wow not including harry potter is like not including cheese in mac n cheese.Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: Some great titles on that site. Reminds me of when I was a kid in the library on my lunch break, rather than out in the playground. Harry Potter can't be included in everything. I feel like re-reading "Not Now, Bernard" now.Avatar Imagejoyceemorrison says: harry potter's timelessness makes it worthy to be among the book titles of yonder. it has the qualities AND MORE for it to a "best book" -- for kids and adults alike.Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: As Hagrid would say, "IT'S AN OUTRAGE!!!". Whether or not you consider them to be literary classics, surely they merit some recognition on the list simply because the HP books are responsible for getting millions of children around the world in to reading. I tried to read Treasure Island when I was at school, but found it boring and couldn't get into it. And that's despite the fact that it was written by a Scotsman :)Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I agree, someday HP will make the list. Avatar Imagejonamos says: I think that yes HP should be on there but they are probably intentionally leaving them off as they are so well known and well sold. There probably isn't a person who walks into Waterstones that hasn't at least heard of HP even is for some weird reason they haven't read them. So the list will encourage them to widen their literary horizons. Saying that I still think its abit stupid not to have the biggest selling novels of all time on there??Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: In some years time, I expect, it will be on a similar list. Everyone already knows how great HP is, besides so oh well. Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: HP should rock the list... but it doesn't :PAvatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: i think it's amazing that they have the old classics, but at least 1 HP book should be listed....o wellAvatar ImageGobbledygook says: i think HP will eventually be on the list. The books on this list are really good.Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: I think the HP books will eventually be considered "classics." They're just not old enough yet . . .

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