Classic kids’ books pip Harry Potter in Children’s Laureates’ favourites list

April 28th, 2009 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 28 (ANI): Classic children’s books have beaten modern titles including the Harry Potter series to be named the best children’s stories of all time.

JK Rowling’s best-selling series was overlooked in favour of classic tales in the table compiled by children’s laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.

The five children’s laureates were asked to pick their favourite children’s book and went for timeless classics such as Richmal Crompton’s Just William, Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories and Josephine Poole’s Snow White.

They even ignored Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights, reports the Scotsman.

Only five of the 35 chosen were published in the last 20 years and a fifth of the titles were released in the 19th century.

Sarah Grady, director of children’s programmes at the Edinburgh International Festival, suggested that the writers “might have been choosing books they loved as children”.

The works were selected for The Laureates’ Table, a promotion at bookseller Waterstone’s, which forms part of tenth anniversary celebrations for the Children’s Laureate.

The full list of titles on the Laureates’ Table:

Chosen by Quentin Blake:

Little Tim And The Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone (published 1936)Queenie The Bantam by Bob Graham (1997)The Box Of Delights by John Masefield (1935)Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan and Roberto Innocenti (1985)Five Children And It by E Nesbit (1902)Snow White by Josephine Poole (1991)Stuart Little by EB White (1945)

Chosen by Anne Fine:

The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1963)Absolute Zero by Helen Cresswell (1978)Just William by Richmal Crompton (1922)Journey To The River Sea by Iva Ibbotson (2001)Lavender’s Blue by Kathleen Lines (1954)A Child’s Garden Of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)The Sword In The Stone by TH White (1938)

Chosen by Michael Morpurgo:

Five Go To Smuggler’s Top by Enid Blyton (1945)Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (1902)A Book Of Nonsense by Edward Lear (1846)Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde (1888)

Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868/69)A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (1872)The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett (1937)The Railway Children by E Nesbit (1906)Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)Mary Poppins by PL Travers (1934)

Chosen by Michael Rosen:

Clown by Quentin Blake (1995)The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947)Emil And The Detectives by Erich Kastner (1928)Not Now, Bernard by David McKee (1980)Fairy Tales by Terry Jones (1981)Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton (2008)Daz 4 Zoe by Robert Swindells (1990) (ANI)

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