List compiled by The Sunday Times and broadcast on Channel 4, Christmas 2015.  I’ve not discovered how the list was created though, or whose opinions we’re sharing, but I assume that books in brackets were the most voted for out of particular series.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, for lists of this type, the illustrations are not deemed as important. It appears that the Sunday Times has nominated its preferred illustrator each time e.g. the original Tenniel for Alice and Shepherd for Pooh-Bear, but later illustrator Blake for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In those instances where the author is also the illustrator e.g. Maurice Sendak, Dr Seuss, Judith Kerr, their artistic contributions are ignored. Even for picture books like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,  illustrator Helen Oxenbury is relegated to brackets, while Michael Rosen gets all the glory.

Equal rights for illustrators!

  1. Winnie the Pooh / The House at Pooh Corner – A.A. Milne (E H Shepard illustrations)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) – C.S. Lewis
  3. Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) – J.K. Rowling
  4. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  6. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  8. A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
  9. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson (illustrated Axel Scheffler)
  10. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss
  12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  13. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen (illustrated Helen Oxenbury)
  14. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  15. Alfie and Annie Rose (Dogger) – Shirley Hughes
  16. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lingren (illustrated by Lauren Child)
  17. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  18. Finn Family Moomintroll – Tove Jansson
  19. The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)  Beatrix Potter
  20. Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
  21. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson (illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
  22. Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo
  23. Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
  24. Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell
  25. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness (illustrated by Jim Kay)
  26. The Railway Children – E. Nesbitt
  27. Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce
  28. The Snowman – Raymond Briggs
  29. The Arrival – Shaun Tan
  30. The Snow Queen – Hans Christian Andersen
  31. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  32. Famous Five (Five on a Treasure Island) – Enid Blyton
  33. Just William (Just William) – Richmal Crompton
  34. Holes – Louis Sachar
  35. Stig of the Dump – Clive King
  36. The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  37. Charlie and Lola (I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato) Lauren Child
  38. The Jolly Postman – Allan and Janet Ahlberg
  39. Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry Strikes it Rich) – Francesca Simon (illustrated by Tony Ross)
  40. How to Train your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
  41. The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett
  42. Alex Rider (Stormbreaker) – Anthony Horowitz
  43. Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines) – Philip Reeve
  44. The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett (illustrated by Inga Moore)
  45. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  46. This is Not my Hat – Jon Klassen
  47. Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
  48. Charlotte’s Web E B White (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  49. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
  50. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  51. The Borrowers Mary Norton
  52. Gorilla Anthony Browne
  53. The Poems of Edward Lear (Owl and the Pussycat) Edward Lear
  54. Pig-Heart Boy Malorie Blackman
  55. Orlando the Marmalade Cat Kathleen Hale
  56. The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier
  57. Elmer (Elmer the Patchwork Elephant) David McKee
  58. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  59. Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney (illustrated by Anita Jeram)
  60. The Little White Horse – Elizabeth GoodgE
  61. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce (illustrated by Susan Einzig)
  62. The Phantom Tolbooth – Norton Juster (illustrated by Jules Feiffer)
  63. Flour Babies – Anne Fine
  64. Centrally Heated Knickers – Michael Rosen (illustrated by Harry Horse)
  65. The Way Home – Oliver Jeffers
  66. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
  67. Asterix – Uderzo and Goscinny
  68. The Family from One End Street – Eve Garnett
  69. Mr Gum – Andy Stanton (illustrated by David Tazzyman)
  70. Fairy Tales – Berlie Doherty (illustrated by Jane Ray)
  71. Wolves – Emily Gravett
  72. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
  73. The Blue Kangaroo (I Love You, Blue Kangaroo) Emma Chichester Clark
  74. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams (illustrated by William Nicholson)
  75. Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
  76. The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd
  77. The Sheep-Pig – Dick King-Smith
  78. Chrestomanci (The Lives of Christopher Chant) Diana Wynne Jones
  79. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  80. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – T S Eliot (illustrated by Nicholas Bentley)
  81. 101 Dalmations – Dodie Smith
  82. Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kästner
  83. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
  84. Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne
  85. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken
  86. Babar – Jean de Brunhoff
  87. Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
  88. Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey
  89. Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
  90. The Tom Gates (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates) Liz Pichon
  91. The Casson family (Saffy’s Angel)Hilary McKay
  92. The Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) Rick Riordan
  93. Thomas the Tank Engine – Rev W Awdry (illustrated by Peter Sam)
  94. The Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
  95. The Inkworld (Inkheart) – Cornelia Funke
  96. War Boy – Michael Foreman
  97. The Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum
  98. Goosebumps – R L Stine
  99. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  100. Tintin – Hergé (Georges Remi)