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Children's reading lists

9 must-read classic children’s books, as chosen by our readers

Whether you’re drawn to the timeless charm of book-loving Matilda or the band of lovable rogues in The Wind in the Willows, everyone has a favourite classic. We asked our readers to share their most treasured tales.

Puffin team

Books ranked in no particular order. Some answers have been edited for clarity and style.

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