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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tops primary school book list

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is at the top of a teachers' list of books "all children should read before leaving primary school".

The list of must-read novels has been selected by 500 teachers for the National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine.

In the top 10, teachers have selected two Roald Dahl stories - Matilda as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

There are also a couple of traditional classics, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. Matilda by Roald Dahl

5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

8. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes

10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Your Comments

I think the naughtiest girl collection by Enid Blyton should be on the list.

Maggie, Newcastle, England

I would suggest the book Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit because, even though I have not read all of it, it is a great story so far. I would recommend it because it is it is exciting and there is a sand fairy that I'm sure anybody would like.

Sophie, Surrey, England

The book that would top my must-read list would be Diary of A Wimpy Kid because it is the best book ever!

Jessica, London, England

I think Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson should be in the top books to read before your 12.

Samantha, Essex, England

I think girl online by Zoella should be on the list.

Alice

I think that the BFG by Roald Dahl and Boy in a Dress by David Walliams should be on the list as I love them so much and they are quite easy reads too.

Chloe, Oxfordshire, England

I think that The Guinness World Record books should be on the list because they are funny, interesting, astonishing and educational (in some of the sections).

Cerys

I think that the Geek Girl series should appear somewhere on that list as it is very funny and I know that avid readers would love it.

Hannah, South Northamptonshire, England

I think it should be Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone as it is a classic fiction book and you could never grow out of it!

Mariela, London, England

I must have the Butterfly Club by Jacquliene Wilson. It's so amazing and unique. Also Awful Auntie to give you a bit of a chill!

Jaspriya, England

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