We invited a panel of teachers, literacy and reading experts, book reviewers and editors – see right – to choose their top 11 best books for under 11s. From picture books to older fiction, together they make an exciting and varied list of recommended reads for children from three to 11.

Anne Faundez, writer and reviewer

Mr Magnolia

by Quentin Blake (Red Fox)


by Quentin Blake (Red Fox)

Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch (Frances Lincoln)


by David Almond (Hodder)


by Roald Dahl (Puffin)

Bill’s New Frock

by Anne Fine (Egmont)

Charlotte’s Web

by EB White (Puffin)

How to Train your Dragon

by Cressida Cowell (Hodder)

Why the Whales Came

by Michael Morpurgo (Hodder)

The Jolly Postman

by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Puffin)


by Anthony Browne (Walker)

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