Chart: Ten top children’s favourites

David Walliams' Mr Stink is a great tale
David Walliams' Mr Stink is a great tale

This week’s chart celebrates World Book Day on Thursday March 5 by looking at 10 all-time favourite children’s stories.

Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce

When two brothers find a bag containing a large sum of money they face the dilemma of what to do with it – buying pizzas or ending world poverty.

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

A fantastic rhyming story that is a favourite of many is wonderfully brought to life by Axel Scheffler’s illustrations.

Mr Stink – David Walliams

The story of Chloe and her friendship with the local tramp, Mr Stink, is a great tale that will leave children wanting to read the rest of Walliams’ books.

Holes – Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats has been sent to a Juvenile Detention Centre and during the day has to dig a hole five foot wide by five foot deep in the aim of character building. A wonderful story that is both funny and moving, and definitely worth a look whatever your age.

The Turbulent Term Of Tyke Tyler – Gene Kemp

Tyke Tyler and Danny Price are best friends at Cricklepit Combined School and where they go trouble follows in this classic 20th Century children’s book.

The Animals Of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann

The story of a group of animals who have to leave their home due to developers and go out in search of a new place to call home.

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – Sue Townsend

This diary of a teenager growing up in the early 80s is packed full of laugh-out-loud moments.

Stormbreaker – Antony Horowitz

The first book in the action-packed Alex Rider series. Once you’ve read this you’ll be hooked.

We’re Going On A Bear hunt – Michael Rosen

Last year Michael Rosen performed at Glastonbury as well as breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest reading lesson with this wonderful picture book. Check out YouTube to see the author perform the story as only he can.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Still regarded as one of the world’s best children’s authors of all time, Dahl tells the story of the hunt for the golden ticket and the magical world of Willy Wonka.

*All these books are available at your local Lancashire library, or visit or to reserve a copy.