Hobbits, Witches and Water Babies - what is your favourite children’s book?

A look inside South Shields Central Library in 1981.
A look inside South Shields Central Library in 1981.

It was interesting to read that not one of the top 10 favourite children’s books, listed in a recent survey was published after 1988.

So the likes of The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe (published in 1950), The Secret Garden (1964) and The Hobbit (1937), will be familiar with readers across the generations, from youngsters to their grandparents.

School's librarian, Miss Elsie Ord at the public library in Ocean Road. February 1971.

School's librarian, Miss Elsie Ord at the public library in Ocean Road. February 1971.

They, like the other books selected by 2,000 people of all ages, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, all deserve their place in the list ... but what would you include there?

What was your favourite children’s book – Treasure Island, perhaps, or The Water Babies?

Boldon Comprehensive School holding a sponsored read in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Research. November 1986.

Boldon Comprehensive School holding a sponsored read in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Research. November 1986.