A sample of five hundred teachers has ranked “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as the top book that all children should read before leaving primary school, explain The National Association for the Teaching of English and the Times Educational Standard.
“Fiction teaches children how to navigate the journey of life,” explained the TES editor, Ann Mroz.
As well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Roald Dahl book (Matilda) also made it into the top ten.
The final top list reads as follows:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
- Dogger by Shirley Hughes
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Of note, it is interesting to understand that many of the children’s favourite books often have dark and unsettling themes, works by Roald Dahl being the obvious example of this.
Ann Mroz added that many of the books chosen by teachers are “not full of joy and mirth but are instead dark and full of horror – tales of ferocious monsters, abuse, abandonment and even death
“Not what you’d think the average primary child would want to read. But these books serve an important purpose, giving children a safe place where they can take control of troubling subjects, where evil can be glimpsed and then shut within their pages.”