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UK Children's Laureates Create List of Best Books for Children

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Posted by: sue
April 28, 2009, 01:16 PM

The UK Children's Laureates have compiled a list of best books for children for UK book seller Waterstones. The press is making much ado over the fact that the list does not contain any of the Harry Potter novels written by author J.K. Rowling, however as the BBC points out that just five of the 35 books on the list came out in the past 20 years. "Sarah Clarke, of list organiser Waterstone's, said: "I'm sure it will be a surprise to many that the list does not include more recent bestsellers like JK Rowling's Harry Potter. But it's great to see the laureates choosing some timeless greats like The Railway Children and Just So Stories and introducing them to a new generation of readers - that's what the laureates are." Some of the books on the list include classics like Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Little Women, Mary Poppins and more. You can read the list of books selected by Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen here via this link.

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30 Comments

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Harry Potter not on there

Posted by FrancescaElle on April 28, 2009, 01:26 PM report to moderator
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It is actually a great list. The stories on it are great. But yeah, I think HP deserves a place on the list too..

Posted by Niphai on April 28, 2009, 01:31 PM report to moderator
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Yer the stories are okay. But they won’t interest todays children, like Harry Potter does. :/

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I think Harry Potter will eventually earn a place on that list. Since authors are immortal because of their literary creations, time (in literature’s point of view) is much slower … still wish the books were there because they do deserve a spot!

Posted by Smitch on April 28, 2009, 01:56 PM report to moderator
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very shocking news

Posted by hbp will be betterthan tdk on April 28, 2009, 02:14 PM report to moderator
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Well, don’t despair. I assure you, not one of those books would have been on similar lists only 10 years after publication.

Such things take time.

Regretfully, one must also note the tendency among the UK literary to seek publicity for themselves by NOT putting Philospher’s Stone on such lists.

Lets face it, look at what the subject matter of the Waterstones quote is.

Posted by Beazle on April 28, 2009, 02:20 PM report to moderator
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I think HP is a classic already. Maybe next time it’ll make the list. :D

Posted by Mhæy™⌠R☺AR⌡ on April 28, 2009, 02:21 PM report to moderator
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The Harry Potter books are of course all our favourites but I guess the point is that just about everyone already knows about Harry Potter. These lists give an opportunity for recommending other books, there is quite a wide age range covered too and these are the personal choices of these people. I know that lists like this often inspire people to read books that they may not have thought of reading before. I am a library assistant and deal with stock promotion as well and during the BBC Big Read promotion a few years ago I kept a bookstand filled with titles in the top 100 and they just walked off the shelves. I also created a children’s list from these books and this proved popular too. Anything that broadens people’s reading can only be good.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on April 28, 2009, 02:23 PM report to moderator
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That’s weird. But Harry Potter isn’t really a children’s book. But you would still think it would be on that list…especially considering the list was compiled in the UK. What’s the deal? They atleast put Sorcerer’s Stone on there.

Posted by cghambright on April 28, 2009, 02:28 PM report to moderator
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Dear cghambright,

In the UK, Jo called the first book, “HP ……Philosopher’s Stone”. She has long said that one of her regrets is giving into the US publisher’s demands to call it the rather silly "Sorcerer’s Stone. "

Having said that- the US books look beautiful compared to the UK editions which look cheap by comparison.

Posted by Beazle on April 28, 2009, 02:56 PM report to moderator
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THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! HARRY POTTER SHOULD BE NOMBER ONE!!!!!!

Posted by Crown Victoria [WBM] on April 28, 2009, 04:01 PM report to moderator
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Un-Travesty !!!!!!1

Posted by iconshero [GftW] on April 28, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
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Well – everyone has heard of Harry Potter – but I’ll bet there are some kids (and parents, even) who have never heard of some of the books that are on the list. HP will get read anyway, so I’m glad the classics are on there to remind parents that they should be read as well.

Posted by HarryLight {OoM4,CW}[Squee] on April 28, 2009, 05:04 PM report to moderator
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I’d say it’s only a matter of time until the HP join the official canon of great children’s books.

Posted by Garden State Geek on April 28, 2009, 05:35 PM report to moderator
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As much as a pity it is that Harry Potter is not listed, I think it is safe to say that within a few decades this particular series will join those many other fabulous works of literature.

Posted by Kirk on April 28, 2009, 07:11 PM report to moderator
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