Winnie the Pooh tops YouGov poll of favourite books

Winnie-the-Pooh touch and feelHave you read them? Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne, first published in 1926, has  beaten Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into second place in a poll to find the favourite children’s book of the past 150 years.

2000 adults were polled in  The YouGov poll, carried out as part of a campaign to promote reading and support vulnerable children in the UK.

The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson from 1999, was the most recently written book named and came in fifth. British authors dominated the list.


It was issued in conjunction with the start of the reading initiative entitled Story Time – supported by children’s charity Barnardo’s and retailer John Lewis – which was launched by the newly appointed Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.

He said “Being read to as a child is something most of us take for granted but for many of the children Barnardo’s supports, storytelling and communicating are skills that their parents don’t have. I would encourage people across the country to embrace storytelling, bury your head in a good book.”

Top 10 favourite children’s books

1. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne (1926)

2. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (1865)

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle (1969)

4. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (1937)

5. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson (1999)

6. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (1964)

7. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell (1877)

8. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

9. The BFG – Roald Dahl (1982)

10. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (1950)

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