Which 10 books should children read before they leave school?

What should children be reading? Picture: Sharon and Nikki McCutcheon / flickr.com.payitforwardphotos
What should children be reading? Picture: Sharon and Nikki McCutcheon / flickr.com.payitforwardphotos

George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 has beaten Harry Potter to the top of a list of books that every student should read before leaving primary and secondary school.

And Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the top choice for children to have read by the time they leave primary school.

The selection, from the Times Educational Supplement is dominated by classic literature and was chosen by 500 teachers.

Top 10 books that every student should read before leaving secondary school:

1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

3. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

4. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

6. The Harry Potter series, by J K Rowling

7. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

8. The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger

9. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

10. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

And, top 10 books that every student should read before leaving primary school:

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

2. Goodnight Mister Tom, by Michelle Magorian

3. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

4. Matilda, by Roald Dahl

5. The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

6. The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen

9. Dogger, by Shirley Hughes

10. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

See the full top 100 books for primary school children, and the top 100 for secondary school pupils from The Times Education Supplement website.