Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has topped a list of teachers’ favourite books, compiled by the Times Educational Supplement (TES). This is from the BBC…
An online survey asked 500 teachers to name their favourite titles.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was second and the Harry Potter series third – but the top 100 also includes picture books like The Gruffalo.
The list “is a masterpiece of erudition and entertainment”, according to TES editor Gerard Kelly.
“It could be one of the few things that Michaels Gove and Rosen agree on”, he writes in a leader column for the magazine, reflecting an ongoing disagreement between the secretary of state and the former children’s laureate over the direction of English teaching in England’s schools.
Mr Kelly points out that apart from a modern intrusion in the form of Harry Potter, the top 10 is dominated by the literary canon in the shape of the Brontes, Orwell and Tolkien.
Thomas Hardy, Dickens and Tolstoy all figure in the list, alongside books for very young children like The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, and Eric Carle’s early years counting book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar…
The list also includes books for older children like Roald Dahl’s The Twits, plus titles beloved of teenagers such as Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
There are also a number of English set texts: To Kill a Mockingbird is one, Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is another.
Here’s the top 20
- 1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
- 2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
- 3. Harry Potter series: JK Rowling
- 4. Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte
- 5. Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
- 6. Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell
- 7. The Lord of the Rings series: JRR Tolkien
- 8. The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
- 9. The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien
- 10. The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald
- 11.. The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
- 12. The Hunger Games series: Suzanne Collins
- 13. The Time Traveler’s Wife: Audrey Niffenegger
- 14. The Chronicles of Narnia series CS Lewis
- 15. Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck
- 16. Birdsong: Sebastian Faulks
- 17. His Dark Materials series: Philip Pullman
- 18. The Gruffalo: Julia Donaldson+ Axel Scheffler
- 19. The Catcher in the Rye: JD Salinger
- 20. Life of Pi: Yann Martel