Which 10 books should children read before they leave school?

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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:

• Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

• Animal Farm by George Orwell

• Lord of the Flies by William Golding

• Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

• The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

• A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

• The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

• Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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

• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

• Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

• Alice 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

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