On the Laureates' Table

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Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen revealed their best children's books of all time on The Laureates' Table, a major promotion at Waterstone's, forming part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations for the Children's Laureate.

Classics dominate the lists, with only five of the 35 books having been published in the last twenty years.

Sarah Clarke, Waterstone's Children's Buying Manager, said: 'I'm sure it will be a surprise to many that the list does not include more recent bestsellers like J.K. 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 all about'.

The 1930s emerges as the vintage decade for children's fiction, with seven titles making it onto the list, including Sword in the Stone by T.H. White, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and P.L. Travers's classic, Mary Poppins.

The most popular authors with two selections apiece are E. Nesbit for Five Children and It (chosen by Quentin Blake) and The Railway Children (chosen by Jacqueline Wilson); and Robert Louis Stevenson for A Child's Garden of Verses (chosen by Fine), and Treasure Island (chosen by Michael Morpurgo).

The Laureate's Table was inspired by Waterstone's successful Writer's Table, whose curators have included Sebastian Faulks, Philip Pullman and Nick Hornby. Each Laureate has chosen seven titles, which will be on display at selected Waterstone's stores and at Waterstones.com until June 3rd, with handwritten thoughts accompanying each one.

The full list of titles on The Laureates' Table is as follows:

Chosen by Quentin Blake:

1. Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone (published 1936)

2. Queenie the Bantam by Bob Graham (1997)

3. The Box of Delights by John Masefield (1935)

4. Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan and Roberto Innocenti (1985)

5. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (1902)

6. Snow White by Josephine Poole (1991)

7. Stuart Little by E.B. White (1945)

Chosen by Anne Fine:

8. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1963)

9. Absolute Zero by Helen Cresswell (1978)

10. Just William by Richmal Crompton (1922)

11. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (2001)

12. Lavender's Blue by Kathleen Lines (1954)

13. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

14. Sword in the Stone by T.H. White (1938)

Chosen by Michael Morpurgo:

15. Five Go to Smuggler's Top by Enid Blyton (1945)

16. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)

17. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)

18. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (1902)

19. A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear (1846)

20. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

21. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde (1888)

Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson:

22. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868-9)

23. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)

24. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (1872)

25. The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett (1937)

26. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (1906)

27. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)

28. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (1934)

Chosen by Michael Rosen:

29. Clown by Quentin Blake (1995)

30. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947)

31. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner (1928)

32. Not Now, Bernard by David McKee (1980)

33. Fairy Tales by Terry Jones (1981)

34. Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton (2008)

35. Daz 4 Zoe by Robert Swindells (1990)

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