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Roald Dahl's Charlie tops teachers' must-read list

By Sally Wardle

Published 25/07/2015

Every child should read Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory before leaving primary school, according to a survey of teachers.

A list of the top 100 books children need to read, topped by Dahl's classic, was compiled by TES magazine and the National Association for the Teaching of English.

Goodnight Mister Tom came second and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland third. Three other Dahl books were in the list, with Matilda fourth, The Twits 28th and Esio Trot 33rd. Former children's laureate Julia Donaldson rounded off the top five with The Gruffalo.

TES editor Ann Mroz urged youngsters to "resist the delights of Netflix" and said: "Reading fiction helps children navigate the journey of life."

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