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Last Updated: Tuesday January 31 2006 13:21 GMT

Rowling's top 10 books for kids

JK Rowling
JK Rowling is amongst six top British writers to be asked to list the books they think kids should read before leaving school.

Amongst Rowling's top 10 were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Philip Pullman was also involved and included The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are in his list.

Experts hope the lists will help them choose the best books for schools.

JK Rowling's full list
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Tale of Two Bad Mice - Beatrix Potter
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Royal Society of Literature asked the writers to make the lists to help them with a discussion they were having with the people who choose what to include in your lessons.

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion also made a list and included really tough reads like Homer's The Odyssey and James Joyce's Ulysses.

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