He also said that children at primary school need to hear more stories being read to them.
Philip said: "I've never been a fan of Lord of the Rings. It's a good yarn, but that's it."
Philip wrote the Dark Materials trilogy and is writing The Book of Dust now which is also about Lyra from the previous books.
Philip used to enjoy his grandfather reading fairy tales, like Cinderella, to him.
"Every child ought to know those sorts of stories," Philip told the Daily Express.
"Children need to hear stories being told, as well as reading," he said.