The Five Biggest-Selling Children’s Books of all Time

by |May 5, 2012

Have you read any of them? Tell us which one you think is the best – vote in our poll below.

1. The Little Prince

200 million copies

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

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2. The Hobbit

100 million copies

Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services — as a burglar — on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon.

Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again.

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3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

85 million copies

“This is the land of Narnia,” said the Faun, “where we are now. And you — you have come from the wild woods of the west!”

“I — I got in through the wardrobe in the spare room,” said Lucy.

Lucy steps into the Professor’s wardrobe — but steps out again into a snowy forest. She’s stumbled upon the magical world of Narnia, a land of unicorns, centaurs, fauns! and the wicked White Witch, who terrorises all.

Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, needs her help if the county’s creatures are ever going to be free again!

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4. Heidi

50 million copies

At the age of five, little orphan Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps. Everyone in the village is afraid of him, but Heidi is fascinated by his long beard and bushy grey eyebrows. She loves her life in the mountains, playing in the sunshine and growing up amongst the goats and birds. But one terrible day Heidi is collected by her aunt and is made to live with a new family in town. Heidi can’t bear to be away from her grandfather; can she find her way back up the mountain, where she belongs?

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5. Anne of Green Gables

50 million copies

The Cuthberts are in for a shock.

They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead.

Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her.

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Source: Wikipedia

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  • May 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Some of my favourite books of all time are on this list–although oddly enough three of them I read for the first time last year. It’s a toss-up between Anne and The Little Prince for me.

  • May 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I have read them all and The Little Prince is my favourite. I am suprised there isn’t any Enid Blyton, although I can only see 4 books not five.

  • May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I loved the Hobbit, one of the all time classics for children as well as adults! Brought a smile to my face, thank you 🙂

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