Ana Calleja from Spain and Shipra Shirali from India both nominate:
Matilda by Roald Dahl
"I realised what I would never do with my children and I just loved Matilda." (Ana Calleja)
"I like this book because of its positively enforcing message. A young reader like my seven year old daughter is immensely impressed by its moralising story and is trying to imbibe its streamlined message of inculcating values and discipline in life. Matilda is her true idol now, whether be her intelligence, style of dressing up or passion for reading." (Shipra Shirali)
Florencia Gioria from Argentina and Aphichart Kumpoomprasert from Thailand both nominate:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
"I love it because the richness of language he uses, both children and adults can enjoy it and the moral he gives at the end." (Florencia Gioria)
"My kid can learn the beautiful of the English language through the poetry in the story and the book enhances my kid's imagination. My kid likes drawing and he likes the drawing in the book very much." (Aphichart Kumpoomprasert)
Many parents wrote that their favourite children's book was written by Roald Dahl. Have a look at the Roald Dahl website with information about the writer and lots of things for children to do.
K. Raj Lakshmi from India nominates:
The Noddy Series by Enid Blyton and picture books on Indian epics.
"Noddy series are fun filled and suited for the imagination and fantasy of the Kids. Indian Epics provide the basics to build the value systems and beliefs of our lifestyle."
Gilem Sendin from Spain also nominates:
The Noddy series by Enid Blyton
"Colourful, for little kids"
Enid Blyton is another of your favourite authors. The Noddy website has lots of activities for younger children.
Stephanie from France nominates:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
"I like the book because it's the first book I ever read in English. The story is amazing and very exciting. And I liked to discover words that the author had invented for the story. On top of that, it's the kind of book you can't stop reading. Once you've started to read it, you have to keep on!"
Many parents chose the Harry Potter books as their favourite children's books. You can visit the Bloomsbury website to find out about the books, and the Warner Brothers site for information about the films.
Another popular book was Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Nino Mgeladze from Georgia says:
"It is my grandson's favourite book."
You'll find games and activities about Winnie the Pooh on the Disney website.
Vanessa da Silva Dias from Brazil says her favourite book is:
Mr Clumsy by Roger Hargreaves
"I actually like the whole series, because I think all characters are easily related to our own characteristics like: Mr. Happy, Mr. Strong.. I really enjoy reading these books."
Here are 2 websites with information, games and activities about the Mr Men:
Ana Nikolic from Serbia says her favourite book is:
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
"A lot of nights I tough about new adventures of Peter Pan, now I spend lot of nights reading and enjoying Peter Pan in Scarlet :)"
Find out about the sequel to Peter Pan - Peter Pan in Scarlet - on the official website.
Silvia Vazquez from Argentina says her favourite book is:
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
"Because I´ve read it when I was a teenager, and I always remember the phrases the Prince said about life."
The favourite book of Oliana Fedosenko from Ukraine is:
Stuart Little by Elwyn Brooks White
"My sister Yulia likes this book because it is about animals and written in very lovely style with great sense of humor and tenderness. She loves animals and the stories about them, especially fiction stories. She remember all adorable episodes about the life of little mouse from this book and from time to time she reminds me of them. Our book “Stuart Little” was published in adopted series of English books in Russia and become the first favorite English book of my sister. For my sister it reminds her early childhood which makes the book more pleasant. In her 3 or 4 she was listening to my translation, trying to translate by herself and now she is eight years old and still loves it."
Stuart Little has been made into children's films. Have a look at the Stuart Little website.
Bill Wu from Hong Kong says his favourite book is:
The Fire Engine Book, written by Tibor Gergely and edited by Diane Muldrow
"It helps my son Christopher to understand and read foreign English book with the help of a CD accompanied with the classic. Also the vivid description of the firemens' operation in the their fire station induce my son to understand the bravery of firemen in their daily work. The vividness of the pictures in the book impress him and help to develop an interest in all other English books for him at his age. It is really good intellectually and for pleasure."
Ibrahim Abdul Salam Ibrahim Al-gamel from Egypt nominates:
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
"The book is as sumptuous and beautiful as this, I am prepared to make an exception. The format is simple: the animals of the world are gathering around the waterhole. Each page represents a different habitat, from the African plains to the Himalayan mountains, so rhinos give way to snow leopards and so on. The narrative is straightforward enough - as the number of animals rises, the waterhole shrinks - but the great thing about the book is that it combines simplicity and sophistication in equal measure: there are also hidden animals on every page, so that it operates as a puzzle. Lovely to handle and enormous fun, this is a book that offers not only counting, but art, geography, ecology and storytelling in one clever package."
The favourite children's book of Olesya Shatunova from Japan is:
The Animals of Farmer Jones by Richard Scarry
"It's about animals and my kids love books about animals."
Mrs. Kala from Dubai says her favourite book is:
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
"My son is 6yrs of age now and when he is only 3 I introduced the characters in this book. he liked the concept , and now he is familiar with all them and thinking that they are his friends too .From this he got the concept of love, friendship, bravery and even the first lessons of survival. Last year we had a trip to the same forest (kanha, M.P, India),which is narrated in the story.My son enjoyed the trip very much and he even demanded that he saw Mougly there.Its great to see Mougly's home land because the charecters are deeply imprinted on our mind, and the fact is that even in my childhood I liked the Jungle book and Tarzen very much.I also thought that Mougly and Tarzen are my friends. Actually this book gives a lot of chances for imagination and to cerain extend some knowledge about the life in the forest."
A few of you nominated books specially written for children who are learning English.
A parent in China likes the Look, Listen and Learn series by L.G. Alexander, and Sedat Aydin from Turkey likes The Lord Mount Dragon (ELT Edition) by Keith Ruttle.
This is one of the Cambridge Storybooks - books designed for children who are learning English.
Finally, many of you said that your favourite books are traditional stories, fables and fairy tales.
Vera Georgieva Vlahova from Bulgaria likes:
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen.
"It's interesting and that's true love!"
Marcela Solar from Chile nominates:
Gray Goose and Gander and Other Mother Goose Rhymes by Anne Rockwell
"My daughter likes it because of colourful drawings and easy sentences to learn, also because it's funny."