Charlie voted number one

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Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, illustrated by Quentin Blake

World Book Day survey reveals Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the number one book to read before a child turns 16

Ahead of World Book Day (UK and Ireland) - which takes place this Thursday 5 March - Sainsbury's has revealed which 50 books every child should read before they turn 16, and Roald Dahl's much-loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is top of the list.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, tells the tale of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and his five Golden Ticket winners - Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and, of course, Charlie Bucket. The story has been turned into two iconic films - in 1971 and 2005 - as well as an opera and, more recently, a West End musical.

And it's not the only Roald Dahl title to appear in the list: James and the Giant Peach - arguably his first successful children's story, published in 1961 - is at number six and The BFG, which is set for the big screen in 2016, is number seven. Just missing the Top Ten, Matilda reached number twelve, whilst The Twits is at number thirty.

Sainsbury's surveyed 2,000 parents in February 2015. Charlie Bucket, The BFG, Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood also made the Top 20 Best-Loved Children's Book Characters. Read the full list here

Meanwhile, Roald Dahl and author Jeff Kinney are the most-read authors in this year's What Kids Are Reading survey, which covers the nearly 3,000 schools in the UK that take part in Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader scheme.

The most-read book in primary schools was Roald Dahl's The Twits, followed by Fantastic Mr Fox

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