Australia's 51 most-loved children's books of all time

Australians have revealed an enduring passion for children's picture books in a survey of our favourite books of all time. Over 27,000 votes were cast in the Dymocks annual survey, and 70 per cent of the top 51 books are from the picture book category, proving you're never too old to appreciate a beautifully-written and illustrated book.

Timeless 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar claimed top spot, finally toppling literary powerhouse Harry Potter from its position as king. The Harry Potter series was at number one for the last three years of the survey, slipping down the ranks to number eight for 2017. In all nine years the survey has run, it has never ranked lower than the number two spot.

The top 10 is almost exclusively populated with picture books, which claim nine of the top positions. Mem Fox also continues her reign as Australia's favourite children's author, with two books in the top 10 and a further two in the top 51. Her book Possum Magic comes in at number three, and has sold more copies than any other Australian children's book.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

3. Possum Magic by Mem Fox

4. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

5. Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss


7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

8. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

9. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

10. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The full list features 18 Aussie authors, including Aaron Blabey and Alison Lester - who both have two books on the list - Jackie French, Hazel Edwards, and Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

Recent movie releases have influenced the top book lists, with popular young adult novels the Hunger Games series, The Fault in our Stars, Tomorrow, When the War Began and the Divergent series all making the grade.

Here's the rest of the list, which can also be found on the Dymocks website.

11. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

12. Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney

13. Animalia by Graeme Base

14. Where's Spot? By Eric Hill

15. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

16. Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen

17. Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss

18. Paddington by Michael Bond

19. Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan

20. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

21. Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

22. There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards

23. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

24. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

25. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

26. Are you my Mother? by PD Eastman

27. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

28. Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

29. Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles

30. Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

31. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

32. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

33. Matilda by Roald Dahl

34. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

35. Magic Beach by Alison Lester

36. Charlotte's Web by EB White

37. Imagine by Alison Lester

38. Koala Lou by Mem Fox

39. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

40. The BFG by Roald Dahl

41. The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

42. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

43. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

44. The Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey

45. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

46. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

47. Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey

48. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

49. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

50. Divergent series by Veronica Roth

51. Alice-Miranda series by Jacqueline Harvey