‘Winnie The Pooh’ has been named the best-loved children’s book of the last 150 years in a poll.
AA Milne’s classic, published in 1926, was the first volume of stories about Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and the “bear of very little brain”.
Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1865) came second, followed by The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) by US author and illustrator Eric Carle.
In fifth place, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, published in 1999 and about a monster’s encounter with a little brown mouse, is the most recent book on the list, which is dominated by British authors.
No books published since 2000 have made it in to the top 10, according to the YouGov poll.
Roald Dahl has two books in the Top 10 – Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (1964) in sixth place and The BFG (1982) – set to be adapted into a new film directed by Steven Spielberg – in ninth.
The rest of the top 10 include The Hobbit (1937), in fourth place, Black Beauty (1877), in seventh, Treasure Island (1883), in the eighth slot and in tenth place The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (1950).
The results were published to coincide with an initiative to promote reading and support vulnerable children in Britain.