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Tuesday, October 9, 2012



100 best opening lines from children's books


Hooks for young readers

Once upon a not the only way to begin a children's book.
L.M. Montgomery opted for a daring 148-word sentence to open her classic Anne of Green Gables, while J. M. Barrie introduced generations of youngsters to Peter Pan with a short, sharp six words. Revisit the most memorable and gripping opening sentences of 100 essential books for youngsters - from pre-school to high-school - in the gallery below.
Let us know your favorite children's book first lines from the gallery.
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  • Alice In Wonderland,  Lewis Carroll
  • Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
  • Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
  • Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  • Curious George, H.A. Rey
  • The Little Engine that Could, Watty Piper
  • Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, Ian Fleming
  • The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
  • Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard and Florence Atwater
  • Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
  • Paddington Bear, Michael Bond
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
  • The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
  • Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Jon Scieszka
  • Hansel and Gretel, the Brothers Grimm
  • The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Anderson
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams
  •  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling
  • The Railway Children, Edith Nesbit
  •  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
  • The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
  • The Naughtiest Girl in the School, Enid Blyton
  • Little Red Riding Hood, Jacob Grimm
  • Johnny and the Dead, Terry Pratchett
  • The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth, Eoin Colfer
  • The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
  • The Iron Man: A Children's Story In Five nights, Ted Hughes
  • The Borrowers, Mary Norton
  • The Golden Compass,  Philip Pullman
  • Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
  • Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi
  • Stig of the Dump, Clive King
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
  • The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton
  • Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Series, Ann Brashares
  • Batman: Year One, Frank Miller
  • The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
  • The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Island of the Aunts, Eva Ibbotson
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum
  • Doctor De Soto, William Steig
  • Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson
  • Just William, Richmal Crompton
  • The Water-Babies, Charles Kingsley
  • Where's Spot? Eric Hill
  • The Demon Headmaster, Gillian Cross
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood, Colin Dann
  • Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
  • Tom's Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce
  • Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe
  • The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle
  • Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock, Carolyn Keene
  • The Story of Babar, Jean de Brunhoff
  • George Speaks, Dick King-Smith
  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume
  • Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
  • The Nurse Matilda, Christianna Brand
  • Noisy Nora, Rosemary Wells
  • Funnybones, Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg
  • Carrie's War, Nina Bawden
  • Five Children and It, Edith Nesbit
  • Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
  • Sweet Valley High: Double Love, Francine Pascal
  • Heidi, Johanna Spyri
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • Mr Majeika, Humphrey Carpenter
  • Thumbelina, Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Alan Garner
  • The Box of Delights, John Masefield
  • The Borribles, Michael de Larrabeiti
  • My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
  • The Queen's Nose, Dick King-Smith
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl
Courtesy of  STYLIST 


  1. I love the opening like of Charlotte's Web!

    "Where's Papa going with that axe?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast."
    So Denny likes CHARLOTE'S WEB!What a wonderful cat!I love his blog!Thank you for comment,Rena.