Top 10 Best Children's Books from the 1970s

The 1970s delivered a plethora of incredible new children's books, including phizz-whizzing tales from Roald Dahl, sensational fantasy books, school stories to treasure and lots more. Check out the list below for the very best children's books from the 1970s, ordered by publication date.

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1. Fantastic Mr Fox

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Roald Dahl | 1970

Boggis, Bunce and Bean are three horrid, grouchy, ugly farmers. None of them are particularly smart, so how can Mr Fox possibly resist stealing food and drink from their farms? But now, these three foul farmers want to get their own back. Can Mr Fox escape their guns, their plots to kill him, protect his beloved wife and children - and not starve in the process? Fast-paced, funny and full of fun, kids will love this Roald Dahl classic.





2. The Lorax

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Dr. Seuss | 1971

Discover the wonderfully zany language, crazy characters and rip-roaring rhyming verse of the fantastic Dr. Seuss in this much-loved favourite tale. A strange, secluded man named the Once-ler selfishly chops down all the precious Truffula trees to grow his business and his wealth, despite repeated warnings from the Lorax about the consequences. What will happen to the poor creatures who need those trees, and can the forest and its inhabitants be saved? This fun, colourful tale also conveys an important environmental message.


3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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Judy Blume | 1972

Peter reckons he's got the world's biggest problem: his little brother, Fudge. Fudge causes trouble wherever he goes, and usually, it's Peter's job to clear up his mess! When Peter wins a tiny green turtle called Dribble, he resolves to keep it away from his brother, but somehow, Fudge gets his hands on Dribble... and disaster strikes! What will happen to the little turtle and the bond between the brothers? Discover this hilarious tale from much-loved children's author Judy Blume.



4. Carrie's War

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Nina Bawden | 1973

Discover an evocative picture of life for evacuee children in World War II with this stunning classic novel. Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated to Wales with severe shopkeeper Mr Evans and his gentle sister, Lou, whom he cruelly bullies. It's not long before the two children meet a cast of quirky village characters and become immersed in every aspect of village life - including a strange, unsettling mystery they must try to solve. Featuring suspense, intrigue and excitement, young booklovers will be enthralled by this wonderful story.


5. The Great Ghost Rescue

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Eva Ibbotson | 1975

Humphrey the Horrible may sound frightening, but he's actually a very friendly skeleton, with sparkling eye sockets and jangling finger bones. He dreams of being ghastly and awful like his brother, or terrifying like his bloodsucking vampire-bat cousins. But when he discovers an evil plot to exorcise his family, Humphrey realises you don't have to be bloodcurdlingly horrid to be a hero! This sensationally spooky story will enthral young readers.




6. Dogger

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Shirley Hughes | 1977

Dave's beloved little toy Dogger is a well-worn dog with crooked ears and a friendly face. He means absolutely everything to Dave. So when Dogger goes missing, Dave is devastated. Will he ever find his dear little Dogger? This classic picture book has enchanted children for years and continues to be hugely relatable for kids who have ever lost a favourite toy.



7. The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler

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Gene Kemp | 1977

Tyke Tiler and Danny Price are the best of friends, much to the despair of the long-suffering headmaster of Cricklepit Combined School, because wherever these kids go, trouble seems to follow! Stolen money, a sheep's skeleton, fights in class - somehow, it's always trouble that Tyke has to sort out. Can Tyke help the hapless Danny stay out of trouble - and what final surprise does Tyke have in store? Discover this hilarious and captivating tale from award-winning author, Gene Kemp.




8. Bridge to Terabithia

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Katherine Paterson | 1977

Jesse Aarons is determined to be the fastest runner in class, so when a new girl named Leslie turns out to be faster, he's not happy! But over time, these two misfits develop a close friendship. They embark on all sorts of fantasy adventures in the imaginary land of Terabithia in the woods, but it can only be reached by a rope-swing across a river. What will happen when tragedy strikes whilst Jesse is away? Uplifting and heart-breaking, this book will stay with you long after you turn the final page.


9. The Snowman

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Raymond Briggs | 1978

This classic winter picture book has been a much-loved favourite for decades. It features a friendly snowman who comes to life one magical, snow-covered night, and goes on all sorts of adventures with the boy who built him. This enthralling tale is filled with beautiful, delicate illustrations, the perfect book to snuggle up with on a cold night.




10. The Neverending Story

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Michael Ende | 1979

This magical tale follows the seemingly small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux, who would be the last person to consider himself a hero. But through the pages of an old book, he uncovers a mysterious world of enchantment, which is falling into decay. The immense task of restoring the world now falls to Bastian, and this sets the stage for a spellbinding adventure.