The 20 best children’s books ever – what the voters say

5. The Hobbit (text and illustrations by JRR Tolkien, 1937) The classic fantasy novel The Hobbit is set in Middle Earth and follows the journey of hobbit protagonist Bilbo Baggins, wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves. During their periodic quest to reclaim the Dwarves’ home and treasure, they encounter conflict and danger, and Bilbo reaches a … Read more