* Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
* Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken.
* The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
* A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna.
* Just William books by Richmal Crompton.
* The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
* The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono.
* The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy.
* Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah.
* Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
* I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.
* The Tygrine Cat (and The Tygrine Cat on the Run) by Inbali Iserles.
* Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse.
* When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr.
* Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett.
* The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson.
* The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
* Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White.
* How to be Topp by Geoffrey Willams and Ronald Searle.
* Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.
* Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.
* Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
* The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
* Skellig by David Almond.
* Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay.
* Talkin Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah.
* Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean.
* People Might Hear You by Robin Klein.
* Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.
* Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan.
* After the First Death by Robert Cormier.
* The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd.
* Beano Annual.
Hmm... which children's books I think all kids should have read?
Astrid Lindgren, at least some of it. Preferably all :-D Emil and Pippi anyway.
C.S.Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Wind in the willows
Three musqeteers and Monte Christo
Something by Burroughs and Verne
Something by Enid Blyton
The Secret Garden
Well, all the classics :-D They are classics for a reason.
50 picture books
Shaker Lane by Alice and Martin Provensen
Next Stop Grand Central by Maira Kalman
I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss Illustrated by Mary Blair
Come Away from The Water, Shirley by John Burningham
365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental Illustrated by Joelle Jolivet
That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell Illustrated by Neal Layton
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood by Ramona Badescu Illustrated by Delphine Durand
Madeline And The Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
Oh, The THINKS You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My by Tove Jansson
The Story of The Little Red Engine by Diana Ross and Leslie Wood
The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
Would you Rather by John Burningham
The Circle of Days by Reeve Lindburgh and Cathy Felsted
This Little Chick by John Lawrence
The Adventures of Uncle Lubin by W. Heath Robinson
Little Bear by Else Homelund-Minarik and Maurice Sendak
The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse written and illustrated by Edward Lear
Just William by Richmal Crompton, illustrated by Thomas Henry
Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorn, illustrated by Granville Fell
The Adventures of Tin-Tin written and illustrated by Hergé
The Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, illustrated by Mervyn Peake
Albert and the Lion by Marriott Edgar, illustrated by John Hassall
Pierre by Maurice Sendak
The Miracle of the Bears by Wolf Erlbruch
Trubloff by John Burningham
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Jitterbug Jam written by Barbara Jean Hicks, Illustrated by Alexis Deacon
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Wave by Suzy Lee
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Le Voyage d’Oregon written by Rascal, illustrated by Louis Joos
The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey
Geraldine, the Music Mouse by Leo Lionni
Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon
Puss and Boots by Ayano Imai
Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski
Mr Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrate by Maurice Sendak
Crictor by Tomi Ungerer
The Rabbits by John Marsden, illustrated by Shaun Tan
Ginger by Charlotte Voake
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon
Clarice Bean, That’s Me! by Lauren Child
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Marshall Armstrong is New to our School by David Mackintosh
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Scarry's books, Sendak's books... the little caterpillar... brambly hedge and Beatrix Potter... and... well... take the kids to a library and let them loose in the picture book section, and let them borrow one book every week. So they'll read 50 books every year, since they get interested in books :-D They will find books they are interested in, because there are so many of them.
If they read Tintin, Asterix, Oompapah and Lucky Luke, great! If they read other series, like Donald Duck, fine. Kids aren't supposed to read "good" literature, but get in the habit of reading.