Children's book publishers Puffin published a list of 70 of the best and best-loved children's books of all time this week.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, unquestionably one of the best loved books in the world tops the list off. Famously George W Bush specified it as his favourite book from childhood, even though he was in his twenties when it was published, as comedians were keen to point out.
Several of Roald Dahl's works also feature strongly on the list. Children's books are remembered long into adulthood, and hence potentially very valuable and collectible. Here, we look at five of our favourites:
Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
A true legend in the United States, Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat was created partly in response to a challenge in Life magazine for certain children's illustrators. The magazine article argued that the first books used to help children read were not lively enough.
The first book featuring The Cat in the Hat, based around words that a child would be learning at that age appeared in 1957, and has now been adapted to musical stage, the movie screen, video games and fairground rides.
Senator Leader Harry Reid even referred to the zany stories in the Senate, mainly in comparing the degree of mess the House was making over a bill.
A first edition, first issue of the first and second Cat in the Hat books sold for $2,868 at Heritage in 2009. Amongst the first edition collectors of The Cat is Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle-Gellar.
Collectors interested in American classics may wish to check out this Charles Schulz (Peanuts) portfolio which is currently available.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling