Philip Pullman:The Magic Pudding. Anything by Arthur Ransome. Tove Jansson’s Moomins.
Neil Gaiman:The Narnia books. The Mary Poppins books. Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In the Willows.
Francesca Simon:Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Half Magic by Edward Eager. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
Andrew Motion (former poet laureate and Man Booker prize jury chair):
Treasure Island and other books by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Erica Wagner (former Times literary editor and Man Booker prize judge):
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin. The Owl Service by Alan Garner. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban. All of George and Martha by James Marshall. All of Maurice Sendak. Watership Down by Richard Adams.
Daniel Hahn (translator and chair of the Society of Authors):
Charlotte Higgins (Guardian chief culture writer)
The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley.