First published in 1942, the 21 novels follow four adventurous young children, Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina, and her dog, Timmy.
The popular series topped the poll of beloved childhood novels, beating the likes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which appeared in 17th place.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory completed the top three.
Also securing a place within the top 10 were Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Mr. Men and Little Miss books.
While The Railway Children, The Hungry Caterpillar and The Wind in the Willows also featured in the top 50.
The study was commissioned by Camden Market, ahead of World Book Day, which will see the food stalls at the Lock, Stables, Buck Street and Hawley Wharf markets recreate some of the most memorable dishes from children’s books.
These will include Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake from Matilda, Turkish Delight and Hot Chocolate from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and a bubble tea inspired by the BFG’s Frobscottle.
The study of 2,000 adults also found 52 per cent adore these stories because they remind them of their own childhood, while one in four think they teach valuable lessons.
The average adult reckons they have read around a third of these popular titles, but 46 per cent wished they’d read more of these memorable stories in their youth.
Maggie Milosavljevic, commercial director at LabTech, said: “It’s great to see so many iconic childhood books and characters coming through in the research.
“We’ve all had our own experiences immersing ourselves within these stories in our youth and imagining ourselves in some of our favourite character’s shoes.
“We hope to bring some of the magic of these legendary tales to life throughout the World Book Day weekend at Camden Market.”
The study also found, of those who are parents, 87

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