From "Heroes and Heroin: The 10 Greatest Novels of Children" in the UK's Independent:
One is a cosy bedtime read about a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor; another takes you into the world of a 14-year-old heroin user; and a third enacts an elaborate fantasy of demons and witch-clans.
They are among 10 books today nominated as the most important children's novels of the past 70 years, and encompass gritty themes of murder, war and illness as well as the deeds of fairies, angels and strange beings.
Philip Pullman's Northern Lights was chosen alongside classics such as Mary Norton's The Borrowers and Alan Garner's The Owl Service by judges of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children's literature, as a kind of "Carnegie of Carnegies" to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
Click the link above to read the entire story and see the rest of the books on the list. You can access the Carnegie Medal site itself, too. The Carnegie Medal is the UK equivalent of the Newbery.