2000 adults were asked to reveal which books they considered to be must-reads for the next generation. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling was a close second, followed by The Lord of The Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien in third place.
Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, said: "It is interesting to see that most of the popular books to pass down the generations have strong moral messages entwined in them.
"It is great to see that parents want to share their love of reading and their favourite books with their children and we see this every day at The Hive with parents reading with their children in the library."
From the poll, it was also revealed 'Alice in Wonderland' is today's most-read book, with 41 percent of adults having read it.
The survey also revealed that one in five 18 - 24 year olds would pretend to have read a book to impress someone and that 35 - 44 year olds are the most avid library visitors - nearly half of the age group say they visit the library.
54 percent of adults said they missed reading, with 30 percent admitting they have not read a book in ages. Anne said: "Time is so precious nowadays that many people don't have the luxury to read as much as they used to, therefore making the right decision on what to read is more important than ever.