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What do children really want to read?

August 23, 2013

kid readingAccording to this NZ Herald article, modern day tales of wizards and vampires are proving more popular with British children than classic stories like Roald Dahl’s Matilda, research suggests.

Dirk Foch, managing director of Renassiance Learning said that the difference between the most popular books and the most read authors showed how children’s tastes have changed. “This is a very interesting point – it indicates that there is a big difference between the books children enjoy reading and the books that are available to them or the books they are encouraged to read by adults,” he said. “It’s clear that although books such as the Roald Dahl classics may still be very prevalent in schools, children’s tastes have very much moved on and it’s TV, film and vampires that are currently in vogue.”

As voted by 300,000 British children, the top books (which are all available in our library!) are:

Top 10 most popular books for UK children:

1. Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanby by JK Rowling

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

4. Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitzblessed are children of bookworm

5. The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling

8. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

9. Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors by Cathy Hopkins

10. Survival by Chris Ryan

Further resourceshow to help your child pick a book   how to encourage reading    and your local librarian may be able to help too of course!

Top 10 most read authors by UK children:

=1. Road Dahl =1. Jeff Kinney

2. Roderick Hunt

3. Francesca Simon

4. Suzanne Collins

5. J.K. Rowling

6. Michael Morpurgo

7. Allan Ahlberg

8. Martin Waddell

=9. Julia Donaldson =9. Jacqueline Wilson

10. Louis Sachar


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