Monday, 25 February 2008

Top 10 children's books

C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, first published in 1950, has been voted the favourite children's book of all time. The charity Booktrust conducted a survey of 4000 people between the ages of 16 and 65 to come up with its list, and nearly all of them are, like Lewis's book, classics. J K Rowling makes it in at number 6 with Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (2005) and Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo (1999) is at number 10, but the rest of the Top 10 were published between 1865 (Alice in Wonderland) and 1969 (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). One reason for this could be that these books have had time to filter through the generations, with many of the older people who voted now reading them to their childen or grandchildren - the survey also found that four in five parents read their children bedtime stories every night.

The Times and The Telegraph both covered this story last week, with the Telegraph listing the Top 50 in full.

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