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Top 10 Books Parents Think Children Should Read


I was interested to read in The Telegraph earlier this week about a survey by the University of Worcester which asked 2,000 adults which books they would be most anxious to pass on and have their children read.

The results demonstrated once more the strong ties of nostalgia to reading, with participants wanting to pass on the books that made them feel best from their own childhoods. It’s gratifying and even surprising, sometimes, the staying power that a classic has over generations. Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago, but his books are still loved and widely read. Based on nostalgia alone, I would certainly pass on A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle to my own children, as well as books by Enid Blyton, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Tolkien and Dickens make up 40% of the top 10 list between them. Not bad.

The University of Worcester’s top-ten of must-read titles:

1.A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

2.The Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling

3.The Lord of The Rings, JRR Tolkien

4.Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

5.Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

6.The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis

7.Animal Farm, George Orwell

8.Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

9.The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

10.To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

From the poll, it was also revealed ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is today’s most-read book, with 41 percent of adults having read it.

More than one third have read CS Lewis’ ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, which was following closely by Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in The Willows’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ with 37 per cent and 36 percent of adults having read these books.

The findings were part of a promotion to celebrate the opening of The Hive at The University of Worcester, which is the first combination university library and public library in Europe. The five-floor, 10,000-meter facility boasts all University books plus all city library books plus thousands of new books, and promises to be an unparalleled information resource for students and the general public alike. Academic and textbooks in high demand will be prioritized for student use, with longer loan times of more materials at a time also reserved for students.

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Beth Carswell

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I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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