Found this interesting Article on children's book, thanks to Chloe Jones.
How The Very Hungry Caterpillar is our favourite and most widely read children’s book: Cinderella, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Spot the Dog also make the top 10!
He’s been munching through fruit, cake and sausages for more than 40 years…but children still haven’t lost their appetite for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Eric Carle’s 1969 tale about a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly is the most read children’s book in Britain, a study revealed yesterday.
Researchers estimate it is read an average of nine times a year by the nation’s 5.5million primary school children.
Nation's favourite: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, first released in 1969, is still British primary school children's most popular book, with nine reads each year
The second most popular book is the Cinderella fairytale, read around 8.7 times a year, according to the poll of 2,000 parents.
The report, commissioned by the Early Learning Centre, also found parents actively encourage their children to read books they enjoyed as youngsters, prompting the comeback of a string of classics.
Popular: Books about Postman Pat, and his trusty cat Jess, came in at fifth in the poll with 7.49 reads each year
Yesterday Nicki Tracey, Head of Brand Communications for the Early Learning Centre said: 'A huge amount of parents are familiar with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and it’s a book that has obviously been passed down through the generations.
'It’s great to see so many books on this list that parents have obviously enjoyed themselves as children and as a result encouraged their own children to read and love as well.
'It’s especially good to see that so many parents and children enjoy reading these stories that they re-read the same books over and over.
'Reading boosts children’s development, teaches them new words and helps them discover and learn about the world.'
The third most read books were Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men series followed by the Peppa Pig books based on the Channel 5 TV show and John Cunliffe’s Postman Pat adventures.
Parents and children read about Postman Pat’s adventures an average of 7.5 times a year while The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson’s animated modern fantasy about a fictitious monster who lurks in the woods, is likely to be read at least seven times a year.
THE MOST READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS
(The figures are based number of times each book is read a year per household)
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle 8.85
2. Cinderella - Various 8.71
3. Mr Men - Roger Hargreaves 8.41
4. Peppa Pig - Various 7.72
5. Postman Pat - John Cunliffe 7.49
6. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson 7.48
7. Fireman Sam - Various 7.43
8. Spot the Dog - Eric Hill 7.39
9. Biff, Chip and Kipper - Roderick and Cynthia Rider Hunt 7.31
10. Horrid Henry - Francesca Simon 7.25
Roald Dahl’s 1964 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dr Seuss’s 1957 book The Cat in the Hat and the 1980s Spot the Dog series also made the top 20.
The study also found most parents said their children picked up a book and either read to themselves or got their parents to read it every day.
And ninety per cent claim their children read or were read to at least three times a week.
Parents also agreed that sons and daughters had very different tastes when it came to their reading habits but both preferred adventure stories.
One in five parents admitted to bribing their children to read by offering them pocket money.
Technology has also had an impact on how children read with more than a quarter of parents saying their child had read a story on an e-reader.
The poll also found 12 per cent of parents said their offspring liked reading books based on films or TV shows.
I thought this article was quite interesting as I have decided to create a book cover for Cinderella as part of my FMP and to find out that it is one of the most read children's books has given me another push to work even hard to produce a new cover for the story with out repeating what has already been done, creating new ideas and something different in style. Wanting to keep the cover child friendly, i also want to make it quite dark as most of the covers I have seen for Cinderella are all happy and magical, but the story also has dark and saddening plots and events. I do want to keep the illustrations quite literal as it is a children's book and going metaphorical or too illiterate might make it too confusing.
It is also nice to see that Biff, Chip and Kipper, one of the series of books I used to read as a child, still in the top ten most read books! It was one of the well known series of books when I was a kid and it's good to see that children are still reading them, considering children's tv shows have completely changed, I did not think many of the books I read as a kid would still be well known, Postman pat has always been a favourite of children, but the tv show has completely changed, it is just not the same anymore.
The Mr. Men series as still as good as ever, simple shaped characters that are so lovable!