Char­lie beats Harry in poll of chil­dren’s books

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - PA

Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory has beaten Harry Pot­ter in a poll of chil­dren’s books that have made an im­pact on Bri­tish fam­i­lies.

Roald Dahl’s 1964 tale about Char­lie Bucket’s ad­ven­tures in Willy Wonka’s fac­tory was voted the top read by par­ents of chil­dren aged 12 and un­der.

Dahl also took sec­ond and third place with The BFG (1982) and Matilda (1988), all three il­lus­trated by Quentin Blake.

The poll was com­mis­sioned by the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Green­away medals, a book awards scheme for chil­dren that cel­e­brates its 80th an­niver­sary this year, to see which books since its launch had stood the test of time.

JK Rowl­ing’s first Pot­ter book, Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone (1997), was sixth of 15.

The old­est book on the list was The Hob­bit by JRR Tolkien (1937). Carnegie medal win­ner The Bor­row­ers by Mary Nor­ton (1952) was 14th, and Kate Green­away win­ner Fa­ther Christ­mas by Ray­mond Briggs (1973) was 15th.

CILIP chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Poole said: “The find­ings show the strength of il­lus­tra­tion and fan­tasy in read­ing choices, as well as the nos­tal­gia and af­fec­tion that par­ents have for books from their own child­hood.” This year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Green­away medal win­ners will be an­nounced in Lon­don to­day.

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