Charlie beats Harry in poll of children’s books
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.