Children's Reading Choices by Martin Coles

By Martin Coles

The results of a massive nationwide research, this e-book examines the adjustments within the final twenty years within the studying behavior of English kids among the a while of ten and fourteen. either quantitative and qualitative findings are awarded and evaluated.

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S. Lewis’s Narnia sequence tended to know the individual titles); others, such as the Asterix and Garfield series tended to be referred to generically. In reporting the children’s favourite titles, then, we offer two lists for consideration. The first list is of the most frequently mentioned titles and series, with individual titles alongside references to series books. The second list contains only individual titles, whatever series they might, or might not, be in. List 1: most frequently mentioned titles and series 50+ mentions 267 The BFG 235 Matilda 217 The Witches 212 The Twits 199 The Famous Five 197 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 160 Adrian Mole 148 Fantastic Mr Fox 146 James and the Giant Peach 139 The Babysitter I, II & III 125 Jurassic Park 110 George’s Marvellous Medicine 106 The Hobbit 93 The Magic Finger 93 The Secret Garden 91 The Secret Seven series 80 Babysitters Club series 78 Boy 75 Garfield serie 74 Asterix series 69 Sweet Valley High/Twins/ University series 66 Red Dwarf series 66 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 63 It 62 The Beano 59 Trick or Treat Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Enid Blyton Roald Dahl Sue Townsend Roald Dahl Roald Dahl R.

The top ten favourite authors We can investigate further the characteristics of the different groups of children who name particular favourite authors. The data show, for example, that higher percentages of socio-economic groups C , followed by D/E and C , named Roald 2 1 Dahl as their favourite author than groups A and B. More boys than girls (24 per cent: 21 per cent) chose Dahl as their favourite, and the percentages naming him as a favourite declined in the teenage years (30 per cent of 10-year-olds; 26 per cent of 12-year-olds and 12 per cent of 14-year-olds).

The interest in reading about animals and horses starts to wane, but the interest in relationships and romance is clear. Indeed, books in the Point Horror series, though plotted around horrific events, often have themes centred on relationships and growing up, which may explain why boys are less interested in this series. The list does not give any indication that girls of this age often read ‘adult’ fiction. This is in contrast to the reading habits of boys at the same age; a significant proportion of boys appear to establish adult reading preferences before girls do.

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