Page turners: What are they reading? 2013’s top ten of children’s authors includes some surprises…

  • Page turners: What are they reading? 2013’s top ten of children’s authors includes some surprises…

​After compiling the votes of 300, 144 children in Years 1-11 throughout the 2011/12 school year, Renaissance Learning has announced some key findings from its annual ‘What Kids Are Reading’ report, which will be released in full in early March.

New to the list of the ten most read authors for 2013 are Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and Louis Sachar (Holes); Roald Dahl is still top, however, despite none of his titles appearing on the top ten of children’s favourite books, where the number one spot is taken by Rachel Caine’s The Morganville Vampires. “This is a very interesting point,” observes Dirk Foch, Renaissance Learning’s MD. “It’s clear that although books such as the Roald Dahl classics may still be very prevalent in schools, children’s tastes have very much moved on and it’s TV, film and vampires that are currently in vogue.” Something to bear in mind when planning lessons, perhaps?

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