Pooh and Narnia ahead of Harry Potter

April 18, 2008

Winnie the Pooh, The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe and the Famous Five all have raced ahead of Harry Potter in a poll to find the top fifty children’s books. This is a real surprise as the previous 4 Harry Potter books have been the fastest selling books in history. The poll took views from 4000 parents and shows that classics finds greater favor with parents though modern stories are popular too. The lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has been voted as the best children’s book of all time. This masterpiece that was created by CS Lewis and published for the 1st time ever 58 years ago beat its nearest competitor The Very Hungry Caterpillar into second place. Written by Eric Carle and when it was published in 1960 it is said to have sold a copy every minute.

The Famous Five written by Enid Blyton ranked 3rd while A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh has been voted in as #4. The fifth position is occupied by the Big Friendly Giant. There is just one J.K Rowling book – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince that stood at #6.

“The final fifty are a superb collection of the new and the old offering something for everyone to read” said Viv Bird, a director. As per the poll 4 in every 5 parents read bed time stories to their children every night averaging twenty two minutes a single time. Half of those parents who were questioned revealed that they read stories to their children from the time their toddlers were age 6 months and 18% told stories prior to their baby being born.