According to the Public Lending Right, children borrowing books from the library has been on the rise for the past six years with almost 80% of 5 to 10 year olds regularly visiting their local library.
Following concerns that the future of public libraries is looking bleak, these statistics reveal that there’s still a huge number of people borrowing books from libraries – and that it’s children’s books that they’re reading most.
In a list of the ten most borrowed authors, children’s authors topped the list with Horrid Henry series author Francesca Simon at No 1, followed by a group of writers who go under the pen name Daisy Meadows who produce the Rainbow Magic Fairy series. Also in the top ten were Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, Charlie & Lola creator Lauren Child and of course, Julia Donaldson, the writer of the ever popular Gruffalo book.
This list comes after the Office for National Statistics found that 69 million children’s books were borrowed during 2009, compared with 63 million four years ago.
What was the last book you took out of the library?