In anticipation of National Libraries Day on Saturday February 9, over 300,000 British children have voted on their top 10 favourite books.
The survey, conducted by Renaissance Learning, found that time-honoured tomes Harry Potter and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid have retained their page-turning prowess, while the top spot was taken by Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires.
The respondents, who ranged from academic years 1-11, clearly favoured supernatural stories including Percy Jackson and Potter, while approval was also afforded to books which have risen to the big screen including the Wimpy Kid series and Twilight (presumably voted in by the older children)
Surprisingly, childhood classics by the likes of Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson were omitted from the list. We can only speculate that their exclusion was down to a lack of angst-ridden vampires and/or werewolves…
The most popular books of 2013, as voted for by 300,144 UK schoolchildren are:
1. Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
4. Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
5. The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
8. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
9. Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors by Cathy Hopkins
10. Survival by Chris Ryan