Children's Reading Choices by Martin Coles

By Martin Coles

The results of an important nationwide learn, this booklet examines the alterations within the final twenty years within the studying behavior of English young children among the a long time of ten and fourteen. either quantitative and qualitative findings are provided and evaluated.

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There is a notable tendency for girls of this age to read series. There are 20 series mentioned here, more than in any of the lists for boys. Obvious too is an interest in animals, particularly horses, and animal stories. It seems too that the obvious preference of older girls for fiction centred on romance, relationships and growing up is being established at this age, as evidenced by the popularity of the Babysitter and Sweet Valley series, and the presence of titles such as Little Women, Oliver Twist, My 38 Favourite books Girl, The Secret Garden, Are You There God?

L. Stine Sinclair Smith Gene Kemp Kenneth Grahame Diane Hoh Roald Dahl Louisa May Alcott R. Tankersley Cusick Virginia Andrews R. L. Stine Roald Dahl Ted Hughes R. L. Stine Richie Tankersley Cusick Lewis Carroll Anne Fine D. L. Athkins Jane O’Brien Diane Hoh Diane Hoh A. A. Milne Edith Nesbitt Sinclair Smith Richard Adams Stephen King Caroline B. Cooney Carol Ellis Judy Blume Roald Dahl Judy Blume Dorothy Edwards Caroline B. Cooney Charles Dickens 25 26 26 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 Favourite books The Hitchhiker Diary of Anne Frank The Fever Mother’s Helper Flat Stanley The Guinness Book of Records The Jungle Book The Window Room 13 Please Mrs Butler Hallowe’en Party The Dead Girlfriend Charlotte’s Web Heid The Rats Silence of the Lambs Robin Hood Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Woof The Client Misery Blubber Treasure Island Deenie Just as Long as We’re Together The Sheep-Pig Stig of the Dump Take That 101 Dalmations R.

16 Reading at different ages • Nearly 16 per cent of the children surveyed were reading a mixture of ‘children’s’ and ‘adult’ fiction and non-fiction in the month before the survey. There was a notable range in the genres of text and in levels of sophistication and complexity within individual children’s reading choices. • One-third of the children had re-read one or more books in the previous month. Five per cent of children had re-read three or more books. The trend is for younger children and girls to re-read most.

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