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Animal-based children's books 'loved by kids and parents'

19th October 2010

Children's books that centre on animals and nature appear to be the most popular with both young readers and their parents, it has been found.

Research conducted by reading charity Booktrust and publisher Pearson showed that animals are the main characters in the favourite children's books of 2010.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Peppa Pig books were found to be the most popular titles among today's younger readers.

In addition, more than 1,500 parents and carers were surveyed for the research, with 90 per cent saying children's books featuring animal characters are important in developing an interest in the natural world.

The poll also showed that 92 per cent of respondents think animal characters allow children to better understand human feelings, experiences and relationships.

Children's author Eric Carle commented: 'I hope that my books can help children to develop a love of the natural world so that they will treasure and care for their environment.'

Recent research by publishing company Scholastic revealed that 83 per cent of parents are in favour of their children using dedicated e-reading devices such as the BeBook eReader.
 

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