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Children's books 'make up 70% of library loans'

18th February 2011

Seven out of ten books borrowed from the UK's libraries last year were works of children's literature, new figures have revealed.

The latest annual compilation by the Public Lending Right, which uses information about the royalties authors are paid for library loans, shows that only three writers of adult fiction were in the UK's top ten.

These are James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel, while the children's authors included Daisy Meadows, Jacqueline Wilson, Francesca Simon and Mick Inkpen.

Julia Donaldson, Lauren Child and Terry Deary completed the list, with The Gruffalo author Donaldson saying the findings highlight how libraries play an integral role in stimulating young people's love of literature.

'This just shows how much children need and are entitled to libraries and librarians. It's how they find out which books they like best and develop a love of reading,' she explained.

The Gruffalo was also the most borrowed children's book over the year, with Swimsuit by Patterson and Maxine Paetro being loaned most often to adult borrowers.

Last year, research carried out by reading charity Booktrust and publisher Pearson showed that The Gruffalo was the most popular book among young readers in the UK, followed by Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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