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Roald Dahl named teachers' favourite author

13th March 2012

Roald Dahl has been named the favourite children's author in the UK, following a poll of the nation's schoolteachers.

The survey was conducted by the education online resources website Teachit Primary, which questioned 848 teachers to determine which author's books they most commonly read from and study in class, with Dahl the overwhelming favourite.

The single most popular book with teachers was Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo, which received more than twice as many votes as the second-placed title, Louis Sachar's Holes.

However, Siobhain Archer, the website's founder, explained that Dahl's presence in the list was stronger than that of any other author.

'When counted together with all those who could not name a favourite title but who said any of Dahl's books were a hit with their classes, a staggering 17 per cent of primary teachers named him as their favourite children's author,' she added.

Five of Dahl's books appeared in the top ten, with Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Danny the Champion of the World, The BFG and George's Marvellous Medicine all making the list.

The remaining children's books in the index were The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are and Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

Though Dahl never won a children's literary prize in his lifetime, his legacy is the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which was launched in 2008 to boost the profile of humorous books and their authors and encourage family togetherness through reading.

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