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The Very Hungry Caterpillar 'top UK bedtime read'

5th March 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is regarded as the UK's best bedtime book, a new poll has shown.

A survey of 4,000 adults with children aged between two and 11 found that the picture book, which follows a caterpillar as it eats its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly, is the one which parents prefer to send their kids to sleep with.

The research revealed that C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the nation's second favourite bedtime book, followed by The BFG by Roald Dahl, A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo.

Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson commented: 'It's fantastic to see that the traditional stories that so many of us have grown up with are still as popular today as they ever were.'

The poll, which was commissioned by Munch Bunch, also found that eight in ten parents believe reading books will make their children a well-rounded individual.

Recent research from Professor Keith Topping of the University of Dundee's school of education found boys are reading just as much as girls, but they tend to choose easier books, the Independent reported.

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