By Martin Coles

The results of a massive nationwide learn, this booklet examines the alterations within the final 20 years within the examining behavior of English young ones among the a while of ten and fourteen. either quantitative and qualitative findings are awarded and evaluated.

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Many children wrote entries such as Babysitters Club or Secret Seven, generic titles which could refer to a relatively large number of individual novels. Other children mentioned the name of the protagonist – Adrian Mole, for example, which could refer to several of Sue Townsend’s books. We describe, in Chapter 1, the decision to create a book list of the 19,344 titles and then to reorder the list, count the duplicate entries and relate the findings to the different variables of age, sex and social background.

Stine Humphrey Carpenter Roald Dahl Ted Hughes R. L. Stine R. Tankersley Cusick Lewis Carroll Anne Fine D. L. Athkins Jane O’ Brien R. L. Stine Diane Hoh 19 20 30 29 29 29 29 29 28 28 28 28 27 27 27 27 27 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22 22 22 22 Favourite books The Train Winnie the Pooh The Railway Children The Dandy The Naughtiest Girl series The Waitress Watership Down The Pet Cemeter The Cheerleader Camp Fear Tiger Eyes Going Solo Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret My Naughty Little Sister series The Perfume Oliver Twist Aladdin The Hitchhiker Home Alone I & II Sherlock Holmes series Jessica series Diary of Anne Frank The Fever Mother’s Helper Sonic the Hedgehog series Redwall series Flat Stanley series Guinness Book of Records Jungle Book The Window Room 13 Please Mrs Butler Hallowe’ en Party Monty series The Dead Girlfriend Charlotte’s Web Heidi The Rats It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet series Vlad the Drac series Silence of the Lambs Robin Hood Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Diane Hoh A.

Johns 96 Alistair Maclean 57 Ian Fleming 56 C. S. Lewis 54 H. G. Wells 51 A. Conan Doyle 45 Anthony Buckeridge 43 Louisa M. 9 per cent of the sample responded to this question in Whitehead’s 1971 survey. In our view this is likely to be attributable to the attention to authors in schools and in the marketing of books. Author visits and readings, letters to authors, the drawing of pupils’ attention to an author’s body of work – all of these are regular features of school life which serve to promote children’s awareness of authorship.

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