The most popular books of 2013, as voted by UK schoolchildren


Tomorrow is the National Libraries Day (Saturday 9th February).

In anticipation of this day,  Renaissance Learning asked over 300,000 British children to vote for their top 10 favourite books.  And the results are in today.

The most popular books of 2013, as voted for by 300,144 UK schoolchildren are:

 1.   Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
2.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
3.   Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
4.    Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
5.   The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine
6.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
7.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
8.   Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
9.   Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors by Cathy Hopkins
10. Survival by Survival

 The results surprised me a bit, mainly due to the fact that my own child has just about started reading. But on second thoughts, I felt it right. The list definitely reflects the trend and interest of today’s young ones, for fantasy and vampire romance, as in the Twilight series and The Morganville Vampires. A Harry Potter book was totally expected and so was The Dairy of a Wimpy Kid. 

But, where is Alice in Wonderland? where is Matilda?  books by Dickens? Have they stopped reading all those books deemed as a ‘Classic’? They are probably not as exciting as the contemporary books and then of course some of them are made into movie blockbusters.

However, there was another list released.

The most read authors across academic years 1-11 are:

1.    Roald Dahl
2.    Jeff Kinney
3.    Roderick Hunt
4.    Francesca Simon
5.    Suzanne Collins
6.    J.K Rowling
7.    Michael Morpurgo
8.    Allan Ahlberg
9.    Martin Waddell
10.  Julia Donaldson

I love Roderick Hunt and Allan Ahlberg (yes my little one is five).  Julia Donaldson is our personal favourite. Roald Dahl makes it on top and that makes everything right!


If you get a chance, please do pop by your local library tomorrow.