Harry Potter Books Make Top Book to Pass On and Bed Time Story Lists
March 04, 2010, 11:52 AM
A World Book Day survey has found that the Harry Potter series ranks as the top book readers would pass on to younger generations. The BBC reports that more than 1,000 Britons aged 16-64 were surveyed as part of this poll, which ranked such other books as The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini as novels people would likely pass down. The full list is as follows:
- The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
- The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
- Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions - New Scientist
- A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
- Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
- The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
- 9/11 Commission Report - National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States
- You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life - Dr Gillian McKeith
- The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
- Dreams From My Father - Barack Obama
On a related note, the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince novel was ranked in a list of the best bed time stories from a survey of parents with children aged 2-11. As the Telegraph
reports, this poll was also carried out in conjunction with World Book Day, and listed the sixth Potter book in 19th place. The classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle claimed the top spot in this poll. The full listing of books can be found at this link
#1. as it should be. :) still, its pretty remarkable the titles hp beat out! wow.
and as far as the bedtime stories…as much as i love hp, i really dont think of it as a bedtime story. so eric carle, take your rightful place at number one and enjoy it!!! i still love his books and will definitely be reading them to any children i have. yay eric carle and jkr!
Interesting choices. Quite a wide survey range, from 16-64. I would suspect that if the range was narrowed down to 16-34, some of the more unusual choices would be left off. But who knows?
And while it’s nice to see, I’m not sure how Half-Blood Prince ended up as one of the choices for best bed time story. I’m with Nealie; HBP is not what I think of when I think bedtime story.
I’ve read to books easily 10 + times myself. I started reading the first one to my 14 month old son last week (as I was so tired of reading the Hungry Caterpiller). At least it keeps us entertained, even if he won’t sit still.
I must certainly will read all the HP books to my children, when they’re born. And I will read it from the same books I read, so they can realise that histories as amazing as those and that demonstrate such wonderful values are, indeed, timeless.