Research into children’s reading preferences has found that they prefer fantasy, magic and dystopia to realistic novels set in a contemporary everyday world.
The report, by Renaissance Learning, surveyed 426,067 children, and will be published in full in February.
Early findings from the biggest annual survey of UK children’s reading habits were released today, showing a marked preference for dragons, magic and dystopia over novels set in the real world. According to the What Kids Are Reading report, the most-loved books of last year were JK Rowling’s tales of a magical schoolboy, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which came in joint first place in the list, together with Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire, the second book in the dystopian Hunger Games trilogy.
Joint fourth place went to Christopher Paolini’s tale of dragons and battles, Inheritance, and Rowling’s Chamber of Secrets, with three more Harry Potter titles in joint sixth place, alongside JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero – starring the children of the Greek gods – and Veronica Roth’s story of a dystopian future, Divergent.
The only non-fantasy title to make the list of most-loved books was John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, about a terminally-ill teenage cancer patient who falls in love.