To celebrate World Book Day, Sainsbury’s has published a list of 50 books which every child should read by the age of 16, with Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory taking top spot!
The magical story about Charlie Bucket’s golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory proves to be the most loved for children, with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland finishing runner up.
The study of 2,000 reading enthusiasts was created to determine the ultimate list of the top 50 books that should be on every child’s reading list, encouraging bedtime reading for British families.
The list covers a range of traditional classics and more modern tales - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter adventures also featured. C.S. Lewis’ adventures in Narnia are no less thrilling today - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe finished third in the list of 50 books, while Winnie the Pooh and Black Beauty rounded off the top five.10 books which every child should read by the age of 16 Click to Tweet
Mavis Sarfo, from Sainsbury’s Book Team, said: "The 50 books show a much-cherished collection of some of the finest children’s writing that has delighted readers and transported them to other worlds for generations.
"It’s fantastic to see that so many parents get involved in reading bedtime stories by putting on character voices and wearing costumes to bring characters to life. Encouraging children to role play through dress up and becoming ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Elsa from Frozen’ is crucial in developing imaginations from an early age and a love of reading.
"Encouraging role play by dressing up as favourite book characters further fuels this and Sainsbury’s has a great selection of children’s costumes and books to celebrate World Book Day – we look forward to welcoming book lovers of all ages in our stores."
Tony Robinson, actor, comedian and author, who worked with Sainsbury’s on the campaign, added: "The response from parents and the lengths they go to in bringing these stories to their children as vividly as possible is amazing.
"It shows that the power of make believe is so important in the development of a child and a key role in parents bonding with their young ones."
To celebrate the nation’s week of reading, Sainsbury’s is encouraging children to read more by exploring the world of books and dress up as their favourite fictional characters.
From Monday 2 March, Sainsbury’s will be hosting in-store ‘Make Believe’ events nationwide, to support the nation’s reading week complete with reading corners and activities to encourage children to read more and inspire parents to get involved.The 50 books every child should read by age 16 Click to Tweet
Survey conducted by Census Wide and polled 2,000 parents in February 2015