Books from Random House Children’s Publishers’ authors are among the most borrowed library books for 2012-2013 according to recent data from the Public Lending Right.
The list revealed particular success for Queen of children’s fiction, Jacqueline Wilson, who is the 5th most borrowed author in the UK, and is 1 of only 8 authors who reached over 1 million loans in 2012-2013. Jacqueline’s latest book, Paws and Whiskers, was launched on Saturday at a fantastic event at Leicester Square Theatre, London. It is a very special anthology that features the best stories about cats and dogs from the world of children’s literature, all chosen by Jacqueline and including a brand new story by the author herself. The book also features personal pieces from many writers about their own treasured pets with contributions from Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman.
Roald Dahl was seen to still be hugely popular; once again he is first on the overall classics list, beating Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. He has held this position for the past three years, thanks in part to the continued success of every child’s favourite friendly giant in The BFG. Meanwhile, Giles Andreae, Nick Sharratt, Kes Gray, Steve Cole, Andy McNab, Chris Ryan, Jez Alborough and Terry Pratchett all feature in the top 100 most borrowed authors list, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak was the 86th most borrowed book in 2012-2013.
The nation’s love of children’s books was clearly illustrated by the list, with six of the top ten spots being taken by children’s authors, and, despite reports telling us that children spend too much time glued to TV and computer screens, children’s borrowing figures are on the increase. This is great news for many of our authors and for the success of all children’s books, so, why don’t you take a trip to your local library this week and pick up a book by one of your favourite authors or discover someone new!
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