In a new report ‘What kids are reading’ which details the reading habits of children in Years 1-11 at school, the fastest mover in this year’s most-read charts is David Walliams. The comedian is now counted as one of Britain’s leading children’s authors, having pulled ahead of JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo as the fifth most read author among children in UK schools. A TV adaptation of Walliams’s Gangsta Granny was broadcast on BBC1 on Boxing Day this year, further raising the profile of his books.
The report finds that the overall list of most-loved books is dominated by those which became blockbuster films or adapted for other media such as computer games. JK Rowling is at the head of that list for her Harry Potter series, followed by Suzanne Collins for the Hunger Games and JRR Tolkein for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jeff Kinney and David Walliams are now established amongst the elite of children’s authors butJacqueline Wilson and Allan Ahlberg have slipped out of the top ten most-read authors for the first time.