C.S. Lewis more popular than J.K. Rowling in Booktrust poll

Booktrust, the charity set up to encourage reading, commissioned a poll of the best children’s books for the government backed Bookstart, according to the Times. C.S Lewis’s Narnia tops the polls with the ubiquitous J.K. Rowling coming in at number 6.

Part of this, I suspect, is the simple question of “who do you poll”. As politicians and statisticians know, it affects the outcome. I wonder if we are beginning to see the growing of the popular != good coming back and some sanity to recommended lists. The list itself is a really good solid list of authors and great books with some books you can come back to time and again – with or without children.

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