Interesting article in the Daily Mail today:-
It may be 70 years since they first appeared, but Enid Blyton’s Famous Five novels remain the books most favoured by parents for their children, a poll reveals.
The adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog topped a survey in which parents were asked to name their favourite children’s books.
Two other series by Blyton, the Secret Seven and Malory Towers, also made the top five, confirming her status as the nation’s best-loved children’s author.
Among children, however, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series emerged as the favourite.
The survey, carried out to mark World Book Day today, suggested that children's book tastes are inherited from their parents since choices were similar across both top 10 charts.
Adventure tales, such as Treasure Island, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Blyton's 21-book series, first published in 1942, were popular among both audiences.
Despite the recent popularity of futuristic titles such as the Hunger Games, the science fiction genre failed to make an impact on the children's list.
Instead, classics such as Thomas the Tank Engine, the Mr Men and Little Miss books and the Gruffalo featured strongly in their top 10.
Authors appearing in both sets of results were Blyton, whose Famous Five tales came fourth on the children's list, as well as Roald Dahl and CS Lewis.
The poll also showed that more than three quarters of children would choose the paper version of a book over an e-book or tablet.
see link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2574285/Famous-Five-firm-favourites-parents-Enid-Blytons-stories-poll-adults-loved-childrens-books.html
For Anthony Buckeridge and Jennings would be my favourite Children's book, and for the teenage and older, CS Forester Hornblower. Both i still love, read and collect in original editions when I can.
What are your favourite Children's Books?