Let me tell you a story...

by Lauren Abbott

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been chosen as the book parents most enjoy reading to their offspring in the latest poll of the best page-turners for tiny people.

The Eric Carle tale of the caterpillar who eats his way through various foods before spinning a cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly came top in the poll of the best bedtime books.

Second place went to Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo, which has sold more than 13 million copies and turned into shows for both television and the theatre.

The Gruffalo

While Cat in the Hat, We're Going on a Bear Hunt and The BFG completed the top five.

The study by ChannelMum.com asked thousands of parents for their views - with every nine in 10 of those asked to admitting to reading the same few books over and over again to their offspring.

The BFG made the top five

ChannelMum.com founder Siobhan Freegard, said: “Practise makes perfect and that’s never truer than when it comes to reading.

“Though you may have read your child’s favourite book two hundred times and know it off by heart, it’s a price worth paying to give them the gift of words.

“Though the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar has come top in our poll, there are dozens of new books and authors breaking through with a modern twist to keep even the fussiest readers enthralled.”

Channel Mum asks thousands of parents about their favourite children's books

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came sixth in the list of children’s books parents most enjoy reading, followed by Winnie-The-Pooh and Dear Zoo.

The Harry Potter series and Room on the Broom completed the top ten.

Other stories popular with parents include The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Matilda and Charlotte’s Web.

Meg and Mog, A Bear Called Paddington and The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet also made the top 50.

The top 50

Share this story

Sorry, comments are not enabled for this article.

Register or log in via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or your KentOnline account to post comments.

Post Comment

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.
Please click here for our house rules.

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Helpful links

© KM Group 2018