Harry Potter Books Make Top Book to Pass On and Bed Time Story Lists


Mar 04, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

A World Book Day survey has found that the Harry Potter series ranks as the top book readers would pass on to younger generations. The BBC reports that more than 1,000 Britons aged 16-64 were surveyed as part of this poll, which ranked such other books as The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini as novels people would likely pass down. The full list is as follows:

  1. The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
  2. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  3. Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions – New Scientist
  4. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  5. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
  6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  7. 9/11 Commission Report – National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States
  8. You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life – Dr Gillian McKeith
  9. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  10. Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama

On a related note, the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince novel was ranked in a list of the best bed time stories from a survey of parents with children aged 2-11. As the Telegraph reports, this poll was also carried out in conjunction with World Book Day, and listed the sixth Potter book in 19th place. The classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle claimed the top spot in this poll. The full listing of books can be found at this link.

43 Responses to Harry Potter Books Make Top Book to Pass On and Bed Time Story Lists

Avatar ImageCellar Door says: This is awesome. I'm so glad to hear that teenagers, giving their choice to Harry Potter, are still capable of recognizing which the true values of life are, and are willing to pass them on to the next generation. I'm really confident in a better future, better because of us.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: It is awesome that HP is #1 at the top of this list :) HP really is timeless and passing the book down through the generations will ensure that HP lives on. I'm a little surprized at some of the books in the top ten but hey what do I know ... lol In the list of bed time books where HP was voted #19 it has been beaten by some worthy opponents I guess like Winnie The Pooh, Dr Seuss books and Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. Maybe in a few years from now HP will be classed as a classic like those books, too :)Avatar Imagedeceit2nd says: Wow, that's awesome :D I wonder what kids and teens 30 years from now will talk about when the topic of HP comes up.. Well, I guess we'll have to find out!Avatar ImageRosie016 says: The Harry Potter Books have always been on the top of my list of books I am going to read to my future children, everynight before bed. Hopefully they will love the series as much as I do! YAY for Harry Potter!Avatar Imagerosepug says: Most of the other books mentioned in the list aren't ones I'd give to a kid, except HP - you can start them on that much earlier than the others. PLUS the added benefit of their examples of integrity, kindness, etc which I don't really see in, say, Twilight :)Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: mwahaha. Harry Potter makes number 1. as should the case be always. very proud and glad to hear thatAvatar Imagekatherine102678 says: This is how Harry Potter is going to live on! Exposing the series and the books to new generations is going to keep the interest!Avatar Imagewhitemudfounder says: That list made me want to go dust off my Rhold Dahl collection. That man was brilliant.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: great list and the very hungry caterpillar is not better than HP im sorry i love it but Eric carle is no JKAvatar ImageBellatrixGranger says: woo gz! I wonder what the lead was over Dan brownAvatar Imagelazykitty says: The 9/11 Commsion Report & You Are What You Eat?! Really?! Not things I'd want to pass down but what do I know? Yay to HP for being #1!Avatar ImageI Heart Harry Potter says: Yeah, Harry Potter is the perfect book to pass on to younger generations. But Twilight? Really... Avatar ImageNobleHouseofBlack says: That's great, because I have every intention to pass my HP books on to my kids in the future. And I think that the books that that beat Harry Potter for Best Bedtime Story are great. I remember reading those books when I was young and they really are great books. Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I take this as a good sign that, contrary to the claims of many envious literary critics who naturally assume that popularity is inversely proportional to quality; Harry Potter will become a classic with remarkable ease.Avatar ImageFifi says: Wow, and I'm just reading HP to my younger brother!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: #1. as it should be. :) still, its pretty remarkable the titles hp beat out! wow. and as far as the bedtime stories...as much as i love hp, i really dont think of it as a bedtime story. so eric carle, take your rightful place at number one and enjoy it!!! i still love his books and will definitely be reading them to any children i have. yay eric carle and jkr! Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Very nice! But what the heck books such as Twilight and You Are What You Eat are doing in that list?Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Interesting choices. Quite a wide survey range, from 16-64. I would suspect that if the range was narrowed down to 16-34, some of the more unusual choices would be left off. But who knows? And while it's nice to see, I'm not sure how Half-Blood Prince ended up as one of the choices for best bed time story. I'm with Nealie; HBP is not what I think of when I think bedtime story.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: wow grateAvatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Well, in my opinion I agree that Harry Potter should take the first place. Harry Potter has been around for ages and now it should stay longer! Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: When I was little I was read the first 2 as bedtime stories!Avatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: I introduced my brother to the series and he became almost as obsessed as I am!!! He loves it... his fav character is McGonagall. (Me: What???) Twilight made the list and I'm surprised!!! =)Avatar ImageLisee_Lu says: I've read to books easily 10 + times myself. I started reading the first one to my 14 month old son last week (as I was so tired of reading the Hungry Caterpiller). At least it keeps us entertained, even if he won't sit still.Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: YES. SO AGREE WITH NUMBER ONE. TWILIGHT THOUGH WILL FALL FLAAAAAAAAT.Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: I wouldn't think that Twilight would be an appropriate book to pass on the the younger generations...Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: Yesss Harry Potter is #1, which it should be :)Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: I must certainly will read all the HP books to my children, when they're born. And I will read it from the same books I read, so they can realise that histories as amazing as those and that demonstrate such wonderful values are, indeed, timeless.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Nice!! this is so exciting..quality always wins out =)Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Awesome! I would so totally pass down/read HP to my kids or younger siblings. I'm not sure if I would pass down some of the other books on this list... Twilight? Eh, not really thinking so :)Avatar Imageleigia says: HP books were written for children, so it made perfect sense to have them be bedtime stories.Avatar ImageGinnyrocks117 says: this is so cool. Harry Potter will never get old! it's going to keep going!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Why am I not surprised?Avatar Imagealegria35 says: I for one is saving my hardbound HP books to be read by my son when he can. awesome!Avatar Imageclever-ravenclaw says: this is totaly awesome. harry potter number 1!! i always read like 5 chapters of one of the books in harry potter before bed. works like love potion...Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Yes, well done Harry potter and the Da vinci code!!!!!Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: this is great! :) and so true! @fifi lol so do I. and the da vinci code and the kite runner are brilliant books as well!Avatar Imagehewy says: JKR is number one again! Of course these books will be passed down! How could they not, they are wonderful in every way!!!! And classic to a "T".Avatar ImagePigmyPuffPie says: wtf is the 9/11 commission report doing on that list? I guess cuz it is fiction...Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Harry Potter rules the world. As much as I love Twilight.. seriously? I wouldn't give that to a younger reader! I'll reccommend it to friend who is a year or two younger than me.. but I won't give it to kids or anything!! I remember when my sister was reading the first two HPs to me.. I was 6.. :')... Then she read the 1st chapter of the GoF to get me started on it... Good times. Now I'm reading them to my mum because she doesn't particually want to read them herself but she has no troubles about me reading them to her!!Avatar Imagejacket says: I used to love it when my mom read me HP.Avatar Imagejodgomex says: Heck yeah! I'm totally going to pass them on to my own kids...Harry potter must live on for lots and lots of years! LolAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: So exciting -- and to think, we were THERE!Avatar Imagebeallgood01 says: I don't have any children, but I already have plans to get a full set for each of my nephews whom are only 4 and 2. Long live Harry and the wizarding world.

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