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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Harry Potter tops children's poll
JK Rowling
JK Rowling has so far published five Harry Potter books
The adventures of teenage wizard Harry Potter continue to cast a spell over children, according to new research.

More than half of children named a Harry Potter title in their top three favourite books in a survey.

Children's classics, such as The Lord of the Rings, books by Roald Dahl, The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh were also popular.

The survey, for the Prince of Wales Arts and Kids Foundation, questioned children aged between seven and 14.

The results show that every book in the top five has been adapted for the cinema.

CHILDREN'S TOP 10
1. Harry Potter
2. The Lord of the Rings
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4. The Cat in the Hat
5. Matilda
6. The Twits
7. Tracy Beaker books
8. The Jungle Book
9. The BFG
10. Winnie the Pooh
Source: Prince of Wales Arts and Kids Foundation
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was itself released on the big screen in the UK on Monday.

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy came second in the poll.

Four of Dahl's books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits and The BFG - were in the top ten.

Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker books, about a child in care, were also positioned highly.

Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo said: "Teachers must be given the room and time to read stories to children purely for enjoyment.

"There are pressures on teachers in literacy hour and if that is transmitted to the children, the joy of reading goes out of the window."

The survey of 300 children was carried out to mark StoryQuest 2004, the national festival to encourage children to enjoy stories.


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