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Last Updated: Monday February 21 2005 15:21 GMT

Parents steal kids' top book tips

A boy reading Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass
If you can't find your favourite book you might want to check to see if your parents have borrowed it.

A survey by a big supermarket found loads of parents admitted to stealing top book tips from their children.

The Harry Potter series came top of the list of your books your parents love to read, with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy also a big hit.

But parents encourage their kids to read classics, with CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe coming top.


Love of reading

The survey, which questioned 2,600 parents, found that UK children are real book worms, spending an average of six hours a week reading for enjoyment - that's equal to 13 days a year.

And that's almost twice as much time as parents spend with their nose in a book - they only read for an average of three and a half-hours a week or eight days a year.

Top kids' book tips
Harry Potter 1 - 5 - JK Rowling
Adrian Mole series - Sue Townsend
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
His Dark Materials trilogy
Holes - Louis Sachar
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1 - 11 - Lemony Snicket
Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
The Scarecrow and His Servant - Philip Pullman
Caroline Ridding, who chooses what books to buy for the supermarket Tescos said: "Far from being obsessed with TV and computer games our study shows their (children's) love of reading is greater than ever.

"Increasingly they're becoming literary critics for mum and dad."

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