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Last Updated: Tuesday January 22 2008 09:58 GMT

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Girl reading Harry Potter book


The Harry Potter books have been voted the books that people like to read again and again - and again!

JK Rowling's tales even beat The Bible - which came in 16th place, in the survey of UK readers. JRR Tolkien's books also proved popular with The Lord of the Rings in second place and The Hobbit fourth.

The survey also found that four out of five people enjoy a book so much that they read it again. Some even read a book more than five times!

This lesson enables children to discuss their favourite author and give reasons to back up their decisions.

Learning aims
  • Be aware of authors and discuss preferences and reasons.

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Harry Potter book

Choose one of your favourite children's authors and begin by discussing why you like them. Talk about the books the author has written and what makes you read other books by that author.

In pairs, children discuss their favourite authors. Ask for their ideas and make a class list.

Prepare a series of questions for the children to answer about their author or send the children off to devise their own set.

Main activity

Remaining in pairs, children interview each other using the same set of questions - recording each other's answers.

Extension activities

Use a computer to word process the questions and answers.


Read extracts from a selection of books known to the children. Ask them to say who the author is and what story the words were taken from.

Teachers' background
  • The origin of the Latin word for book, liber, comes from the Romans who used the thin layer found between the bark and the wood (the liber) before the times of parchment.

  • A rare first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll raised $1.5m at auction.

  • The Super Book, which has 300 pages, measures 2.74 x 3.07 metres.

  • An author is any person(s) or entity(s) that originates and assumes responsibility for an expression or communication. Authors should be responsible for acknowledging contributors.(Wikipedia).

  • Etymology: From Anglo-French autour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augere "to increase", "to originate" (Wikipedia).

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