YOUNG bookworms on Wearside love their libraries.
The survey into the reading habits of children in Sunderland, conducted by the Northern Children’s Book Festival, NCBF, found libraries and books remain as popular as ever.
It revealed 98 per cent of children in the city use their school library to borrow books and 60 per cent of the youngsters use their local library outside of school on a regular basis.
The survey was part of the 2011 NCBF which is being held throughout this month, with the theme this year of Dream A Little Dream, to illustrate the unicorns, magic carpets, castles and witches found in the best-loved children’s books.
The reading habits survey also found the most popular thing for children to dream about is animals, with 43 per cent choosing this, closely followed by wizards and pirates.
Year 3 children at Fulwell Junior School took part in the survey, which also aimed to uncover the favourite books of youngsters.
The pupils at the Sea Road school cited “magical and mysterious” as their favourite type of book to read, closely followed by “scary and ghostly” and “excitement and adventure” books.
Janice Hall, chairman of the NCBF, said: “We’re really pleased young people are taking such pleasure from reading and that libraries remain a key part of their education into the literary world.
“We’ve got some great authors coming to the North East as part of this year’s NCBF who will inspire, amaze and entertain children. The authors we’ve lined up for Sunderland are particularly special and include Scream Street creator Tommy Donbavand, funnyman Steve Hartley and illustrator Liz Million.”
Throughout November authors such as Alan Gibbons, Harriet Goodwin and Eric Maddern will also be visiting schools and libraries to meet young book-lovers.
The NCBF will end with a gala weekend at Benfield School in Newcastle on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20. To find out more, or to book tickets, visit www.ncbf.co.uk.
Top 10 biggest-selling books
1. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey.
2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.
3. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.
4. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
5. Tootle by Gertrude Crampton.
6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling.
8. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt.
9. Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson.
10. Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton.
11. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.