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Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo named as top children’s book

Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of
public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. 
    Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012

Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012

The famous Gruffalo book by Bearsden children’s author, Julia Donaldson, has been named the number one favourite in Scotland’s top ten children’s books.

PlayTalkRead, the Scottish Government Early Years (0-3 years) initiative, unveiled the list after carrying out a survey of parents, carers and their little ones, just before World Book Day last Thursday.

Fifteen years since it was first published, The Gruffalo is regarded as a modern day classic and the story has been translated into over 50 languages.

Julia Donaldson also emerged as the nation’s favourite children’s author with five of her books in the top ten list including Room on the Broom, Stick Man, What the Ladybird Heard and The Snail and the Whale.

The Gruffalo, was closely followed by three older classics that have remained firm favourites over the decades. Dear Zoo written by Rod Campbell in 1982 was number two on the list with Eric Carle’s 60s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar at number three and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen at number four on the top ten list.

The PlayTalkRead roadshow is travelling across the country. To find out when it will be in your area go to www.playtalkread.org/tour.

 

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