The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was voted the best bedtime story :
First published in 1969, it is now available in 47 languages and still sells one copy every minute around the world.Arts editor Sarah Crompton writes :
It is the simplicity of the conception that makes it such a hit: a book a small child can hold, a hole in the page, and the colourful glory of Carle’s illustrations, at once simple and yet gratifyingly detailed. There is nothing to it, yet it is a classic learning story, a brilliant starting point for a conversation between parent and child. You can point out the scenery as you read, discuss the tastes of the different foods, talk about the cleverness of nature and the way those chubby caterpillars grow up into butterflies who live only for a day.It was followed on the list by :
2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. LewisThe survey also turned up the interesting fact that three-quarters of the parents surveyed read to their kids.
3. BFG - Roald Dahl
4. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
5. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
6. Famous Five - Enid Blyton
7. Matilda - Roald Dahl
8. The Tales of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
9. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
10. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
11. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
12. Mr Men - Roger Hargreaves
13. The Witches- Roald Dahl
14. The Twits - Roald Dahl
15. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
16. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
17. The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
18. Hans Christian Fairy Tales - H.C. Andersen
19. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K.Rowling
20. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Ah nostalgia - I remember my dad reading Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, and The Secret Garden to me. Quite a number of these books weren't written when I was a kid, but thankfully we never grow up too much to enjoy them!
Now then, those of you with kids to read to, which stories have gone down the best, and which do you remember your parents reading to you?