Famous Five tops parents' best-loved books list

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Enid Blyton's Famous Five has topped a list of the best children's books as voted for by mums and dads across the country.

The adventures of Dick, Julian, Anne, George and Timmy the dog, along with their 'lashings of ginger beer' still holds a special place in the hearts of parents in the UK, despite being written in the 1940s.

Two further Enid Blyton titles made the top five, The Secret Seven and Malory Towers series, along with Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.

On the other hand, it was Harry Potter all the way for today's youngsters, JK Rowling's magical series taking the top spot for kids. The adventures of the bespectacled wizard were followed in second and third place by Thomas the Tank Engine and Roger Hargreaves' Mr Men and Little miss series.

But there were some books that appealed to both mums and dads and their little ones. CS Lewis made fourth place in the parents' list, while just sneaking in at number ten for children, while Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory taking seventh place in both lists. His BFG and James and the Giant Peach also took eighth and ninth place respectively in the children's top ten.

The poll was conducted by Asda to mark World Book Day today, and encouragingly, more than two out of three parents said their kids loved reading, and 77 per cent still prefer a traditional paperback to an ebook.

Hayley Whittaker, children's books buyer at Asda, told the Daily Express: "Even though hundreds of new children's titles are released every week, parents and kids are united in their love of classic childhood literature, with their humour and adventure proving relevant across generations.

"It's clear to see that kids still think nothing beats the feeling of having a real book in their hands."

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