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No room for Harry Potter in Children's Laureates' list

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/04/2009. No room for Harry Potter in Children's Laureates' listTags: Family And Leisure

Despite the phenomenal success of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series of children's books, experts still believe that the old classics are best for kids.

The Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and his four predecessors have each selected seven children's books which they regard as greats - but there were was no room in any of the lists for the young wizard from Hogwarts.

Instead, older titles such as Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, E Nesbit's The Railway Children and Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist dominated the rankings.

Sarah Clarke, children's buying manager at book store Waterstone's, said she expects many parents to be surprised by the absence of recent bestsellers such as the Harry Potter books.

She added, however, that "it's great to see the Laureates choosing some timeless greats like The Railway Children and Just So Stories and introducing them to a new generation of readers".

Current Laureate Rosen is himself a celebrated children's poet whose collections include Wouldn't You Like to Know, You Tell Me and Quick, Let's Get Out of Here.



(02-05-2009 09:42)

Time has moved on in terms of what children find interesting and sadly choice isn't something which adults afford them. If you take away the interesting books which they want to read, does this not cause a problem of boys losing interest in reading. This is causing more of a problem within literacy for our young boys. Why has the decision being made in the first place?

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