27/02/2015 05:45 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Best Books For Children - Voted By The Nation's Kids


Stuck for ideas about what will really get your kids passionate about reading? Who better to give you some inspiration than the nation's schoolchildren?

Renaissance Learning, whose software allows kids to rate books online after reading them, has released a list of the 20 most popular books, as voted for by primary school and secondary school pupils.

For parents whose ideas of childhood favourites call to mind the likes of Black Beauty and Anne of Green Gables, this list could well be an eye-opener.

Long-standing favourites like Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo still make the cut, but they are joined by newcomers like David Walliams and Derek Landy. Parents who haven't heard of Cassandra Clare may be surprised to find her urban fantasy series appears five times in the older pupils' top 20.

While results from primary-aged children showed an equal mixture of comedy and drama in their book choices, by secondary school kids had developed a pronounced preference for dark and moody YA (young adult) fiction.

For instance, while all of J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series appeared in the top 20 for primary school pupils, only the bleak final installment - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - made the cut for older kids

Particularly popular with the adolescent crowd was dystopian fiction, which usually sees plucky teens battling to survive in a harsh post-apocalyptic society. Combining tension, violence and a healthy dollop of melodrama, books like Divergent seem to have found a winning formula to get teens hooked.

You can see the full list below. For more information, and to read the full report from Renaissance Learning, click here.


Demon Dentist - David Walliams
Everything's Amazing (sort of) - Liz Pichon
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
Gangsta Granny - David Walliams
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
Ratburger - David Walliams
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates - Liz Pichon
The Worst Thing About My Sister -Jacqueline Wilson
Queenie - Jacqueline Wilson
Candyfloss - Jacqueline Wilson
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Shadow - Michael Morpurgo
Emerald Star - Jacqueline Wilson


The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Looking for Alaska - John Green
The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
The Son of Neptune - Rick Riordan
Light: A Gone Novel - Michael Grant
Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini
Kingdom of the Wicked -Derek Landy

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