Monday, 15 October 2012

American children's authors popular in the UK

Which American children's authors ARE popular in the UK? That was a (paraphrased) question posed by Anne from SoTomorrow in response to my comment on Goodreads that Dr Seuss was not as popular in the UK as the US.

US/UK flag by klainen - English language flag.

On this point I was aware that my own views are probably not indicative of folks in the UK generally as I've probably spent too long immersed in all the great US books recommended by my fellow Flannel Friday-ers and because of the six years I lived in the USA (years when my children were reading children's books for school and leisure).  I thought a more objective answer might be found in the recognised published statistics.

PLR (Public Lending Right) lists are published annually in the UK and show which authors and books were the most popular in UK public libraries. The following list shows the most borrowed children's authors in the UK in 2011 taken from a sample of UK libraries.

1. Daisy Meadows
2. Jacqueline Wilson
3. Francesca Simon
4. Julia Donaldson
5. Mick Inkpen
6. Adam Blade
7. Terry Deary
8. Fiona Watt
9. Roald Dahl
10. Lauren Child 

11. Ian Whybrow
12. Enid Blyton
13. Lucy Cousins
14. Janet & Allan Ahlberg
15. Eric Hill
16. Tony Ross
17. Michael Morpurgo
18. Jeanne Willis
19. Vivian French
20. Jeremy Strong

To my knowledge (and surprise) not one of those authors is from the USA. A closer examination of the titles borrowed does throw up some US authors; Maurice Sendak with Where the Wild things Are, Stephenie Meyer with Breaking Dawn, and Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Last Straw, and Louisa May Alcott with Little Women appears in the children's classics list.



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I suspect that looking at the earlier archived lists will bring up some Eric Carle titles, and surely E.B. White's Charlotte's Web must feature? Once the latest author list is published it will no doubt include Suzanne Collins.

As to what MY personal Children's list would include, that is a whole other post!

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