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The Hobbit is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s books

In a survey by YouGov, commissioned by John Lewis and Barnado’s, The Hobbit has been ranked fourth in the list of Britain’s best-loved children’s books.

The top ten:

  1. Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926)
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)
  4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
  5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (1999)
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
  7. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)
  8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
  9. The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982)
  10. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

YouGov surveyed 2,652 adults for Story Time with Barnado’s and John Lewis:

The results were published as Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi launched Story Time with Barnado’s and John Lewis, to promote reading and support vulnerable children in the UK. Capaldi said: “Being read to as a child is something most of us take for granted but for many of the children Barnardo’s supports, storytelling and communicating are skills that their parents don’t have.

Read more about this story at The Telegraph.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 2,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.