WE’VE reached the final page of Tameside Council’s Love to Read survey and, as with any good page-turner, there has been an unexpected twist to the plot.
Tameside doesn’t have one favourite children’s book, it has two. JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” tied with Francesca Simon’s “Horrid Henry Strikes it Rich” for top spot.
Enid Blyton’s “Five on a Treasure Island” took third place followed by Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Diary of a Wimpey Kid” by Jeff Kinney.
Residents could vote by going online, or by writing the name of their book on a Post-it note and sticking it to the reading wall which visited libraries across the borough. The wall even spent a day at the Dukinfield headquarters of Bardsley Construction, who generously sponsored the survey.
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The response to the survey was overwhelming and far beyond what I expected.
“In the end there was a mix of the old and the new. Favourites from my childhood, like Enid Blyton, were up there with more modern works by people like Jeff Kinney.”
Tameside Libraries organised the survey as part of the BBC’s nation Love to Read campaign, and among those who voted were some famous Tamesiders including CBBC Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton, comedian Justin Moorhouse and former England football captain Jimmy Armfield.
A BBC spokesman said: “Reading is one of life’s greatest joys and can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us - not just as children but throughout our lives. That’s why the BBC has launched #LovetoRead, a campaign to celebrate reading.”