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World Book Day: The Gruffalo A First Read For 1 In 8 Children ​

World Book Day: The Gruffalo A First Read For 1 In 8 Children. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release on World Book Day: The Gruffalo: A First Read For 1 In 8 Children. Today, on Thursday, March 7, 2024, the world is celebrating World Book Day. A recent survey conducted by UK retailer The Works has revealed that The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is the most popular first book among British children. The survey asked 2,000 UK parents to recall the books they first read to their children. The results showed that one in eight children had The Gruffalo as their first book. This study indicates that such books still captivate young readers and remain popular among parents as they embark on their children’s reading journey.

World Book Day: The Gruffalo A First Read For 1 In 8 Children

  • One in eight children have The Gruffalo read to them as their first book.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and That’s Not My… series complete the top three
  • 44% of parents read to children from birth

As the nation prepares to celebrate World Book Day on March 7, a new study has revealed that The Gruffalo is the go-to book for children to read for the first time.

The survey, commissioned by The Works, aimed to uncover reading habits among parents and children, whether our own experiences of reading influence how we read to our children and the top books we read to children today.

The results proved overwhelmingly favourable towards Julia Donaldson’s titles, with The Gruffalo taking the crown as children’s number one read book. Zog and Room on the Broom joined The Gruffalo among the most popular, but just outside the top 10, meaning one in five children have a Donaldson book read to them as their very first story.

Donaldson’s books were joined by some old favourites, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is still the second most-read book to children as a first read despite being over 50 years old. The That’s Not My… series, written by Fiona Watt, is the third most common set of books read to children as their first reads.

Top 10 First Books

The entire top 10 first books parents read to their children:

  • The Gruffalo
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • That’s Not Me…
  • Guess How Much I Love You
  • Peppa Pig
  • Spot
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Dear Zoo
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Harry Potter

When it comes to the age at which we’re reading to our children, book lovers will be pleased to see that 44% of parents pick up a book to engage their children in storytime from birth, while a further 27% of parents do so from under the age of two.

However, the study also revealed that 10% of adults today don’t remember reading their first book until they were in secondary school, making parents 20% less likely to read to their child under two. Additionally, less than one in five parents who don’t recall reading until after 12 will introduce reading to their children from birth.

You can view the complete study at

World Book Day is Thursday, March 7, 2024. The Works supports the charity and encourages children and parents to bring their £1 book token into stores between February 15 and March 31 to exchange it for a book from the World Book Day 2024 range.

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  • Allison C

    A very useful article. I am not familiar with The Gruffalo, but it sounds like a good candidate for our granddaughter who will be 2 years old next week, if she doesn’t have it already!

  • Beth

    I know all of these books well. My kids read them all! They’re great picks, and I particularly love them because they helped my children develop a love of reading that the still have years later.

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