Konnie Huq names The Tiger Who Came To Tea as the story she’ll be handing down to her children

• Author and TV presenter Konnie Huq has picked Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea as her ‘inheritance book’: the story she would pass down to her children
• Konnie’s choice of book comes as a new survey commissioned by The Reading Agency revealed that UK parents and carers are most likely to pass J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter down to their children
• The survey has been commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries, which offers a fun, free-to-participate way for children to discover reading for pleasure, at the same time maintaining their reading skills and confidence in the long break from school
• The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 13th July in libraries across England and Wales. This year’s Challenge is called Space Chase, involving an alien adventure designed to to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings

12 July 2019: New survey results from The Reading Agency have revealed that 19% of parents and carers in the UK would pass on Harry Potter, or any other book by J.K. Rowling, as their ‘inheritance book’.

The survey, which polled parents and carers across the nation, revealed the books they would be most likely to hand down to their children. Harry Potter was followed closely by Matilda and other books by Roald Dahl. Following behind these authors were Winnie the Pooh and other books by A. A. Milne and Tracy Beaker and other works by Jacqueline Wilson.

Returning to the books of childhood

For author and TV presenter Konnie Huq, who is also a spokesperson for the Summer Reading Challenge, her inheritance book would be Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

Discussing the survey results, Konnie said: “I still return to some of the books I loved as a child, and the first time I read The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Very Hungry Caterpillar with my kids was a pretty special moment. There’s no greater joy than discovering a story which speaks to you and then being able to pass that on to the next generation. I can’t wait to see which books my children will pick during this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and what stories and memories they may one day share with their own children.”

Making space for reading this summer

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which kicks off on 13 July, encourages children aged 4 – 11 to sign up to their local library and read six library books of their choice. The results showcase the love parents and carers continue to have for the books they encountered in their own childhood.

Commenting on the results, Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said:

“Books we read in childhood stay with us for the rest of our lives – we all have a book that is so important to us we’d like to pass it on to our children, for them to enjoy. The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for families to make space for reading by asking parents and carers to encourage children to discover the worlds of their favourite childhood characters – and from there, to explore other ones as well.

“Over the past 20 years, The Reading Agency and libraries have seen first-hand the benefits that the Challenge can offer – from improving children’s confidence to helping them build empathy. The Challenge gives 4-11 year-olds a chance to develop connections to beloved books that they, one day, might want to pass on to their own children.”

Mark Freeman, President of Libraries Connected, said:

“Sharing a love of your favourite books is a really special way to spend time with your children. We’re really excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Challenge, and hope this year’s campaign will encourage more families to go to their local library to borrow old and new favourites to enjoy over the summer.”

The full list of ‘inheritance books’ is listed below (overall %):

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or other books by J. K. Rowling (19%)
2. Matilda or other books by Roald Dahl (17%)
3. Winnie the Pooh or other books by A. A. Milne (15%)
4. Tracy Beaker or other books by Jacqueline Wilson (8%)
5. Funnybones or other books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (7%)
6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! or other books by Dr Seuss (7%)
7. Pig Heart Boy or other books by Malorie Blackman (4%)
8. A Caribbean Dozen or other books by John Agard or Grace Nichols (4%)

Get involved

You can join the Summer Reading Challenge throughout the summer – just go to your local library!

You can find book recommendations from other children as well as fun activities on the Summer Reading Challenge website

We are calling for parents and carers to make #SpaceforReading this #SummerReadingChallenge. Join the campaign by submitting a photo of your own reading den with #SpaceForReading and @readingagency via social media and be in with the chance of winning a special prize.

The Reading Agency

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