A Scottish institution older than most grandparents is still proving a hit with the younger generation, this year’s Scottish children’s book chart shows.
In a top five again dominated by the teen vampire genre and the hugely popular US author Stephanie Meyer, Oor Wullie tops the poll almost three-quarters of a century since his adventures first appeared in print.
A spokesman for Waterstone’s, who compiled the chart based on sales in their Scottish stores, said:
“If Oor Wullie isn’t in the record books, he should be. Everywhere else is dominated by Stephenie Meyer’s vampires, werewolves and mixed-up teens, but Wullie holds them all at bay in Waterstone’s Scottish shops. Congratulations Wullie.”
Education Secretary Michael Russell said:
“Reading from a young age is crucial to a child’s development and can also leave memories that last a lifetime.
“The Hill of the Red Fox by Allan Campbell MacLean is a book I have never forgotten. As a child it entertained, thrilled and even frightened me and I know it awoke in my a love of reading that has never stopped – I still read for pleasure and leisure every day, no matter the hours I have to work. It is also a book I give to children whenever I can.”
In October the Scottish Government published its Literacy Action Plan – the first of its kind since devolution – which includes a range of actions from early years through to employment, aimed at eradicating poor literacy across the country.
The ‘Play, Talk, Read’ campaign continues to yield real results in encouraging parents to talk to, read to and play with their children, especially in the first three years of life. The campaign gives practical tips to parents on easy ways of communicating with their children and highlights the huge influence it can have on their future education.
The Scottish Government also supports Bookstart, a scheme that delivers free book packs to parents of babies, toddlers and 3-5 year olds.
Children’s Top five Scottish Titles 2010
1. Oor Wullie Book: 2011
2. Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephanie Meyer.
3. Guinness World Records 2011.
4. Eclipse, by Stephanie Meyer.
5. Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Myer.
Chart based on sales of Children’s books in Scottish stores of Waterstone’s.