Source : Independent
Research shows 10.7 million UK adults believe tuning into nostalgic memories helps them unwind
Childhood classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis has been voted the children’s book the nation’s grown-ups most want to read again.
The classic fantasy novel, which was first published in 1950, beat tough competition from another widely-held children’s favourite- Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.
The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Animal Farm all appeared in the top 10.
Two thirds of adults agree that reading before bed helps them to sleep, the survey found.
The study also revealed there are certain types of fiction which are more effective at relaxing Britons than others, and nearly one in five would reach for a fantasy if they needed to sleep.
Three in five have wanted to revisit or re-read a book that they enjoyed from their childhood, and one in ten believe that children’s books settle their mind best before bed.
According to the study, turning back to children’s literature promotes overwhelmingly positive emotions amongst the nation.
More than half of people get feelings of happiness when reading a story from their childhood.
Embracing fiction from our youth before bed might also help boost our creativity the next day, the survey suggested.
The study, commissioned by Simba, revealed that two fifths of adults use books from their childhood to spark their imagination, whilst one in ten said they help when they need to be more creative.
TOP 30 – CHILDREN’S BOOKS ADULTS WANT TO RE-READ:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- The Secret Garden
- The Railway Children
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Animal Farm
- Treasure Island
- The Wind in the Willows
- The Hobbit
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- The Jungle Book
- Robinson Crusoe
- Black Beauty
- The BFG
- Peter Pan
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- The Swiss Family Robinson
- The Borrowers
- James and the Giant Peach
- Catcher in the Rye
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Charlotte’s Web
- Anne of Green Gables
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Swallows and Amazons
- The Witches
- The Magic Faraway Tree