Roald Dahl is teachers" favourite author, Julia Donaldson"s The Gruffalo wins best children"s book

Roald Dahl tops list of teachers' favourite authors, while Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo wins best children's book

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18:05 GMT, 12 March 2012

Roald Dahl has been voted primary school teachers' favourite author.

A survey found five of his works are among their top 10 books for children under the age of 11.

The man behind The Twits and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was named by almost twice as many teachers as Julia Donaldson and JK Rowling who shared second place.

Firm favourite: Roald Dahl's enduringly popular tales earned him top spot in a list of best children's authors compiled by primary school teachers

Firm favourite: Roald Dahl's enduringly popular tales earned him top spot in a list of best children's authors compiled by primary school teachers

The prolific author, who wrote dozens of children's books across his lifetime, died in 1990 at the age of 74.

Prolific: Dahl publihsed dozens of children's books over his lifetime

Prolific: Dahl publihsed dozens of children's books over his lifetime

Donaldson's The Gruffalo was voted the best book for children in the survey of 848 primary school teachers by the education resources website Teachit Primary.

The popular title has proved a hit with children, parents and, it seems, their schoolteachers too, as since its publication it has been made into an animated film and a theatre production.

Siobhain Archer, founder,of Teachit
Primary said: 'The Gruffalo was teachers' overwhelming favourite book at
the moment, polling more than twice as many votes as Louis Sachar's
Holes in second place.

'But
five of Roald Dahl's books appeared in the top 10 and when counted
together with all those who could not name a favourite title but who
said any of Dahl's books were a hit with their classes, a staggering 17
per cent of primary teachers named him as their favourite children's
author.

Success: Julia Donaldson, currently Children's Laureate, had her bestselling book The Gruffalo named as the best children's book by teachers

Popular: Julia Donaldson's bestseller The Gruffalo was nominated as best children's book

Success: Julia Donaldson, currently Children's Laureate, had her bestselling book The Gruffalo named as the best children's book by teachers

'Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse and teachers' fourth favourite behind Dahl, JK Rowling and Julia Donaldson, was the standout choice as the person teachers would most like to visit their class.

ROALD DAHL'S LEGACY LIVES ON, WHILE JULIA DONALDSON PROVES POPULAR

TEACHERS' FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S AUTHORS

1 Roald Dahl

2 Julia Donaldson

3 JK Rowling

4 Michael Morpurgo

5 Louis Sachar

6 CS Lewis

7 Philip Pullman

8 Enid Blyton

9 Maurice Sendak

10 David Walliams

TEACHERS' TOP 10 FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKS

1 The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

2 Holes – Louis Sachar

3 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

4 Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

5 The Twits – Roald Dahl

6 Danny The Champion Of The World – Roald Dahl

7 The BFG – Roald Dahl

8 George's Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

9 Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

10 Kensuke's Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo