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When you were a child.

A Hastily Put Together Survey on Children’s Literature

Our library book group is meeting tomorrow evening (Monday) so I need this information quite quickly. I have chosen a general subject - children’s books - and to broaden the discussion I would love to hear your views and opinions.

If you could take a few minutes to answer the questions below I would be so….. pleased.

There will be a prize for the best entry!

You can copy and paste your answers as it might be easier. If not just write as much as you can.

Thank you so much.


When you were very young, did anyone read to you?

Did you have a favourite picture book?

Did you read to yourself, can you remember what age you started doing that?

Why did you read? To escape or experience adventure? Or another reason?

Did anyone ‘ignite’ a passion for reading, a teacher/relative/librarian for example?

Were there any book characters who influenced you and your behaviour?

Were there any places in a book that you longed to be?

Were you inspired to read poetry or were you put off the genre?

Did you enjoy fairy stories?
Which fairy story or myth, if any, has stayed with you?

Was there a book you hated? More than one?


Can you think of any modern writers of children’s literature who you think will survive the test of time? Any that won’t?

Do you think that reading as a child made you want to become a writer?

If you wrote for children in the future what form would it take? Poetry, novel, film, quick read, short story etc? Have you ever done so? Been published?

Do you have children, grandchildren or young friends/ relatives? Do they enjoy books? What do they prefer? How do you encourage them? If you do?

Do they visit a library on a regular basis?
If not why not?

Do you buy books for children? What was the last one you bought?


And finally, congratulations if you have read this far, not long to go now.

Is the love of books becoming rarer?

Has the computer/TV/DVD screen taken over from the written page?

If so, will it herald the decline of imagination?


Last but not least and this may be impossible to answer.

Do you have ONE favourite book from your childhood?

Whether you have one particular favourite or not, can you take a few minutes to list as many titles as you can remember that you loved or that have stayed with you, for whatever reason. Just the ones that come into your head at this moment.

If you were sent to a Desert Island and were only allowed one children’s book what would it be?


Thank you for taking part in this survey.
Deadline tomorrow (Monday 6 pm).
There will be a prize. Smile

Posted at 13th Apr 2008 - 11:33AM   Posted by Cait   WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD Comments: 8

Milla's Avatar Have answered this on the forum, Cait, hope you can match answers to questions.

Posted by: Milla on 13th Apr 2008 at 12:02PM

Camilla's Avatar I would love to contribute to this Cait, just dashing out, work today. Will endeavour to edit my comments as soon as I can before deadline Cait.


Posted by: Camilla on 13th Apr 2008 at 12:06PM

Frances's Avatar Hello Cait,
I was caught up by the joys of reading in early childhood, and will try to answer these questions later today, when I get back from work.
Just reading the questions brought back some very happy memories.

Posted by: Frances on 13th Apr 2008 at 01:31PM

Inthemud's Avatar This is something I'm very interested in so will do my best to answer questions tomorrow before the deadline, have cut and pasted questions so will email you answers.

Posted by: Inthemud on 13th Apr 2008 at 02:06PM

Faith's Avatar Hi Cait, it will hardly take the prize for the best entry but I cut and pasted it, and put my answers in on your blog.

Posted by: Faith on 13th Apr 2008 at 02:24PM

Faith's Avatar Hi Cait, it will hardly take the prize for the best entry but I cut and pasted it, and put my answers in on your blog.

Posted by: Faith on 13th Apr 2008 at 02:24PM

Milla's Avatar don't e-mail them, muddie, because then we won't all get to see them, and the various answers are interesting!

Posted by: Milla on 13th Apr 2008 at 03:06PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Done but in furious haste so will probably be kicking self at all the ones I forgot.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 13th Apr 2008 at 07:55PM

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