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What Is America’s Favorite Children’s Book Series?

‘Harry Potter’ series tops list of NEA’s Read Across America favorite book series poll

WASHINGTON - March 01, 2010 -

An online poll released today by NEA’s Read Across America showed that the Harry Potter book series holds the sorcerer’s stone for keeping kids captivated and turning the pages. The National Education Association conducted the online poll in advance of NEA’s Read Across America Day tomorrow.

J.K. Rowling’s books series of a teenage wizard was the top pick with nearly one-third of the votes. The runners-up included the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary (19 percent), Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan (12 percent), The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (12 percent) and the Twilight series (10 percent) by Stephanie Meyer.

“Regardless of whether a student’s favorite subject is math, science, music or English, the common thread to academic success is reading,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.  “NEA’s Read Across America cultivates a joy of reading in students at an early age to help create life-long readers and learners.”

Other popular book series added by respondents included Little House on the Prairie, Lord of the Rings and the Nancy Drew mystery series.

 “As millions of people across the country get ready to curl up with a good book on March 2nd, we are reminded why our program is so special – it makes reading fun,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

Members of Congress also shared their all-time favorite children’s books and can be seen here:

NEA’s Read Across America national kick off event is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2 at the Library of Congress. First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and members of Congress will read to hundreds of local elementary school students.

The celebration will continue as NEA’s Read Across America “Cat-a-Van Reading Tour” hits the road again this year to bring the gift of reading to hundreds of schoolchildren. In past years, the Cat-a-Van Reading Tour traveled coast-to-coast visiting schoolchildren from Florida to Washington, from New York to Arizona, and all points in between. This year, the Cat-a-Vans will travel to the Midwest featuring signature events in Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin on March 2-4.

The storybook fun will continue in the Big Apple where thousands of educators will gather for the WNET Celebration of Teaching and Learning, where NEA’s Read Across America will sponsor an event for New York City schoolchildren on Thursday, March 4.

NEA’s Read Across America is a year-round literacy campaign that stresses the importance of motivating children to read and helping them master basic reading skills. Sponsored by the 3.2 million-member NEA, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and more than 50 national partners, Read Across America has evolved from a one-day reading celebration into a year-round literacy campaign that reaches nearly every school and community in the United States.  More than 45 million people are expected to don the signature red and white stovepipe hats on March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and mark the 13th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America, the nation’s largest one-day reading event.

Visit for more reading tips, book lists and information on local events happening nationwide. 
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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Celeste Busser,  (202) 822-7259