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2:00 AM 8th October 2022

World’s Most Popular Children’s Bedtime Stories Revealed


New research by My 1st Years has revealed the most popular bedtime stories for children around the world, using Google data to analyse the number of searches for over 370 popular children’s books in 181 countries over the past year.

The analysis revealed Alice in Wonderland as the children’s book that parents are picking up the most, with more than 587,000 searches for Lewis Carroll’s whimsical story. First published in 1865, the book is one of the best-known books of the Victorian era, and one that has maintained its popularity ever since its release. The story has gone on to be translated into 174 languages, helping to spark the imaginations of children around the world, resulting in it taking the top spot in 57 countries.

The dark fantasy children’s novella Coraline is next on the list, taking second place with just over 572,000 searches, and proving to be the most popular book in 28 countries including Australia, the United States and Peru. Released as a film in 2009, featuring Dakota Fanning as the title character, the story of Coraline was born from a simple spelling error of the name ‘Caroline’ and proved to be a real hit, with the book winning multiple awards.

Well known titles feature within the remaining top 10, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in third, Matilda following in fourth, beloved character Winnie the Pooh in sixth, everyone’s favourite ogre Shrek in seventh and Mr. Men in eighth. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Artemis Fowl round off the top flight in ninth and tenth places, with these magical stories continuing to capture the imaginations of children around the world.

The Top 20 Most Popular Children’s Bedtime Stories
Rank Bedtime Story No. of Google Searches
1 Alice in Wonderland 587,280
2 Coraline 572,730
3 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 419,520
4 Matilda 327,910
5 Winnie the Pooh 324,920
6 Shrek 309,040
7 Mr. Men 288,900
8 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 271,110
9 Artemis Fowl 262,790
10 Where the Wild Things Are 240,160
11 The Rainbow Fish 231,180
12 Corduroy 213,450
13 Madeline 212,030
14 The Cat in the Hat 203,670
15 Pete the Cat 193,750
16 The Little Prince 190,330
17 Treasure Island 189,240
18 Peter Pan 184,770
19 Fantastic Mr Fox 182,250
20 Charlotte’s Web 178,640

Gareth Chadwick, Head of Marketing at My 1st Years comments:
“For children of all ages, bedtime stories are often a prominent part of their bedtime routine. Not only does the association of bedtime reading help to trigger relaxation that helps with sleep, but bedtime stories are also shown to aid language development, imagination, create conversation and strengthen the bond between parent and child.

Children will often have a favourite story that they want to hear again and again, and likewise, parents will often have a trusty book that they enjoy reading to their child. In this case, it may be no surprise that Alice in Wonderland has been revealed as the most popular, with the fantasy land of Wonderland allowing a child’s imagination to truly run free. However, we hope that this research may inspire parents to pick up a new book and see if they can find a different story to make a part of the bedtime routine.”

The Top 5 Most Popular Children’s Bedtime Stories In The UK

1. Mr Men - Roger Hargreaves
2. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
3. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
5. Horrid Henry - Francesca Simon

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