We’ve looked back to see how children’s reading choices have changed over the last 30 years to mark World Book Day, Thursday, 3 March.

Children’s books – most borrowed titles (2014/15)*

  1. Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  2. Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
  3. Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
  4. Liz Pichon, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
  5. Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  6. Liz Pichon, Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)
  7. Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  8. David Walliams, Awful Auntie
  9. Liz Pichon, Genius Ideas (Mostly)
  10. David Walliams, The Boy in the Dress

Children’s books – most borrowed titles 30 years ago (1984/85)*

  1.  Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  2. Shirley Hughes, Alfie’s Feet
  3. Raymond Briggs, The Snowman
  4. Goscinny, Asterix and the Black Gold
  5. Shirley Hughes, Dogger
  6. Goscinny, Asterix and Son
  7. Dick Bruna, Miffy’s Birthday
  8. Roald Dahl, The Witches
  9. Dick Bruna, Miffy at the Playground
  10. Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine

Last year’s top titles are all available to borrow from Sheffield’s libraries as are many of the still fantastic older ones.

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “I hope children enjoy celebrating World Book Day by seeing what’s going on their local library and discovering all the wonderful books available to them.

“Many of the titles popular 30 years ago are still favourites today and this year’s Summer Reading Challenge will feature some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters. I’m sure today’s top choices will also stand the test of time and become family favourites too.

“The libraries in Sheffield offer a huge amount for their communities, including story time sessions and baby and toddler groups. Pop down and see what’s on offer.”

Stories and crafts are taking place at the Central Children’s Library on Thursday, 3 March from 10-11.30am and 2-3.30pm and everyone is welcome. Sheffield City Council’s Little Library van is also travelling across the city throughout the week to run activities for babies and toddlers.

More information about libraries in Sheffield is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries

*National data provided by the Public Lending Right office, part of British Library.