Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter still best known by children

In case you were worrying, classic children’s books definitely haven’t gone out of fashion in the digital era. And neither have world renowned painters and film makers.

According to a recent poll of a thousand British children, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter Van Gogh and Steven Spielberg, are some of the most widely recognised cultural, artistic and literary figures.

The poll asked children aged from 5 to 16 years which authors, artists, writers and even vloggers they recognised by name. Here are their top 10:

Enid Blyton
Beatrix Potter
Lewis Carroll
Rudyard Kipling
Zoella (Zoe Sugg, vlogger)
Van Gogh
Quentin Blake
Claude Monet
Steven Spielberg
Dr Seuss

Amongst younger children, Beatrix Potter was the author most recognised while 15 to 16 year olds chose Steven Spielberg as their most famous cultural ambassador.

Enid Blyton was the most famous person on the list for 9 to 14 year olds, with nearly 70 per cent selecting her.

Six per cent of all the children polled didn’t recognise any names on the list, which is more than a little worrying as many feature on the national curriculum.

Surprisingly, as she has more than 9.5 million YouTube subscribers, vlogger Zoella came almost last in every age group as a recognisable figure.

The online poll was commissioned for holidaycottages.co.uk to learn more about children’s cultural tastes ahead of the launch of a new competition to find Britain’s best young authors, artists and video film directors.

‘Young Creatives’ competition will ask schools, Scouts, Brownies and other youth groups to enter their best work to win part of a £2,000 prize which includes books, holiday vouchers and photography prizes.

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