Children in Kildare describe the types of books they like to read.

In the 'Private Eye' segment of young people’s television programme ‘Echo Island’, reporter Edel and cameraperson Aideen from County Kildare survey the reading habits of some of their friends. They discover children read books anywhere and whenever they get the opportunity.

Andrea mostly reads Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five’ books because,

They’re adventurous and you never know what’s going to happen.

Her aunt gave her a copy of ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens but when it got boring she skipped to the back of the book to find out what happens at the end.

Popular books among the young readers surveyed are those by Roald Dahl, Francine Pascal’s ‘Sweet Valley High’ series and tales based on true stories.

The children borrow books from their local library. When they do buy books, they keep them to read again, lend them to friends, or sell them. 

Technology is having an effect on one boy’s reading habits,

I play with my computer a lot and I hardly ever read at all.

However Mike a librarian in Kildare finds no evidence to show that computers are having a detrimental effect on reading habits,

Some children leave here with seven or eight books under their arm and come back in a week and a half’s time for more.

Aideen summarises,

Adventure books are most popular, most children buy their books and lend them to their friends afterwards.

‘Echo Island’ was broadcast on RTÉ Network 2 as part of ‘The Den’. It first aired in September 1994 and concluded in June 1999. The presenters included Dara Ó Briain, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Alan Hughes, Derek Mooney, Mary Kingston and Carrie Crowley.

This episode of ‘Echo Island’ was broadcast on 6 February 1996.