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Top 10 Circulated Books of 2012: 5th-6th Grade

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We’ve covered my K-2 and 3-4 schools – today we wrap up this look back at the year that was with the most circulated books at my 5th and 6th grade school. A few expected, a few unexpected – all of them popular among this age group.

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10. All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Our upper elementary students love Hahn. So much so that I’m considering (on a commenter’s recommendation) to use my creepy library statues in a Mary Downing Hahn display this coming school year.

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9. Amulet, Book 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi

This likable fantasy graphic novel series rolls on, picking up new fans every year.

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8. Old Man’s Cave (Bone, Book 6) by Jeff Smith

The popularity of Jeff Smith’s graphic novel series went from an 11 to a 10 this last year. It’s still more popular than just about anything else, but occasionally you could find one on the shelf.

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7. These Days Are Just Packed: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson

I love seeing the Calvin & Hobbes show up here.

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6. The Big Time: A Football Genius Novel by Tim Green

Don’t sleep on the Tim Green. Sports loving readers have been checking out this former NFL player’s books at a steady clip.

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5. Guinness World Records, 2010

Now we’re getting into the more expected portion of this list – the perennial chart-toppers. Exhibit A right here.

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4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Our first Wimpy Kid appearance! It’s no secret that these remain wildly popular, although the first two books in the series did see a bit more shelf time this year – chalk that up to pretty much every kid on the planet having already read them.

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3. Scholastic Book of World Records, 2011

The draw of world records cannot be stopped.

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2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

This one may be my personal favorite of the series.

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1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

You see how the drama goes away after you get about halfway through the list? The top 5 was dominated by Greg Heffley.

I’m curious to see which book will climb the charts in the 2012-13 campaign, which kicks off after Labor Day here in Michigan.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. charlotte says:

    I love seeing Calvin and Hobbs being read by today’s kids too! I loved them as a kid myself.

  2. Ed Spicer says:

    Travis,

    I love seeing what students read (via circulation stats. Thanks for posting.

    Ed

    PS I fully expect to see Mr. September posted to your blog!

  3. I too am a longtime fan of Calvin and Hobbes. It’s good to see that it’s going on to the next generation. My granddaughter, a 6th grader who loves to read, recently read The Maze Runner. It’s a series of books and she absolutely couldn’t put it down. The genre is fantasy.

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    Who knew Calvin and Hobbes is still so popular? That makes me happy! 5th and 6th graders don’t seem to be reading as diverse a selection of books as I would have hoped!

    • Travis says:

      If I had expanded this list to 20 or 30, I think you would have seen a much wider variety. This was just the very top in popularity.

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