Let us dive into the stats one more time to see which fiction books were checked out the most this school year. What do you say, last piece of cake in the staff fridge?
10. Kylie Jean, Drama Queen by Marci Peschke
Weren’t expecting this one, were you? This series of early chapter books goes out like crazy at my school. In my eyes, there aren’t enough of these sort of between-early-reader-and-chapter-book-type-books, with basic text and lots of illustrations. And the glittery cover does as glittery covers do: it doesn’t hurt the shelf appeal.
9. Trouble at Trident Academy (Mermaid Tales, Book 1) by Debbie Dadey
Kids are going to be kids. Kids are going to come into their school library and request books about mermaids. Thank lord Aquaman that this series has come along. All eight (I think there are eight) are often found missing from the shelf.
8. Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown
While calling this series Wimpy Kid for Star Wars fans sound like some sort of veiled dig, I mean it in the best possible way. An illustrated novel that puts SW characters in school, it’s one of the best additions to the Star Wars universe I can think of.
7. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
When it isn’t being lost and then found in dreams, this book has been getting a lot of circs.
6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Demand remains strong for this book, fueled by teacher read alouds and an early in the school year visit by that lady that gave me a projector (thanks again for the visit (and the projector)) KA.
5. Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House #3, Full-Color Edition) by Mary Pope Osborne
I was scratching my head a bit on this one – I mean Magic Tree House books are very popular in our library, but since there are so many, I didn’t expect to see one on this list. Then I double checked the cover and saw it was the Full-Color Edish. Say no more.
4. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey
I feel like there’s been a Capt. Underpants renaissance in the last couple years. A burst of new books. The full-color re-dos. The most challenged list. The upcoming Kevin Heart-attached flick. The number four slot on some dude’s list of the Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books. The Captain is walking tall these days.
3. The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton
Here’s the thing I love about these books: they are relentlessly fun to read. That’s it.
2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Seeing as how Applegate’s previous book won the Newbery and has become a teacher read aloud fav, it makes sense this next book would be hugely popular in my school as well.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Here’s how this list usually works – the most recent books almost never end up here. Either we get them part way through the school year, or we don’t start off with enough copies to meet demand for them to gather the circs needed. It the books from the previous year that usually hit the ground running and amass the checkouts. That’s what happened here. A fitting number one.