On Hold @ the Library: May ’09
Time for another edition of On Hold @ the Library. Letâ€™s just take a look at our holds shelf and see what weâ€™ve got. Oh. Yeah. Thatâ€™s right. Since the end of the school year is nigh, holds are no longer being taken. To make a (not very long) story short, I got nothin’.
After seconds of careful thought, I have a plan. Instead of showing you books on hold, Iâ€™ll go through circulation records of each of the schools I work at and let you know which books got checked out the most this year. We can call it The Most Circulated @ the Library. A fair trade? A reasonable sample of the books kids are reading? I hope youâ€™re saying yes right now. Let me reiterate that these lists are just showing the facts and have not been tampered with in any way.
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade School:
Someone introduced Spiderwick Chronicles to the 2nd graders in a big way this year. The other books in that series were all also near the top. But Fancy Nancy, whom girls really canâ€™t get enough of, only fell short of the #1 slot by two checkouts.
Kindergarten â€“ 4th Grade School:
And they say boys arenâ€™t reading. Iâ€™m going to keep this list handy (or at least a mental version â€“ *click*) for the next time that topic of conversation comes up.
3rd Grade â€“ 4th Grade School:
#1: Guinness Book of World Records 2006 by Craig Glenday.
2006 must have been a good year. Itâ€™s funny because we have more recent Guinness Books on the shelf. That one must have all the good records in it. Is it just me, or do you love the Eoin Colfer’s Legend of… series too? The Legend of Spud Murphy is one of the best read-alouds you can ask for. As much fun for the reader as for the readees.
5th Grade â€“ 6th Grade School:
#1: Guinness Book of World Records 2005 by Claire Folkard.
Youâ€™ve got to be kidding me â€“ Guinness again? Hey, I canâ€™t complain â€“ I used to read those books like crazy when I was in my younger days. Only back then, they were those insanely thick black and white versions. Seeing Bone reappear is no shocker, although just #7 is a slight head-scratcher. Iâ€™m very happy to see Cabret make the list.
Looks like On Hold @ the Library will be on hold for the next couple months due to summer vacation. Look for a return at the end of September.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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