On Hold @ the Library: October 2010
What you are about to see is real. These are the books that actual, honest-to-goodness children are putting on hold at the school libraries where I work. The photo below (of books on hold at my 3rd and 4th grade school) has not been altered in any way.
Wait, let’s make this easier on ourselves:
Much better. Okay, since it’s a fairly crowed shelf this month, let’s put these books in categories.
The No Surprises Group:
39 Clues, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Calvin and Hobbes, Goosebumps, Scholastic Book of World Records, Batman/Superman
You didn’t know these were popular? I’d like to welcome you to 2010, because it is very likely you are a time traveler from the past.
The Seasonal Sensations:
Halloween, Mostly Ghostly
There’s something I love about the annual renewal of interest in seasonal books. It’s like they become famous again every year.
The Perennial Classic:
Where the Sidewalk Ends
This book just continues to get love – as you can probably tell by the condition it’s in. It has the pesky top o’ the spine tear going on.
The High Interest Nonfiction Contingent:
The Loch Ness Monster, Buck Wilder’s Small Fry Fishing Guide, The Golden Retriever
Lovers of facts make their presence felt on the hold shelf with this trio of titles.
The “I Didn’t Realize that was Popular Until I Realized It” Crew:
The English Roses series by Madonna, The Young Dancer by Darcy Bussel, The Scary States of America by Michael Teitelbaum
English Roses has been a unquestionable smash hit at my schools. As a result, my tongue-biting strength has never been better. The popularity of The Young Dancer once again re-affirms that one can never underestimate books on this topic. Scary States, a collection of 50 scary short stories is almost always on hold. If I can recommend you purchase one lesser-known title on this list, this crowd-pleaser would be it.
The Fiction Creeper:
Peak by Roland Smith
This book has been getting a bunch of checkouts recently – I’m chalking this one up to positive student word-of-mouth, which is always welcome.
Look for more books On Hold @ the Library next month.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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