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On Hold @ the Library: November ’10

If every picture tells a story, then every picture of a hold shelf tells…


…well, let’s just say it tells a bunch of stories. Lots of stories.

One story a hold shelf picture tells is What the Kids Are Readin’, and that is why I share my monthly snapshot. This one is from the 5th and 6th grade school where I work:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Ask anyone who knows kids books, or anyone who watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (in which Wimpy Kid was a towering balloon) and they can attest to the popularity of this series.

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell

A bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one. I’m a fan of Dowell’s work and it’s good to see that kids are lining up to read this one.

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn

Another unexpected title, but I should have known better – Hahn’s spooky stories have been briskly making the rounds this year.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The first book in the Percy Jackson series is no stranger to the hold shelf.

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor

Nice to see a classic show up to the party.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Just when you think some of the popularity of a series like the Inheritance trilogy is dying down, you find the first book on the hold shelf. I tell ya’, this shelf will make an honest librarian out of you.

And for your further hold shelf enjoyment, take a look at these photos submitted by readers (send a picture to scopenotes@gmail.com and I’ll add yours to this post):

From Elizabeth @ River Oaks Elementary Library

From the K-5 school library of @MrSchuReads

From Sarah @ the American International School of Budapest. Yes, Budapest.

Thanks to everyone who submitted. Look for more books on hold next month.

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.