Top 10 Most Circulated K-4 Books 2010-11
The books are packed. I guess we’re done with check-out for the year. Time to take a look back.
Yesterday’s list of the most circulated books at my K-2 school (click here to see it) was a bit of a rarity – hardly any books from the same series. Much more common is the repetitive group of books we have today, from my K-4 school.Â Get ready for some familiar faces.
10. Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Special Edition 2010
If one were to create the perfect high interest library on the moon (because, why not?) Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Guiness Book of World Records would be a must. Kids never tire of all the odd, amazing, and gross facts they discover in these books.
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This book recently celebrated its fourth year in print (!), and aside from the more recent Wimpy Kid releases getting more attention, this first book in the blockbuster series is still wildly popular.
8. Out from Boneville (Bone #1) by Jeff Smith
Hmm. Ditto what I said about #10, except add a few years. This is a must-have series for any collection.
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
I think you’re starting to get the picture here – Wimpy Kid dominated the checkouts at my K-4 school.
6. Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day by Barbara Park
There were a few other Junie B. titles near the top, but this was the most popular of the bunch. I enjoyed the recent Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac post which mentions Jim Trelease’s assertion that the Junie B. Jones series are “the most stolen books in the United States“. Thankfully, we’ve managed to hang on to most of our copies, and they’re checked out like crazy.
5. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
With the incredible popularity of the Captain Underpants series, I tend to forget about this Dav Pilkey-penned title. Until I check the stats and realize it’s definitely on students radar screens. A side note, there will be a new Super Diaper Baby title (the second in the series) released on July 12 of this year.
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
This latest installment in the series probably would have hit #1 had been released earlier in the school year.
3. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey
This is the fifth book in the aforementioned insanely popular series. I never see this on the shelf.
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
“Really informative list, Travis – I am amazed to discover that kids like reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Oh, what gold nugget of information might you amaze us with next?”
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Well, what did you expect? Jokes aside, it’s been awesome to see how this series has gotten so many kids to pick up a book who otherwise might not. A hearty pat on the back to Mr. Kinney.
Coming up next, my 3rd and 4th grade school.
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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