Top 10 Most Circulated 5-6 Books 2010-11
The bookends are being collected:
It’s a good time to review the most popular books of the school year.
Today we have the most circulated results from the 5th and 6th grade school where I work.
10. These Days are Just Packed: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
Over 15 years since the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip ran, the collections are still hugely popular.
9. Guinness Book of World Records 2010
The Guinness World Records series are high-interest classics.
8. Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Although I had to leave the lights (and TV) on the whole time I was reading it, I enjoyed this spooky mashup of text and video. Kids, it appears, agree.
7. The Top 10 of Everything 2010 by Russell Ash
Something that kids and adults share: a love of lists. Give me a VH1 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs on the TV and I’ll give you a solid stretch of couch-sitting. Consider this book (and its ilk) the VH1 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the children’s lit world. Worst analogy ever.
6. Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
This was a bit of a surprise, but horses + excellent author is an equation that works for scores of students in my district.
5. Out from Boneville (Bone #1) by Jeff Smith
You knew it was coming, right? This graphic novel has already achieved hall of fame status, with no signs of slowing down in popularity.
4. Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border (Bone #5) by Jeff Smith
Uh oh, I get the feeling we haven’t seen the last of Bone on this list.
3. Ripley’s Believe it or Not!: Seeing is Believing
Librarians know that the 030 section (general encyclopedic works) is always hopping. Having a Ripley’s turn up high on this list supports that.
2. Ghost Circles (Bone #7) by Jeff Smith
I’m always surprised at the end of the year when all the Bone titles come back in and you can see that we have a lot of them – during the year that section is always slim due to heavy checkouts.
1. The Great Cow Race (Bone #2) by Jeff Smith
Could it have been any other? Well, I guess it could have been any other Bone book. But it had to be Bone.
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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