#HoldShelf Day: April 2012
Got a hold shelf? It’s time to share it.
The monthly #holdshelf event is here. This time, the gallery is over at Watch. Connect. Read. There was a great turnout – be sure to head there to check things out.
Let’s dig into the hold shelf at my 5th and 6th grade school:
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
I know I should have expected it, but the Heroes of Olympus series from Rick Riordan has been hugely popular at my 5th and 6th grade school. A word to the wise: never underestimate Riordan’s popularity. You’ll rue the day, friend!
Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman
This book, the second in the Skeleton Creek series, continues to pop up on the hold shelf.
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Treasure Hunters (Bone #8) by Jeff Smith
While I’m more used to seeing the lower numbers on hold, the Bone series as a whole makes the hold shelf its personal futon.
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
I love this book, and I love that kids love this book. It will pop up on the hold shelf occasionally, and I’ll give it a (mental) fist bump as if to say, “You still got it, my friend.”
This encyclopedia of wonderful randomness has been steadily popular ever since it hit the shelf a couple years back. Sneakily successful.
Play Baseball Like a Pro
This is a new addition to the collection, so I love that it’s already getting lots of looks.
Fire Star by Chris d’Lacey
To me, The Last Dragon Chronicles has been a completely under-the-radar success. While you never hear to much about d’Lacey’s series, they keep getting looks in my library.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Thanks in large part to the recent film, War Horse has had a huge resurgence in popularity this school year.
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
You can’t deny the popularity of this Wimpy Kid read-alike.
Be sure to head over to Watch. Connect. Read. and see a whole slew of books kids are lining up to read.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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