Top 10 Circulated Books 2012: 3rd-4th Grade
The end of the school year is a crazy time, I tell you. All of a sudden, things that would never appear in a teacher’s lounge at any other time, things like this…
…all of a sudden show up.
But I’d like to focus on a non-slushie order of business today – popular books. I’ve combed through statistics to find out which books were the most popular of the 2011-12 campaign. Here they are for my 3rd and 4th grade school, in all their countdown glory.
10. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons : a Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
Love it that this snuck on the list. It was unexpected for me – I knew Calvin and Hobbes still went out a lot, but I underestimated the overall circulations. I’m updating our C & H offerings next year to meet demand.
9. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel
There have been rumblings for a while, but this is the year Bad Kitty ascended to the top echelon of our checkout ranks. I don’t think we can have enough of these.
8. Dogs for Kids! Everything You Need to Know About Dogs by Kristin Mehus-Roe
If you don’t have this in your library, I highly recommend it. While I like to maintain a strict “no pets” policy at home, I’m all for feeding student demand at school.
7. Guinness World Records 2012
You knew it was coming, right? High interest hall of fame material.
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Our first Wimpy Kid sighting. Jeff Kinney’s series has been as popular as ever. It’s odd to actually see one on the shelf.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Our second Wimpy Kid sighting.
4. Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost
This was a surprise. I’d seen kids coming in and asking for this book by name this year, which had never happened before, but I didn’t expect it to beat out the other books on this list to land at #4. This junior guide to comics deserves all the attention it’s getting.
3. A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty returns to the list at the not-to-shabby #3 slot. This is one of the picture book offerings, so I was slightly surprised to see that it was checked out to more students than the chapter books. Note to self: stock up on Bad Kitty for 2012-13.
2. Guinness World Records 2011
Remember the olden days when the only Guinness was that insanely thick black and white number? And kids read the bejesus out of that. Adding color and appealing design has turned something popular into something that circulates nonstop.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Look, folks – this is the way it goes – the most recent Wimpy Kid that has an entire school year to circulate (as opposed to the latest book, Cabin Fever, which came out in November) takes the top slot. That’s how things work.
I’ll be sharing the top of the top for my other schools in the near future.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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