Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015
Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore…
10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel
Usually books that come out during the school year don’t end up on these lists (they don’t have as much time to rack up the checkouts. The latest Bad Kitty is the exception. A series that continues to be popular.
9. The Frog Who Croaked (Platypus Police Squad #1) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The first book in this series from Lunch Lady creator Krosoczka is a popular one.
8. Now Look What You’ve Done (Timmy Failure #2) by Stephen Pastis
Last year the first book in this series was one of the most checked-out. It makes sense that the second book would be on the list this year.
7. Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries #5) by Rachel Renee Russell
An interesting thing happened this year – a lot of boys started reading Dork Diaries. I love it when the gender walls we often build come down. I think interest from boys and girls is what put this book on the list.
6. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey
Did you forget about this one? What with all the Capt. Underpants, Super Diaper Baby, and Ricky Ricotta fanfare, you might not have noticed Dav Pilkey’s other creation quietly getting checked out a ton.
5. The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton
I’ve reviewed this book before (verdict: I love it), and it’s been great to see that kids love it too.
4. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet by Dav Pilkey
What list of popular books could be complete without The Captain. The 11th book in the series was a check-out juggernaut this year.
3. The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton
The book that started all this treehouse silliness.
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This is the lone non-illustrated book on the list. And the only stand alone (well, there’s this coming out, but you know what I mean). It makes me think I should do another list of non-illustrated, non-series middle grade. It would be interesting to see which books would show up there.
1. Invasion of the Ufonuts (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut #2) by Laurie Keller
You know how on the picture book list, I talked about the power of the author visit and how it made Arnie the Doughnut even more popular? The same thing happened to the Arnie chapter books.
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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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