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Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016

Top 10 Fiction

Let us dive into the stats one more time to see which fiction books were checked out the most this school year. What do you say, last piece of cake in the staff fridge?

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Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels 2016

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books 2016

Kylie Jean

10. Kylie Jean, Drama Queen by Marci Peschke

Weren’t expecting this one, were you? This series of early chapter books goes out like crazy at my school. In my eyes, there aren’t enough of these sort of between-early-reader-and-chapter-book-type-books, with basic text and lots of illustrations. And the glittery cover does as glittery covers do: it doesn’t hurt the shelf appeal.

Trouble at Trident

9. Trouble at Trident Academy (Mermaid Tales, Book 1) by Debbie Dadey

Kids are going to be kids. Kids are going to come into their school library and request books about mermaids. Thank lord Aquaman that this series has come along. All eight (I think there are eight) are often found missing from the shelf.

Phantom Bully

8. Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown

While calling this series Wimpy Kid for Star Wars fans sound like some sort of veiled dig, I mean it in the best possible way. An illustrated novel that puts SW characters in school, it’s one of the best additions to the Star Wars universe I can think of.

Terrible Two

7. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

When it isn’t being lost and then found in dreams, this book has been getting a lot of circs.


6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Demand remains strong for this book, fueled by teacher read alouds and an early in the school year visit by that lady that gave me a projector (thanks again for the visit (and the projector)) KA.

Mummies in the Morning

5. Mummies in the MorningĀ (Magic Tree House #3, Full-Color Edition) by Mary Pope Osborne

I was scratching my head a bit on this one – I mean Magic Tree House books are very popular in our library, but since there are so many, I didn’t expect to see one on this list. Then I double checked the cover and saw it was the Full-Color Edish. Say no more.

Captain Underpants 11

4. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey

I feel like there’s been a Capt. Underpants renaissance in the last couple years. A burst of new books. The full-color re-dos. The most challenged list. The upcoming Kevin Heart-attached flick. The number four slot on some dude’s list of the Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books. The Captain is walking tall these days.

39 Story Treehouse

3. The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton

Here’s the thing I love about these books: they are relentlessly fun to read. That’s it.


2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Seeing as how Applegate’s previous book won the Newbery and has become a teacher read aloud fav, it makes sense this next book would be hugely popular in my school as well.

Long Haul

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Here’s how this list usually works – the most recent books almost never end up here. Either we get them part way through the school year, or we don’t start off with enough copies to meet demand for them to gather the circs needed. It the books from the previous year that usually hit the ground running and amass the checkouts. That’s what happened here. A fitting number one.

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Travis,

    This makes me think that I should look through the more than 600 pictures I have posted on Facebook of my first grade librarian choices and see what my first grade top ten list might be. I know that if I make Mo Willems just one choice (instead of looking at each book), he will be number one. That is a given. I wonder what the other nine might be? Hmmm?