The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List
Follett, book distributor and maker of one of the most popular library automation systems in the country, recently put out a list of the most popular books in elementary school.
Follett has collected circulation statistics from schools across the country (who choose to participate) to create the list. As a school librarian who sees the books kids are checking out every day, the list rings true. One thing that’s kind of fun about it is seeing all different types of books (picture, chapter, early reader) together.
So let’s see which books kids are checking out and reading.
1) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
2) Wonder by R.J. Palacio
3) Smile by Raina Telgemeier
4) Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
6) Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
7) Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
8) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
9) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
10) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules by Jeff Kinney
11) No David! by David Shannon
12) The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
13) The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
14) Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
15) David Goes to School by David Shannon
16) Captain Underpants (#3) by Dav Pilkey
17) The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived series) by Lauren Tarshis
18) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
19) The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
20) One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
21) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
22) Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
23) Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
24) Fly Guy and the Frankenfly by Tedd Arnold
25) Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
26) Captain Underpants (#9) by Dav Pilkey
27) The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
28) Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
29) Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
30) Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
31) Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
32) Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
33) Captain Underpants (#11) by Dav Pilkey
34) Fly Guy vs. The Flyswatter! by Tedd Arnold
35) Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell
36) Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
37) Minecraft Construction Handbook
38) Minecraft Essential Handbook
39) Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks by Tedd Arnold
40) Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell
41) Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
42) Minecraft Combat Handbook
43) Tales From a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renee Russell
44) Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell
45) Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
46) Tales From a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell
47) Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell
48) Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
A few observations:
- Not much nonfiction! Let’s see – there’s Minecraft and that’s about it (graphic novels Smile and Sisters are in most nonfiction sections, but they’re a special case, being memoirs). Historical fiction I Survived is the next closest thing. While nonfiction is incredibly popular, student interest doesn’t focus on particular books as much as it does in fiction.
- Series. Lots of series.
- One thing this seems kind of obvious, but it worth keeping in mind is that students still are choosing books that are in the collection, so the list is still ultimately shaped by the people making purchasing/collection development decisions.
What stands out to you?
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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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