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Top 10 Circulated Nonfiction of 2017

Nonfiction 2017

I messed with things again. Similar to how I tweaked our picture book list (sorry Pete), I excluded Pokemon and Minecraft from this list of the most popular nonfiction in our library this school year. The reasons are:

  1. They would crowd out just about every other book.
  2. You already know they are super popular.

So forget ’em!! Here are the most popular books from the nonfiction section of our K-4 school library this year (minus the Pokemon and Minecraft).

Click here for the Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2017

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T8. LEGO Play Book


T8. Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Star Wars

T8. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia


T6. Scholastic 2016 Book of World Records Special Edition: Epic Wins and Fails

Awesome Ideas

T6. LEGO Awesome Ideas

Adventure Book

5. The LEGO Adventure Book (#2)


4. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier


3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities

Special edition

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2016


1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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. Lynn Van Auken says

    Being that I let graphic novels have their say in my fiction post, here are the 10 most popular Nonfiction Books in our PreK – 8 library this year (sans 741.5) :

    1. Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack
    2. Legacy of the Puppy by Hiromi Nakano
    3. Pink Princess Party Cookbook by Barbara Beery (see my picture book post)
    4. The LEGO Book by Daniel Lipowitz
    5. Cake My Day by Karen Tack
    6. Peterson’s First Guide to Rocks and Minerals by Frederick H. Pough
    7. Robots by Clive Gifford
    8. LEGO Play Book, by Daniel Lipowitz
    9. The LEGO Ideas Book, by Daniel Lipowitz
    10. Standing Small: A Celebration of 30 Years of the LEGO Minifigure by Nevin Martial