Endangered Series (#25): Amelia’s Notebook
Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything.
An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it stay, or should it go? Or think of it this way – if you were starting a library today, would this series make the cut? Let’s discuss.
Amelia’s Notebook (series) by Marissa Moss
This 29 book series, which ran from 1995 to 2015, has an interesting publishing story (which Marissa Moss explains on her website). The first four books were published by Tricycle Press. American Girl then bought those books, reissued them, and began publishing new ones. After 15 books the list was sold to Simon & Schuster, who is the current publisher.
The Case for Keeping: The diary format of these books was ahead of it’s time. Books like Dork Diaries prove that this sort of book continues to hold appeal for young readers.
The Case for Not: How are your copies looking these days? Holding up? Ours are definitely worn, prompting me to start thinking about what to do with the series as a whole.
Refresh? It depends on where you look, but many of the Amelia’s Notebooks are still available. Spinoff series Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters is also one to consider.
My Verdict: Keeping what we have for now, and pushing the Dork Diaries, Ellie McDoodle, Amelia’s Notebook read-alike trio.
What are you doing with this series at your library? Anyone willing to fess up that they still have these on the shelf?
Filed under: Endangered Series
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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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