It has been a while since I pulled the circulation numbers.  I wasn’t able to make public posts like this, so it wasn’t really worth the work. I usually have a pretty good idea of what’s popular around here without the solid stats in front of me. That being said, this is my first time looking at the actual numbers for this year. There were a few surprises. I did it a little differently, this time. I used to just do the top 10 books, regardless of the type of books they were, but this time, I divided it into divisions. They are: picture books,  easy readers, chapter books, graphic novels, heavily-illustrated novels and novels.  This way the list isn’t just all Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Elephant and Piggie books.

The Top 5 Picture Books

#1- Creepy Pair of Underwear


It wasn’t even close, really. This book has been wildly popular around here. And no. The underwear  on the cover doesn’t really glow in the dark. (We discussed this in a public meeting at ALA Midwinter, and it resulted in me cupping my hands in a circle around the undies, and peaking in the pseudo-darkness to test it out. It was all very professionally done, though.)

#2. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes


Believe it or not, it’s almost been 10 years since this book first graced our shelves. (March 2, 2010) If it’s as popular everywhere else as it is in my school, it might be time to start thinking of it as a kid lit classic.

#3. The Pigeon Needs a Bath


You’ll be seeing more Mo Willems on this list, I bet.

#4. Arnie the Doughnut


This one made me really happy. Why you ask? Well, besides the fact that it’s a really good picture book, Laurie Keller is coming to visit our school next month. I haven’t started hyping the visit up quite yet, so the fact that my students are loving this book, already, tells me I picked a good author!

#5. Frozen


Five years later, and the kids still won’t let it go.

The Top 5 Easy Readers

Before I give them to you, let me say that we do have other easy reader series besides Elephant and Piggie in my library.

#1. We are in a Book


#2.  I’m a Frog


#3. I Really Like Slop


#4. My Friend is Sad


#5. The Thank You Book


The Top 5 Chapter Books

#1. Mercy Watson to the Rescue


Mercy has been having a great year. That makes me happy.

#2. Dory Fantasmagory

dory fantasmagory

I heard some kids talking about how this is my favorite book the other day. It might not be my very favorite, but I’m glad (and not surprised) that they can feel my enthusiasm for the series.

#3. The Infamous Ratsos


These guys have been wildly popular.

#4. Lauren the Puppy Fairy


#5. Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that had to go


I love Ivy + Bean almost as much as Dory, so this was a pleasant surprise for me.

The Top 5 Graphic Novels

#1. Dog Man Unleashed 


Wow, that image is huge. That’s ok, though, because Dog Man is huge. He’s taken our school by storm and quickly set himself up as a rival to Greg Heffley, George Beard and Harold Hutchins.

#2 Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

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#3. Smile


This one always makes me smile.

#4. Sisters


#5. Amulet


This series is consistently flying off of my shelves.

The Top Five Heavily Illustrated Novels

I didn’t invent a new book genre because I don’t think these are real novels. I do. I just wanted everyone to see what novels are popular here besides Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants.

#1 Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down


#2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School


#3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck


#4. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets

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#5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid


The Top 5 Novels

#1. Wonder


It’s funny. I spent years trying to get kids to read this book, and had some success. It never cracked the top 10, though. I should just let Hollywood do my job for me. They’re really good at getting kids interested in books. (I’m not bitter. I promise.)

#2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Harry’s not going anywhere.

#3. The One and Only Ivan


Sigh. I love this book. I’m glad my students do, too.

#4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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I can’t really explain this. 2nd grade does a read-aloud of it every year, and I guess it sticks with the kids, because the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders keep checking it out long after they leave 2nd grade. I’ve never heard our 2nd grade teachers read aloud, but they must be good. Maybe I should duck in for story time some day.

#5. Isle of the Lost


I’m not surprised here. My students love the Decendants.

( and finally) The Top 5 Nonfiction

#1. Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition


I was kind of confused as to why this one checked out more than the 2017 or 2018 edition, until I noticed the little Minecraft guy on the cover. Brilliant marketing.

#2. Pokemon Visual Companion


#3. Minecraft Combat Handbook


#4. Minecraft Redstone Handbook


I’ll be honest. I have no idea what a redstone is, or why it needs a handbook.

#5. The Airport Book


This was probably the biggest surprise for me. How did a nonfiction picture book sneak it’s way onto the list among all of the Minecraft and Pokemon contenders? We may never know, but it could be because it’s a very good book.


That’s it! I’m glad and can do this kind of thing, again. What’s been popular in your library?