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The top 25 children’s titles at my school this year

IMG_3181It’s almost the end of the school year (hooray!). I didn’t need to run a report to see what our most popular books were, since I watch them go in and out of the elementary library every day, but I thought I’d verify my guesses. As our top 25 list shows, graphic novels were hot (Raina Telegemeier could put out a new book every week and kids would still be clamoring for more from her—same with the Amulet series), Wimpy Kid is still going strong, and books nominated for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota’s “read and vote” award for kids) got lots of circulations (a fact aided by the pizza party kids who read a certain number of these books were able to earn). The titles on this award list included entries 1, 2, 3, 6, 17, and 19 on our top 25 list. What was hot at your school (elementary, middle, or high school) this year? Share your lists in our comments or find me on Twitter @CiteSomething. 


1. Fort DeFelice, Cynthia C.
2. Dinosaur boy Oakes, Cory Putman
3. Turn left at the cow Bullard, Lisa
4. Diary of a wimpy kid : double down Kinney, Jeff
5. Minecraft combat handbook Milton, Stephanie
6. The vanishing coin Egan, Kate
7. Dog Man Pilkey, Dav
8. Amulet. Book seven, Firelight Kibuishi, Kazu
9. Dog Man Unleashed Pilkey, Dav
10. El Deafo Bell, Cece
11. Pokémon : deluxe essential handbook : the need-to-know stats and facts on over 700 Pokémon. Pokémon
12. Amulet. Book one, The stonekeeper Kibuishi, Kazu
13. Minecraft essential handbook Milton, Stephanie
14. Amulet. Book two, The stonekeeper’s curse Kibuishi, Kazu
15. Diary of a wimpy kid : the long haul Kinney, Jeff
16. Dog Man. A tale of two kitties Pilkey, Dav
17. Appleblossom the possum Sloan, Holly Goldberg
18. Diary of a wimpy kid : old school Kinney, Jeff
19. Honey Weeks, Sarah
20. Amulet. Book four, The last council Kibuishi, Kazu
21. Diary of a wimpy kid : cabin fever Kinney, Jeff
22. Amulet. Book three, The cloud searchers Kibuishi, Kazu
23. Sisters Telgemeier, Raina
24. Amulet. Book five, Prince of the elves Kibuishi, Kazu
25. Drama Telgemeier, Raina


  1. Barbara Wright says:

    Here’s our list, from #1 to #25. In our 40 weeks of school, Mary Ann Saves the Day went out 38 times. It’s mostly humor and graphic novels, but whatever gets kids reading is ok with me.

    The Baby-sitters Club: Mary Anne saves the day. [3], Mary Anne saves the day : a graphic novel Telgemeier, Raina.
    Sunny side up Holm, Jennifer L.,
    Wonder Palacio, R. J.
    Diary of a wimpy kid : the last straw Kinney, Jeff.
    Diary of a wimpy kid : old school Kinney, Jeff,
    Babymouse. [12], Burns rubber Holm, Jennifer L.
    I got this : to gold and beyond Hernandez, Laurie, 2000-
    Diary of a wimpy kid :hard luck Kinney, Jeff.
    Diary of a wimpy kid : Rodrick Rules Kinney, Jeff.
    Dork diaries; Tales from a not-so-glam TV star Russell, Rachel Renée.
    Locker hero Russell, Rachel Renée.
    Diary of a wimpy kid : the long haul Kinney, Jeff.
    Eragon Paolini, Christopher
    Legends : the best players, games, and teams in basketball Bryant, Howard, 1968-
    Sisters Telgemeier, Raina.
    Beyond the bright sea Wolk, Lauren,
    Big Nate goes for broke Peirce, Lincoln. F PEI
    The inquisitor’s tale, or, The three magical children and their holy dog Gidwitz, Adam
    Amulet; Stonekeeper. Book 1 Kibuishi, Kazu,
    The courageous princess. Volume 2, The unremembered lands / : #2 The Unremembered Lands Espinosa, Rod.
    Diary of a wimpy kid : dog days Kinney, Jeff.
    The worst years of my life Patterson, James,
    Fire and ice Hunter, Erin.
    Ghosts Telgemeier, Raina.

    • Amanda MacGregor Amanda MacGregor says:

      Thank you for sharing this! It’s really interesting to me that Eragon is on the list!

      • Barbara Wright says:

        We already own multiple copies of the series, so we got some avid readers started on it, and word of mouth did the rest.

  2. Our top ten at International School at Dundee, Greenwich:
    1. Wild Robot Escapes
    2.Mai’s Secrets
    3. The War That Saved My Life
    4.The Adventures of Captain Underpants
    5.Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain
    6. Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the unpleasant penguins from Pluto
    7. Star Wars : absolutely everything you need to know
    8. Amulet. Book seven, Firelight
    9.Bone: Crown of Horns
    10. Fable Comics

    • Amanda MacGregor Amanda MacGregor says:

      Thanks for this! It’s interesting to see the same books/series cropping up, then also things that stand out to me, like Wild Robot Escapes.

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