I know it seems kind of random to be doing a top 10 post going into our third month of school. I decided to pull the individual title circulation count list because I noticed a sort of Harry Renaissance happening at my school. Right now, I can name 4-5 kids who have never read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies and are reading the series for the first time.(A very exciting time for me to be an elementary librarian) It has been a few years since I have read the books. I’ve wanted to, but there’s always so much in my to- read pile, and if I get too close to the Harry Potter black hole, it sucks me in and I become obsessed. So, I’ve kind of maintained a healthy distance since I’ve become a children’s librarian. But seeing the recent renewal of interest here, I made a deal with myself. I was going to pull the list, and if any of the Harry Potter books were in the top five of my circulation counts, I could justify indulging myself by reading through the series again, even though it means neglecting many other new books and series. I mean, if my students are into it, I should get back into it too, right? Sooo, I pulled the list this morning, and this is what I found.
The Top 10 books of the first two months of the 2014-2015 school year:
1. The Minecraft Essential Handbook- 20 check outs
This is really no surprise. I get asked if I have any Minecraft books by more than 3 kids in every single first through fifth grade class, every single day. I keep buying books, and I still can’t keep them on the shelf. To help minimize the chaos, I made a rule at the beginning of the school year. I no longer put Minecraft books on hold, and there is no waiting list. Period. They are first come, first served. If you find one on display when you happen to be in the library, you got lucky. I know that sounds kind of harsh, but the hold lists for Minecraft books were getting several pages long, and chaotic, and there was a lot of complaining going on when a student would keep a book longer than his or her classmates through reasonable. I made the new rule, and there is hardly any complaining. There’s a lot of rejoicing when I student gets to check one out, but there’s no finger pointing and animosity now. It’s simple, and I like it that way.
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck- 17 check outs
I don’t need to talk about how popular this series is, do I? I mean, there’s a Greg Heffley float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Next month, the new book, The Long Haul will come out, and I expect it to be here in the 2nd place spot before too long. (I doubt it will topple the Minecraft book, unless someone just steals all of my copies.)
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone- 16 checkouts
There it is! 16 checkouts after just two months of school for a book with over 300 pages (which means it’s mainly being read by 4th and 5th graders) that was published in 1997 is incredible. The Boy Who Lived is still very much alive, and I suppose this means that I’ll be returning home to Hogwarts for next few weeks. I’m excited.
I want to fast forward through the list. Books 4-9 are all Diary of a Wimpy Kid titles, and the new Captain Underpants book. I’m glad they are doing well, but it’s really not a surprise.
10. Smile by Raina Telgemeier- 10 checkouts
I was surprised and thrilled to see Smile break the top ten. I created the graphic novel section when I first arrived at this school. Before, they were spread throughout the collection. There was a lot of interest, in my first two years but this year, graphic novels have become the most read format of book in my library, and Smile has been leading the pack.
The following series have been extremely popular through the first two months of school. They’ve been circulating like crazy:
The Amulet series, The Legend of Zelda graphic novels, the Pokemon graphic novels, the Elephant and Piggie books, the Who Was biography series, anything to do with Star Wars, the Babymouse series, The Geronimo and Thea Stilton series, the Junie B. Jones series and the Ever After high series.