All Stars Block Party!

Inspired by Sonya over at The Library Patch and Mr. Schu, I decided to run reports about my top titles (in terms of circulations) this year.  Here are my top ten overall:

#1:  Guinness Book of World Record Records 2012  (31 circulations)

#2:  I Spy Christmas (30 circulations)

#3:  Geronimo Stilton: The Coliseum Con (27 circulations)

#4:  Inside the Titanic (27 circulations)

#5:  Ripley’s Believe it or not! (27 circulations)

#6:  Guinness Book of World Records, 2011 (25 circulations)

#7:  Bone #3: Eyes of the Storm (24 circulations)

#8:  Star Wars:  Death Star Battles (24 circulations)

#9:  Geronimo Stilton #2:  The Secret of the Sphinx (23 circulations)

#10:Soldiers of the U.S. Army  ( 23 circulations)

…Hmmm…all are classified as non-fiction, including 3 graphic novels,  and most are part of a series.

How did our chapter book fiction, picture books, and early readers stack up?

Fiction:  (with 5 titles tied for the #4 spot)

Summer of the Sea Serpent

The World according to Humphrey

Mummy  (Time Soldiers)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 and #3

Rex (Time Soldiers)

Summer according to Humphrey

Geronimo Stilton:  The Temple of the Ruby of Fire

The Lightning Thief

Ivy and Bean

(Another testament to the power of series fiction;  all of these are part of a series.  AND, the Humphrey books were read-alouds by the teachers in second grade, which gave them a huge boost.  I really need to do a better job of getting my teachers to read some new titles.  They don’t realize the influence they have with book choice!)

Picture Books

This one is very telling and speaks to ease-of-access.  All but 3 of the top ten are in wooden browsing bins with covers facing out– at the end of my picture book shelving.  I’ve long suspected these go out more often but now I have proof!

The deep Blue Sea:  a book of colors

Belinda, the Ballerina

The Lorax

Where’s Waldo?

Alphabet Rescue

Don’t Let the Pigeon drive the Bus!

Not all Princesses Dress in Pink

Piggie Pie!

We are in a Book!

I Will Surprise my Friend!

Early Readers  (Tedd Arnold and Mo Willems have almost no competition here.  Their popularity holds up in both sections in which they appear.)

Hooray for Fly Guy

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy

I am Going!

Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker

Today I will Fly!

I love my new Toy!

Pigs make me Sneeze

Shoo, Fly Guy

Super Fly Guy

There is a Bird on your Head

Lots to ponder here.  I’m glad I ran those reports;  they’ll definitely help to inform my purchases for next year.  How about you?  Run your numbers and become a part of the Block Party.  I’d love to see what your students love to read!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynne Woodard
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 11:02:01

    What a good thing to do. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Sonya
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 10:24:43

    Hi Kathy – Thanks for sharing your top titles!! I had never heard of the Humphry books until a new student came to the library and begged for one. She seemed so disappointed that I didn’t have one that I immediately added them to my book order for next year:) There are also a few picture books here that I will have to look into. I would love to have you add your blog with the inlinkz tool to my blog. My readers may be interested in your list too!


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