The elementary school where I'm the school librarian has 250 students. During 2011, we circulated 20,923 books. W00t! Let's take a look at the top circulated books of 2011 (January 3, 2011 - December 16, 2011).
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems [Hyperion, 2011 |Grades PreK-2]
"Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker [Scholastic, 2010 | Grades 3-6]
"A rough, tough space hero-who just happens to be a big-eared mouse-takes on the forces of intergalactic evil in this funny, action-packed graphic novel.
Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce [HarperCollins, 2010 | Grades 3-6]
The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney [Amulet, 2010 | Grades 4-8]
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet Book 3) by Kazu Kibuishi [Scholastic, 2010 | Grades 3-7]
"Kazu Kibuishi's enchanting series about two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission continues!
Babymouse: Mad Scientist by Jennifer and Matthew Holm [Random House, 2011 | All grades]
"The greatest scientific discovery of the 21st century is about to be revealed . . . when Babymouse enters the school science fair! Will her amazing discovery win 1st place? Will it become a successful spin off series? Find out in is the 14th graphic novel in the award-winning series and the Babymouse that begins the amazing adventures of SQUISH: SUPER AMOEBA!"
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight [Simon and Schuster, 2010 | Grades 1-4]
"Chapter book meets graphic novel in this first book in the series everyone will be talking about. Like most kids, Frankie Pickle hates cleaning his room. But what happens when his mom says he never has to clean it again? For Frankie and his unstoppable imagination, it means he and his sidekick, Argyle, can become explorers swinging on vines, forging paths through piles of clothes, and scooting past lava pits. They can perform flawless surgery on a broken action figure. They can spend time in the big house. They can even become superheroes. But when junk piles grow too high, will all this imagining be enough to conquer . . . the closet of DOOM?"
Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [Random House, 2009 | Grades 2-5]
"Dee, Terrence, and Hector are very excited about Author Visit Day. Lewis Scribson is the author of the famous Flippy Bunny books, and Hector is a huge fan! And it gets Dee and Terrence out of math class.
Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [Random House, 2010 | Grades 2-5]
Publisher Description:"The Breakfast Bunch is excited for the upcoming bake sale—and the best part is that it's raising money for an awesome field trip. But when all the snacks go missing, it's no laughing matter. Someone is sabotaging the bake sale. But why?