Top 10 Most Circulated Books K-5 | 2011

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]

Publisher Description:
"Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending story that is even more interactive than previous Elephant & Piggie adventures. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo won't be able to put this book down--literally!"

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey [Scholastic, 2011 | Grades 3-5]

Publisher Description:

"Tra-la-laaa! The wait is over! Dav Pilkey--ahem--we mean, George and Harold, the authors of SUPER DIAPER BABY, are back with their second epic novel! Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

Meet Ook and Gluk, the stars of this sensationally silly graphic novel from the creators of Captain Underpants! It's 500,001 BC, and Ook and Gluk's hometown of Caveland, Ohio, is under attack by an evil corporation from the future. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal Lily are pulled through a time portal to 2222, they discover a future world that's even more devastated than their own. Luckily, they find a friend in Master Wong, a martial arts instructor who trains them in the ways of kung fu. Now all they have to do is travel back in time 502,223 years and save the day!"

Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker [Scholastic, 2010 | Grades 3-6]

Publisher Description:
"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.

Missile Mouse, secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, is a risk taker and a rule breaker, which is why he's in hot water at GSA headquarters. Then RIP, the Rogue Imperium of Planets, kidnaps a scientist who knows about the Star Crusher, a doomsday machine capable of destroying the entire universe."

Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce [HarperCollins, 2010 | Grades 3-6]

Publisher Description:

"Big Nate will surpass all others!

But it won't be easy. He's stuck with Gina, his all time enemy, who just might ruin everything!

Will Nate win or lose? Pass or fail? Or end up in detention . . . again?"

The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney [Amulet, 2010 | Grades 4-8]

Publisher Description:

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be?

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth?"

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet Book 3) by Kazu Kibuishi [Scholastic, 2010 | Grades 3-7]

Publisher Description:
"Kazu Kibuishi's enchanting series about two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission continues!

In the third installment of the thrilling Amulet series, Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis, which is believed to be located on an island high above the clouds. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there's a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King's son, Trellis. But is he ally or enemy? And will Emily ever be able to trust the voice of the Amulet?"

Babymouse: Mad Scientist by Jennifer and Matthew Holm [Random House, 2011 | All grades]

Publisher Description:

"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 Babymouse: Mad Scientist! Mad Scientist 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]

Publisher Description:
"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]

Publisher Description:
"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.

But something is a little off about this special guest. And Coach Birkby, the gym teacher, mysteriously disappears the day of his visit.

What evil designs does this world-famous writer have on his agenda? Lunch Lady’s going to get to the bottom of it, even if she has to kick some bunny butt!"

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?

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch are hot on the trail . . . one brownie crumb at a time."


  1. No popular picture books? Maybe they need their own dedicated post? My daughter brings home both chapter books and picture books each week. She loves Baby Mouse but I'm not certain her school library carries that series! She also likes to check out the National Geographic magazines.

  2. @Brimful Curiosities - I had to know the top circulated E books, so I ran a report.

    10 - Shark vs. Train - 23 checkouts
    9 - My Friend is Sad - 25 checkouts
    8 - YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! - 27 checkouts
    7 - Scaredy Squirrel - 28 checkouts
    6 - Little Chicken's Big Day - 30 checkouts
    5 - Rhyming Dust Bunnies - 30 checkouts
    4- Knuffle Bunny Free - 34 checkouts
    3- Scaredy Squirrel at Night - 35 checkouts
    2-Duck Rabbit! 45 checkouts
    1-Today I Will Fly! 53 checkouts

  3. Fun blog post!

    At my school, there are 900 students in a K-8 setting, about half elementary and half middle school. We have multiple copies of most of these titles so I think that these totals include all copies. Extra copies of popular books were donated from our PTO-sponsored bookfairs as the year went on and some titles were used with book clubs and Battle of the Books programs.

    10. Scholastic Almanac 2011- 75 checkouts of 3 copies
    9. Ripley's Believe it or Not-Enter if you Dare-77 checkouts of 2 copies
    8. The Red Pyramid - 85 checkouts of 8 copies
    7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Ugly Truth - 95 checkouts of 8 copies
    6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal - 107 checkouts of 6 copies
    5. Cathing Fire - 110 checkouts of 8 copies
    4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw- 127 checkouts of 8 copies
    3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - 129 checkouts of 9 copies
    2. Hunger Games- 148 checkouts of 23 copies (6 currently lost)
    1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - 161 checkouts of 8 copies


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