Top 20 Most Circulated K-5 Books | 2012-2013 School Year (Part 1/2)

Can you believe another school year is coming to a close? I cannot! 

The elementary school where I am a teacher-librarian has approximately 250 students. During the 2012-2013 school year, we circulated 30,878 books. Not too shabby,eh! 

 Over the next two days, I will share the twenty most circulated titles (August 19, 2012 - May 24, 2013). 

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

The winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal made the list. w00t! w00t!  w00t! 

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

 I'm happy to see that being a 2013 Bluestem Book Award nominee helped this hilarious book find a new group of readers. 

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech visited our school library in September. 

 I think the world's biggest Captain Underpants fan attends my school. He always brings his signed copy of Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers to the library to share his favorite parts.  

Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce

Let's Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems

I think the Elephant and Piggie series is the only one that is checked out regularly by all ages.  

Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer and Matthew Holm 

Today marks the release of Squish: Game On! Happy book birthday, Squish! I hope you eat a Twinkie. 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio 

I hope Wonder shows up on every  "Top 20 Most Circulated K-5 Books" list. 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

How much do I love that Wonder and The One and Only Ivan were checked out the same number of times? TO THE MOON AND BACK AGAIN 525,600 times! 


  1. So interesting, John. And what a great circulation you have for 250 kids!

  2. Those are some insane circ numbers, John! How many items are in your collection?

  3. Love, love, love 'Wonder' and '...Ivan'! So cool that they were checked out the exact same number of times. I read them on your recommendation, and now have recommended them to my kids' teachers and other parents (and kids) as well! Looking forward to reading some others on this list!


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