What the Kids Read in 2014….

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For my final post of 2014, I am turning my attention to what the kids read this year. Admittedly, a very specific group of kids (Inly students), but a relatively good sample of books that suburban kids between the ages of 5 and 12 were checking out. So no more about what I’m reading – let’s look at the stats:

Here are the books that were checked out most often during the past year –

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale (a graphic novel that has cast a serious spell on our students. We have two copies and they are always gone. A re-telling of the fairy tale with a Wild West setting)

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Wonder by R.J. Palaccio (No surprise – each time a student stops by to tell me how much they loved Wonder, I encourage them to read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.)

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Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart (one of the popular Who Was series – this was checked out every time a family was planning a trip to Disney World!)

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Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey (an adventurous story about an action hero)

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Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake by James Mayhew

Ella Bella and The Nutcracker by James Mayhew

Ella Bella and the Sleeping Beauty by James Mayhew (As soon as a child checks one of these books out, I know exactly what they will ask for during their next two library visits!)

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A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems (the next five books on this list are all part of the Elephant and Piggie series. We have a shelf devoted to Mo Willems – which includes every book he has written, but….somehow the shelf is often empty.)

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After many Elephant and Piggie books, the next few titles on the list are by the same author, but feature a different character – the Pigeon!

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The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale (A late entry to the library collection, but as soon as it arrived this fall, the book had a waiting list. I love this early chapter book and my fingers are crossed that there will be many more entries. Colorful illustrations and a princess who is actually a superhero!)

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Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo (the whole series is popular – even kids who tell me they “don’t like anything,” are likely to reconsider after we read a few pages of Bink and Gollie.)

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Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne (The reliable series is perfect for newly independent readers. The only problem is that many of our students refuse to read them out of numerical order so back-ups and frustration occur. After particularly tearful encounters, I stop at the bookstore on the way home to replace the missing entry and restore peace in the library!)

A few pictures to close the year….

Driving around Scituate the other day, I saw this awesome Christmas tree – and pulled over to take a picture. There were no trees made of lobster traps and buoys when I was growing up in Dayton, Ohio!

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This gingerbread house is in the window of Cardullo’s gourmet grocery shop in Harvard Square. We walked by at night and it was magical!

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And finally….a picture I took in the Library last week during the final classroom visit of 2014. Clearly, these three girls thought I was ready for a break and took matters into their own hands….

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Lots more reading and blogging ahead in 2015 – Happy New Year!

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