One of the blogs I follow faithfully is Lauri Fortino‘s Frog on a (B)log, a terrific blog that celebrates picture books. Her post last week about the Top 15 Circulating Picture Books of 2015 at her local library inspired me to reach out to my local library to see if I could get similar data.
Our lovely Children’s Librarian, Lauren Antolino, was happy to oblige. Once she had the results, she gathered as many of the top ten circulating picture books as she could so I could snap this picture. If you count, you’ll see that one is missing. That’s because, you guessed it, all copies of Mo Willem’s Knuffle Bunny are currently checked out!
I was curious if there would be any overlap between Lauri’s list of top circulating picture books and ours. Interestingly, not a single book is on both lists. When I asked Lauren what she thought the greatest factor in obtaining “top ten” status was, she said the number of copies the library owns. Books with multiple copies make it possible for several to be checked out at once and for one to be available at the library for little browsers (i.e. our children) to discover. Thus they get checked out more.
Without further ado here are the picture books that circulated the most in 2015 at the Cranford Public Library:
1. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
2. Rainbow fish to the rescue! by Marcus Pfister
3. Look and Find Disney Princess
4. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
5. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
6. That is not a good idea! By Mo Willems
7. Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
8. I Spy Spooky Night by Jean Marzollo
9. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
10. Can you see what I see? On a scary, scary night by Walter Wick
I also learned that one of my books made the top 25! Goodnight, Ark is tied for 22nd most circulated picture book, along with The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt.
Happy reading all!