Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Best of 2014 - According to Your Kids!

Starting as early as October, I usually begin to see "Best of" lists, reporting what the most popular children's books of the year were. There are lists by sales, lists by bloggers, lists by publishers, lists by librarians..... Then those lists soon morph into lists of contenders for the upcoming awards season (and as I've stated before here, I'm not all that great at picking the winners!)
So the other day, I asked Ms. Patty if she could work her magic and come up with some statistics for me of what the most popular children's items at RML were this past year*. (I know - why didn't I think of this sooner?) We can always tell you what is popular and what goes out a lot, but to see it on paper in an official report was kind of fun. There weren't too many shockers on the list - this list and the short list for the Newbery and Caldecott awards aren't going to intersect much. But to confirm what Marlborough kids loved best is it's own reward!
*(We based the list on number of times the item circulated. Obviously, the items released and added to the collection earlier in the year had more of a chance to circulate, so I'm giving you a few extras if possible. I never said this was rocket science!)

Picture Books
The Pigeon Needs A Bath by Mo Willems
Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
 Nest by Jorey Hurley

When Elephant Met Giraffe by Paul Gude
How to Babysit A Grandma by Jean Reagan
Odd One Out: a spotting book by Britta Teckentrup

Easy Readers
 Fancy Nancy: just my luck by Jane O'Connor

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Bunny Double, We're in Trouble! by Dan Gutman

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

J Fiction
High Time for Heroes (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne
The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Win or Lose by Alex Morgan
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Lego Adventure Book: spaceships, pirates, dragons & more! 

Jaguars by Vicky Franchino
Connecticut by Zachary Kent
ProjectKid: 100 ingenious crafts for family fun by Amanda Kingloff

Lego: Legends of Chima
The Lego Movie
Strawberry Shortcake: berry big help
Lego Star Wars: the Yoda Chronicles