Out in the adult world, when people learn that I work with children and teens in a public library, they often ask: Do kids still read books? They do in Everett! During our annual two-month long summer reading program, more than 2,400 readers registered for the program this summer, and checked out almost 100,000 items. Most of those items were books. Check out these numbers:
18,070 Juvenile fiction books (for elementary school-aged readers)
14,244 Picture books (for approximately ages 0-8)
11,731 Easy Readers (for Kindergadeners-2nd graders learning to read on their own)
10,131 Juvenile and Young Adult non-fiction books
9,727 Juvenile and Young Adult graphic novels (book-length comics)
8,919 Young Adult fiction books (for middle and high-school readers)
By far, the most frequently checked out book for elementary-aged readers was the fifth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney. Our library owns 40 copies of that book, which have been checked out a combined total of 498 times. See, Everett kids DO read books!
For younger kids, Goldilicious by Victoria Kann was the leading popular picture book. Barbie in a Mermaid Tale by Christy Webster and Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold were the highest circulating books in the Easy Reader category.
In young adult non-fiction, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer was the most popular title. For younger kids Star Wars, the Clone Wars : Visual Guide : Ultimate Battles by Jason Fry was the juvenile non-fiction title in greatest demand.
Graphic novels, also known as book-length comics, are also extremely popular. The twelfth installment in the children’s graphic novel series by Jennifer Holm, Babymouse Burns Rubber, was the most popular children’s graphic novel this summer. For teens, Maximum Ride 02 by NaRae Lee was the highest circulating graphic novel. It ties in with the popular teen fiction series by James Patterson.
In teen fiction, the Hunger Games series continues to prove that even the most reluctant teens will read if they get their hands on the right book. The second book in that series, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, took the lead as the most popular teen book this summer.
New items are added to our collection on an ongoing basis and fall is the time when publishers launch the most new books. This fall’s new releases will be next summer’s hot titles, so be ahead of the curve and check out all the new things coming in now. For suggestions on what to read next, feel free to ask one of our librarians for recommendations.