Library Books

What do you think are the most checked-out books from your school or local library?

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  1. Many of the books on the list are books I have read. The question is not whether I have read the books rather whether I have not read them. I read a lot. The books on the list which I have not read are “The Snowy Day”, and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” The rest of the books on the list I have read. I usually don’t check out books from the library, because in my house I have a lot of books, many of them I still haven’t read, but by far, my favorite books are “1984”, “The Giver”, “Ender’s Game”, and “Animal Farm”.

  2. @Manav Jha It really depends on what books many people read. I've only read a few of the books listed. Out of the top 10 books that were shown in the article, I think that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone might be one of the top books that are being checked out. I’ve only started reading it in fifth grade, where for once my school actually has its own library. Right now, as I see other kids from the lower grades, like fifth and sixth graders in the hallways at our school, I see many of them reading the Harry Potter series. I’ve only started to read it when my mom was talking about the books she read when she was little and Harry Potter came up, and everyone would start to read it. The first book is always the most popular because everyone would want to start the series and after reading the first book, readers would decide if they like the book or not in order to keep on reading the rest of the series.

  3. @Manav Jha Books are italicized, not put in quotations. Poems, articles, short stories, or chapters are put into quotations.

  4. @Manav Jha I find that there are many similarities in our choice of books, as I have also not read "The Snowy Day" or "How to Win Friends and Influence People". But just because we do not read these types of books does not mean we shouldn't "expand our horizons". For all we know, these books could teach us a lesson we did not know before, or even just give us a good story to read. I find it similar to eating foods. A food out there may be your favorite, but you'll never know until you try it.

  5. I think that the number one book being checked at my school is probably the “the snowy day” book Because the library near my house is mostly visited my little kids and lots of schools get like a field trip there and so I’d probably think that the children's books would already have an advantage, and “the snowy day” was and always will be one of my favorite childhood books so that’s why I’d think it’d be number one book checked out.

  6. A lot of most libraries’ frequenters are in fact children or teens so, books targeting that age group are probably the most popular in many libraries. For me, personally, I tend to have less and less drive to go to the library as I age, often buying my own books or thrifting them. I think that's because the older you get, the less encouragement you get from your school to go. When you are an adult, you are hardly ever encouraged to go, so you simply don't. When you are a little kid, you are told by elders to be a reader and to seek education outside of school. When you are an older kid, you are told to focus completely on schooling and that school is your chance at a future. It is unfortunate, yes, but that is just how we are taught.

  7. I feel as though these books made up my childhood. As a young child, I would often read The Cat in the Hat, Goodnightmoon, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These books used to be my favorite, and I would read them every night as I went to bed. But I still read some of these books now. Some of my favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Fahrenheit 451. Now, however, I feel as though the library's ( and reading in general) is becoming less and less common. This has to do with modern technology. Kindle’s are slowly replacing library’s and any of my friends would rather play on their xbox instead of reading a book. This is slowly changing the world, from an “ old fashioned” society to a modern civilization. Whether this is good or bad is yet to be determined, but the statistics are showing a decline in the amount of kids and teenagers reading.

  8. @Nick Doleschel Our lives growing up are very similar. I have read the same books. The books on the list that you like, I also enjoyed reading those books

  9. Out of the top 10 books that were shown in the article, I think that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone might be one of the top books that are being checked out. I’ve only started reading it in fifth grade, where for once my school actually has its own library. Right now, as I see other kids from the lower grades, like fifth and sixth graders in the hallways at our school, I see many of them reading the Harry Potter series. I’ve only started to read it when my mom was talking about the books she read when she was little and Harry Potter came up, and everyone would start to read it. The first book is always the most popular because everyone would want to start the series and after reading the first book, readers would decide if they like the book or not in order to keep on reading the rest of the series.

  10. I think that most of the books in the Harry Potter series would definitely be in a list for one of the most checked out books for my school library. It’s a well-written book that’s extremely well known because so many people have already read it and liked it. I personally check books out from the library around maybe once every one or two weeks. I’ll just check out maybe seven to ten books at a time, so during the time between checking out books, I’ll always have something to read.

  11. I’ve read a lot of the books shown above like The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, etc. and I think that the most checked out books in my school’s library are the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series or The Land of Stories. It might be because these books are very well known, and lots of kids like fiction so they might read them. Word spreads, so after one kid reads it, maybe he/she’ll tell another kid to read it and it goes on and on.

  12. I’ve read almost all those books and almost all of them remind me of when I was really little. Snowy Day for example reminds me of my all time favorite teacher Miss Bartholomew who was the first person I can remember reading that book to me. Or The Cat in the Hat one of my all time favorites as a kid. Then there is a book like Harry Potter which I think redefined literature for me. I don’t usually check out library books because I like to collect books, my parents will occasionally call my bedroom a “library”. But, when I do I usually check out something I never would have read in the first place. My all time most checked out list would be almost anything by James Patterson. He is probably my favorite author especially with his I Funny series, which was my favorite a few years ago and is still topping my list of favorites. I think that these books by James Patterson are some of the most checked out at my school library along with other books like Frozen Charlotte which I read once and only during the day or almost any of the Rick Riordan books; especially checked out by the fifth graders.

  13. I think right now my “checked out list” would have quite a few fictional and historical fiction books. Harry Potter is included on it, the Spy School books by Stuart Gibbs would be on there, and also many books about wars throughout the world. Books by Alan Gratz like Projekt 1065 and Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I like to read books like this because they have true parts that are a part of our history but they are not just facts like in a nonfiction book. Most of the books that showed up in the top ten checked out books of New York City are books that I have read either as a kid having it read to me, or having read it recently. Some of the books on the list though are books that I have never even heard of. One of the books on the list that I have read over and over again, is Charlotte’s Web. This was one book that when I was younger I probably read it 20 times. I guess that what really appealed to me is the abnormality of it with all of the animals talking. I guess it was just so weird that it took me a while to wrap my head around it

  14. The most checked out books in my school’s library are probably the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and graphic novels like El Defo and Sunny Side Up. These books are fun and short reads, so students are more likely to check these books out at will. I see other books like Wonder, Blackbird Fly, and titles by Rick Riordan checked out very frequently. I personally have never been into fantasy, but I see the appeal and many kids at my school like that genre of books. Schools force us to read books like Wonder and Stargirl, but they are sweet and genuinely moving. The characters in those books are also relatable and the book takes place in a school setting. Note: I cannot italicize inside this comment :|

  15. I think it’s interesting how the most checked out books on this list in this list that are closer to number 1 tend to be children’s books. I think this shows how libraries are used much more when kids are younger. The older you get the more stuff you have to do and the less time you have to just read for entertainment. Kids might also start getting books from other places as they get older. For example, kids may borrow books from their friends or buy their hardcopy of the book instead of checking it out. There are a few books on this list that I want to read, one of them being Farignhight 451. I want to read this book because I know many people who have read this and strongly recommended it. The plot is also very interesting to me. I think its really interesting how the plot of burning books/the importance of books and knowledge is written in a book. I think that most books at my library are checked out by kids who are 10-year-olds and younger because all of the kids who are older than that who I know either use their school library or buy the book.

  16. I've read most of these books except for "Fahrenheit 451", 'To Kill A Mockingbird", "Nineteen Eighty-Four," and "How To Win Friends and Influence People". I think the most checked-out books in our school or local library are or probably books by Rick Riordan. He's a popular author and the theme of gods or demi-gods is popular with children. These books are popular because of children as they are encouraged to read by parents and schools and libraries have sections for young people as a children/teens section. The genre with the most books checked out, in my opinion, is fantasy/science fiction or mystery/thriller. I chose those because thrillers are so interesting to read and science fiction introduces people to a new world that could be the future of our current world with the new developing technologies. As for fantasy, I think it's popular because of how it introduces a new world to the reader. For example, Harry Potter and Lord of The Ring is very popular and are both fantasy type books.

  17. Out of the most checked out books, I’ve read 6 of them. As of right now, the only reading I do is the stuff that’s assigned to me by teachers. I know I should do more reading, but I usually don’t have time or don’t find any books that grab my attention. When I’m at the library, I go straight to the graphic novel section. I like all drawings and how I can really see the text convened into art. Once, I was on my way home from school and I was reading a Babysitters Club- Kristy’s Big Day graphic novel. When I turned the page, I was amazed at how beautiful the art spread looked. The two pages all fit together and were very aesthetically pleasing. I sat there for about 5 minutes just enjoying the work.

  18. From my school's library, I believe that the most checked out books are books in the fiction and realistic fiction genre because those are the books that I see people reading in and out of the library. I believe it is chosen the most because I imagine that it is most people’s preference and what people in my school enjoy reading. I also believe that it is the age of the reader because I usually see people in the middle school reading those genres, but in the higher grades I haven’t seen them much but I would think that it would be in the “young adults” section of the library. When it comes to how often I check out books, I usually don’t use the school library that much except for things like work, but I rarely pick out books which I should do more since there is a large selection of books to read.

  19. I have read many of these books, mostly the ones that are picture books. It surprised me that a lot of the books were not adult books, they were for young children. But as I think about it, I can see why. Parents love bringing their young children to libraries to read books to them. I am also not surprised that the Harry Potter books made the list because they are a very good series that many people have read. Some favorite books in my house are The Giver, The Children of Blood and Bone, and the Harry Potter series.

  20. I have read some of the books I have read The Snowy Day, Goodnight Moon, The Cat In The Hat, Where The Wild Things Are, Charlotte's Web, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Most of them I read when I was younger because I loved reading when I was very little and as I grew older I didn’t grow out of it I just lost the time to actually sit down and read a book for a few hours, but sometimes I wish I could go back to those times.

  21. I think that it is very interesting to know the most checked out books in the New York Library over the last 125 years. For me to really get a sense of why these are the most checked out books I have some more questions to ask. 1.)How many adults live in this area? How many kids? 2.)What are some of the most checked out books in the world over the last 125 years? Does the library carry these books? 3.)How many copies of these books does the library have? Is this more or less than the number of other popular books this library carries. 4.)Does the library advertise some of these books or authors more than they do for other books or authors? 5.)Has the number of books checked out decreased over recent years because of access to online sources? If so, does that mean that these are only the most popular books from the pre-internet era?

  22. My family has a lot of books at home, and I am not into reading so I don’t go to the library often. But I would have to say when I went to the library as a little kid I always got Dr. Seuss books. My library had a whole shelf of Dr. Seuss books and I used to take about five and when I got home I would read them. Probably my top five Dr. Seuss books would be: the Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Fox in Sox. Other books that I have checked out recently are the: Golden Compass series, the Hunger games, and the Lord of the Rings.

  23. I have read all of the books except for Nineteen Eighty-Four, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and How to Win Friends and Influence People. I usually try to check out books at least once a week, but recently I’ve been reading the books I got for Christmas, so I haven’t checked out as many books from the library. I have never checked out a book more than once because if I didn’t finish it before the due date, I probably either didn’t like the book, or it had way too long of a start, so I wouldn’t like it either.

  24. I have read most of these books. The ones that I have read are: Goodnight Moon, The Snowy Day, The Cat In the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, Charlotte's Web, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I don’t really check out books from the library at all. Reading has never really been my thing. I have checked out library books if I had to do research for a school project, or something like that.

  25. I find it very interesting how most of these top books are children's books since most likely it is not even the child checking the book out themself, but more of the parent checking out the book for the child to read. Personally, I have read all of these books except for “1984”, “Fahrenheit 451”, and “How to win friends and influence people.” I usually do not check out books from the library just because I’d rather own the book than just borrow it, but if I were to do a list of my most-read books, Harry Potter would most likely be on top.

  26. When I was younger, particularly the age of six, I thoroughly enjoyed going to the library that was within walking distance from my house. I had little to no responsibility, and henceforth holding responsibility for public books was not a worry to me. However, I feel that now my life is somewhat chaotic, and I could easily forget about a book, and forget about returning it. Unfortunately, the last time I regularly visited the library was probably when I was eight. Unless I am obligated to use a physical resource that must be obtained from a library for an essay, and with e-books making reading more books at once way easier, it is likely I may never go to a public library again.

  27. I have read almost all of these books. This includes The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Moon, all of which I have read as a young child. I read Charlotte’s Web and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was older. Books that I read when I was younger helped increase my interest in reading later on in my life. I read a lot when I was younger, and I think that is why I am such a curious person now. Some of my favorite books are the Harry Potter series, and it is nice to see that other people love it as much as I do.

  28. I have read three of the books shown and I plan to also read “Charlotte’s Web” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the near future. I don’t know the most popular materials in my local libraries because the books I usually check out either have not ever been checked out or have not been so in a couple of months. I check out books from the school library every few weeks and my most checked out books were “The Complete I Ching” by Alfred Huang, “The Hobbit” by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms” by the Chinese writer Luo Guan-Zhong.

  29. I have read a lot of the famous books on this list, such as Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and lots more. I never check books out from the library at my school. This is because I am not much of a reader. Many teachers get extremely offended if you tell them that you “don’t read”; so I am saying that reading is not one of my hobbies. I haven’t checked out a book from the school’s library since 2018, and that was because my teachers forced us to. My school offers a very advanced library with thousands of books and a computer lab. I should be taking advantage of how many books on a single topic I could use for a project or test. However, libraries are starting to become digitalized (in a way). Databases are now open to my school. E-books, or e-readers, let you take lots of books with you on a tablet. Search engines let you find information in a couple of seconds, rather than going to a library, checking out a book, and having to flip through the whole thing to answer one question. Technology is on the rise, and it is moving fast, leading me to believe that libraries won’t have as many people coming in and out of their doors. Fiction books, on the other hand, are different because you’d need to buy them online. But like I said, reading isn’t something I do much, so I don’t check out fiction books (or any books).

  30. I believe that in my current school, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the most checked out book. This book is part of a great series and many kids start reading it (or rereading it) in 5th grade. Also, our school starts with fifth grade and goes higher so some of the other books are too childish.

  31. 1/2 I think that some of the most checked out books in my school library include popular series for middle schoolers, like Harry Potter, and the Rick Riordan world. I think the runner-ups are books that are handed out by a teacher, and then are lost by students. Instead of telling the teacher that they lost their book they go to the library and check it out. In my experience the high schoolers at Masterman fall into two categories: the ones who care about school and do extra-curricular activities (the minority), and those who don’t care at all about school and grades and just want to hang out with their friends (the majority). Because not as many high-schoolers visit the library, I think that the books that are so popular are popular because middle schoolers share good books that they read, or share their favorite series with their friends, who share them with their friends, and the books keep spreading.

  32. 2/2 I visit the Free Library irregularly, but when I do visit I’ll check out around 15-20 books (I’m not exaggerating). I visit the school library library more frequently and check out 3-4 books at a time. The issue I have with going to the library is that pretty much every room in my house has at least one bookshelf, and my parents will move any books I leave on the table to a bookshelf somewhere in the house. I get worried every time I go to the library that I’m going to lose one of my books. I think that some books on my most checked out list would include the Rick Riordan series, The Lunar Chronicles, and the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

  33. @Sadie Krumrine That's what I do too! I check out at least 6 or 7, usually upwards from that, but I never get through them! I have a specific shelf that I have for books that I have borrowed, and some of them have sat there for a while. I'm an avid reader, but I never seem to find the time to get through all before they are due. I check out from the public library more often for the very reason you have stated- I'm afraid I'm going to forget or lose one of the books! I know all the librarians at my local library very well, so I am less afraid to return with fees there than to return with fees to my school library.

  34. .I have read seven of the most checked out books in the New York Public Library. All of the picture books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Charlotte’s Web. I want to read the other books on the list eventually because they are incredibly famous. I think the most checked out books at most public libraries are often picture books because lots of young children visit the library and enjoy repeatedly checking out one book. Other books that readers usually check out are classics like To Kill a Mocking Bird and books that students have had to read for class. I have not been to my local library in years because I have never needed to. I read books but not avidly. I rely mostly on my school’s library for books. It is more convenient, and there are no fines for overdue books.

  35. @Cyrus Fisher I 100 percent agree with the fact that children are reading books repeatedly I did the same things. I personally did that because it would bring back memories and I felt good actually being able to read a book by myself. I felt accomplished and intelligent because I could do something on my own.

  36. (2/2) I go to the library pretty frequently, and I always come home with a pile of books that I never end up reading. My problem is that I stick to my old favorites and disregard reading new ones (hence why 1984 is probably one of my most checked out books despite never reading it). As for my list of most checked out books, you’d probably have to go and talk to my middle school librarian. (I don’t check as many books out from the high school library since I am so afraid of forgetting to renew them, and it’s not the same one that I check out.) I doubt she can name a time when I wasn’t carrying a book written by Tolkien in my hands. I didn’t own copies of them until the end of seventh grade, but even then I would still check them out. Between the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, I could probably not say which got checked out the most. I bet the Silmarillion would make my most frequently checked out in high school list as well.

  37. (1/2) I have read and loved all of the books on the list, with the exception of 1984 (been on my to-read list for ages) and How to Win Friends and Influence People. Two of my favorite books are on that list- Harry Potter and Fahrenheit 451- and I would be hard-pressed to choose between the two! My school library’s most checked out books are probably Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and any Rick Riordan book. These series are all so popular that even people who don’t read much have checked them out. The author’s writing style in the latter two is quick-paced, and Rick Riordan’s books are filled with snarky teens and pop culture references, so even though they are centered around ancient mythology, they still feel very relevant to today’s world. In all three, though, it is the characters that carry the plots- it is the connection that they have established with the readers that make them the most beloved.

  38. I have read most of the books listed by the New York Public Library and some of them I read for my past English classes such as Fahrenheit 451 and To Kill A Mockingbird. While there were books I read during my youth as entertainment such as Snowy Day and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The books I read when I was little helped me with my reading and I began to read more books that sparked my interest, such as the Percy Jackson books. When I first read To Kill A Mockingbird, I felt as if I entered a new path to reading and wanted more, which I still dive into new books that are interesting and dark. My school has all of those books listed by the New York Public Library and I always seem to dive back in the Percy Jackson books because it is more than just a book, it’s a learning experience, learning all about Greek mythology.

  39. I think the most checked out book is the false prince 👑

  40. I have read 8 of the 10 most checked-out books in history. From my middle school I believe the most checked out book was probably the, “Harry Potter.”do to the fact that it was a decently big book and it took some time and it had a lot of interest in a lot of ways. I personally don’t check-out books often because I perfect my books from home but I would say my most checked out would be in cold blood if it is in the library. I also read a lot about World War 2 so a lot of books about that.

  41. I have read most of the books on the list, and I think that the most-checked out books from my local/school library are very similiar to the ones on this list.

  42. i have read most of the books on the list and i think these are pretty acurite to say these are the most cheeked out

  43. I agree with almost every book on this list because I because I have read atleast 5 of these books. And the books on the list have a good range of books for kids and books for adults.

  44. i agree with this list because these are very well known books and i have read almost all of them