Top 20 of 2020

Part 3: Children’s Books

From picture books and graphic novels, to non-fiction and chapter books, here’s a list of the 20 most checked-out children’s books at TNRL!

20. The Good for Nothing Button by Mo Willems

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“Yellow Bird has found a button and wants to share it with Red Bird and Blue Bird. This is just an ordinary button. It does not do anything when you press it. But when Red Bird and Blue Bird give it try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something!”

19. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 7 : the third wheel by Jeff Kinney

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“A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down until an unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves his best friend Rowley the odd man out.”

18. Dog Man. Volume 6 : brawl of the wild by Dav Pilkey

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“When Dog Man is sent to the pound for a crime he didn’t commit, his friends work to prove his innocence.”

17. Diary of an awesome friendly kid : Rowley Jefferson’s journal by Jeff Kinney

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“In his first journal, middle schooler Rowley Jefferson, Greg Heffley’s sidekick, records his experiences and misguided decision to write a biography of Greg, who, in his own mind, is destined to become rich and famous.”

16. The King of Kazoo by Norman Feuti

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“Scatterbrained Cornelius, King of Kazoo, and his resourceful daughter, Bing, explore a mysterious cave at the top of Mount Kazoo. There they discover a famous alchemist named Quaf is planning a dangerous and forbidden experiment. Now Cornelius, Bing, and the brilliant royal inventor Torq must go all out to stop Quaf before his crazy undertaking threatens the entire kingdom.”

15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 5 : the ugly truth by Jeff Kinney

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“While trying to find a new best friend after feuding with Rowley, middle-school slacker Greg Heffley is warned by older family members that adolescence is a time to act more responsibly and to think seriously about his future.”

14. Guinness World Records. 2020

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“The world’s most popular record book is back with thousands of new categories and newly broken records, covering everything from outer space to sporting greats via Instagram, fidget spinners and all manner of human marvels. “

13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 4 : dog days by Jeff Kinney

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“In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother’s other ideas.”

12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 12 : the getaway by Jeff Kinney

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“Greg Heffley and his family escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation, but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation.”

11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 1 : Greg Heffley’s journal by Jeff Kinney

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“Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.”

10. The Sisters. 2 by Raina Telgemeier

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“A companion to the Eisner Award-winning Smile finds Raina’s disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents’ marriage.”

9. Dog Man. Volume 3 : a tale of two kitties by Dav Pilkey

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“Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn’t always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat’s dragged in a tiny bit of trouble– a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!”

8. I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems

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“Piggie really likes slop. She likes it so much, she wants Gerald to try some! But can Gerald find the courage to do it? Or will the smell alone be too much to handle?”

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 2 : Rodrick rules by Jeff Kinney

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“Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg’s most humiliating experience of the summer.”

6. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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“Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.”

5. I Will Take a Nap! : an Elephant & Piggie book by Mo Willems

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“Gerald is tired and cranky and wants to take a nap, but Piggie is not helping.”

4. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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“An autobiography in graphic novel format describes how the author lost two of her front teeth in an accident when she was twelve, and her subsequent struggles with various corrective dental techniques throughout adolescence.”

3. Garfield. Souped up, his 57th book by Jim Davis

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“Garfield shifts the laughs into overdrive in this latest collection of all-new comics. Whether he’s booting Nermal through the front door or battling Mrs. Feeny’s lawn gnome, the fat cat keeps the mischief and mayhem coming fast and furious. Let the wild ride begin!” 

2. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

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“Piggie is determined to thank everyone she knows, but Gerald thinks she will forget someone important.”

And Finally, the number 1 checked out children’s book is:

  1. Dog Man : unleashed. Volume 2 by Dav Pilkey
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“If only the Chief would throw Dog Man a bone every once in a while… Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime?”

Stay tuned to the blog for another upcoming list of Top 20 Titles!

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