The Top 10 Chapter Books of 2015: SRES Library

On the heels of my previous post on our most popular picture books, I bring you the top 10 chapter books circulated in our school library for 2015.

dragonet10. The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) by Tui T. Sutherland (2012)

Dragons are awesome. Who wouldn’t want to read a book (or a whole series) about them? Our 4th graders kept draggin’ these to the circulation desk.

9. Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes (2013)

This book was a hit at our Scholastic Book Fair.

terabithia8. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977)

This classic novel by Katherine Paterson continues to connect with our kids. Many are surprised by the ending. It is also on the regional Battle of the Books list.

minecraft7. Minecraft: Essential Handbook by Stephanie Milton (2013)

There is now an entire series of these Minecraft handbooks. The kids at our school are die-hard fans.


6. Rules by Cynthia Lord (2006)

Our school is lucky to have programs which integrate special needs students into the classroom. Rules is about 12 year old Katherine, a girl whose brother has autism and who makes a friend in a wheelchair with other special needs. This book is well-written and very popular with our students. Another title from the Battle list.

0-545-10795-45. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes (2009)

This novel about students whose parents serve in the military really hits home with many of our students. It is also a Battle title.

sisters4. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (2014)

Surprisingly, this book is equally popular with both girls and boys. Perhaps it is because it is a graphic novel? Road trip tale with a Colorado tie-in.

wonder3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (2013)

Wonder is a wonderful novel about a kid who doesn’t fit in. This book has been solidly flying off of our shelves for the past 2 years. Also a Battle title.

cabin2. Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6) by Jeff Kinney (2011)

There is no end in sight to the Wimpy Kid reign. Kids love this series!

1. Three Times Lucky (Tupelo Landing #1) by Sheila Turnage (2012)

A mystery story that reads like it was written for adults. This book was new to the Battle of the Books list this year and did not disappoint.

“This book was amazing. It was a fun and wild ride through a lot of imagination!!”
-Jessie, 5th grade


The Top 10 Picture Books of 2015: SRES Library

The school year has come to a close, and I am reflecting on the days we spent together in our K-5 elementary school library. I started wondering what the most popular books were that left our shelves. I bring you the top 10 Picture Books circulated at our school in 2015: not10. That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems (2013) A story with a crafty twist at the end. This book is a riot to read aloud with children. battle9. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers (2013) Clever idea for a story. The “original” book is called Birthday Bunny, but then a kid named Alex uses his creativity and drawing skills to change the story into something he finds more appealing. Check out this YouTube video that the illustrator made for more on his inspiration. You can also download and print blank Birthday Bunny pages for kids to create with. It’s no surprise that this book was a hit, especially with boy readers. tuesday8. Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991) This one surprised me until I remembered the lesson we did on wordless picture books. Tuesday is the book that first comes to my mind when I think of this genre. Genius and classic. Love the many ways you can use illustration to teach comprehension. house7. This House Needs a Mouse by C. Jeffrey Nunnally, illustrated by Tamara Brink (2014) Our school was fortunate to have the very talented author of this book visit us. He presented his work to captivated audiences in grades K-5, teaching a writer’s workshop lesson and tapping into the untold potential of ideas and words that live within us all.  If you are in Colorado and are looking for a wonderful author visit, let me know. chicken6. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (2010) I love to use this book with classes who struggle with interrupting, and then gently remind them not to be “Interrupting Chickens” during subsequent class times. pigeon5. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003) We simply can’t get enough of The Pigeon or his author, Mo Willems. This year we used the app on our iPad (Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App) and our students had a blast creating their own pigeon stories. dark4. The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (2013) Even younger kids want to check out books that seem scary. This one handles “scary” in a delicate, relatable way.  hungry3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969) I wasn’t expecting to see this make the list, but then again, it is Eric Carle. A fantastic classic story that kids love. nancy 2. Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (2007) Another book that had escaped my radar. The credit for this one appearing on our list goes to the girls in kindergarten.


1. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (2013)

The most popular picture book in our school library for 2015! This book, a series of resignation letters from crayons, is a lot of fun. Our students are not alone in their love for this book, it also won our state award this year.


coming soon – the most popular chapter books in 2015!