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Good Reads - NY Public Library Top 10 Checkouts

16 September 2020
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In honor of it's 125th anniversary, the New York Public Library released a list of the top 10 most checked out titles - not surprisingly, many are appropriate for K-12 readers. Which ones have you missed?

  1. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
  2. First published in 1962. A beautfully illustrated child's tale of the magic of snow. A Caldecott Medal winner.

  3. The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
  4. First published in 1957. A first book for many children, based on amazing rhymes and with marvelous illustrations.

  5. 1984, by George Orwell
  6. First published in 1949. A dystopian novel read by most high school students, that some say is a timely read today.

  7. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
  8. First published in 1963. A beautifully illustrated, imaginative tale of Max and his adventures with the Wild Things. Caldecott Medal winner.

  9. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  10. First published in 1960. A story of race, prejudice, and justice in the Depression-era south, from a child's perspective. Pulitzer Prize winner.

  11. Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
  12. First published in 1952. An unforgettable story of the relationship between a pig and a spider.

  13. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  14. First published in 1953. A Sci-fi classic, presenting a dystopian story of a future where books are banned by a government fearing a thinking public.

  15. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
  16. First published in 1936. A clssic self-help book.

  17. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling
  18. First published in 1998. The first book in an epic series about a boy wizard and his friends and their fight against evil.

  19. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  20. First published in 1969. A beautifully illustrated favorite for parents reading to young children.

(Honorable Mention) Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. First published in 1947. The perfect read-along book for parents and children, utilizing rhyme, illustrations, and a hidden figure to engage. The Library notes that this book might belong at the top of the list, were it not for an early librarian who refused to add the book to the collection until 1972.

Please note that if you purchase one of these books from a link above, SuperKids may receive a small commission from Amazon, but it does not impact the price you pay.

Bottom-line: These are all winners.

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