Most popular children’s books in Nottinghamshire is revealed

AS libraries across Nottinghamshire gear up for National Libraries Day on 4th February, a list of some of the most sought after books for children has been revealed.

County librarians have been able to indicate some of the most borrowed children’s books across the 60 libraries managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, resulting in a top five popular books for children.

These are:

Board Books (age 0 to 5) – the Kipper the Dog series, by Mick Inkpen

Picture Books (ages 0 to 7) - The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

Younger children’s fiction (7-9) Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Older children’s fiction (9 - 12) Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Teen fiction - The Simpsons or titles by Darren Shan.

Andrea Lowe, Principal Librarian for Children and Community Services, said: “There are no real surprises in this list. It is based on the calibre and reputation of the authors concerned and their past successes.

“However, it is always good to be able to promote the value of books to young audiences, and the forthcoming National Libraries Day will present another opportunity to celebrate books.”

National Libraries Day is planned as an annual event devoted to all kinds of libraries, involving public, school, university and national libraries. It is planned as a nationwide celebration of libraries in all sectors, and Nottinghamshire County Council will mark the campaign with a series of events promoting the 60 libraries in the county.

The campaign is being co-ordinated by CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and other partners include the Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and the Women’s Institute through its Love Your Libraries Campaign.