It’s that time of year when we can take a moment to look back on our experiences of the past year and look forward to what’s to come in the new year. I decided to take a look back on what our young readers checked out the most this past year. Books from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series were the top six circulating titles from our children’s fiction collection. This series has maintained its popularity for over a decade now! The series follows a boy named Greg as he records his humorous experiences with middle school in his journal. Comical illustrations accompany his daily journal entries in this series that now includes 15 books. For fans of this series who may be looking for a new-to-you series for the new year, I’ve created a list for you all to check out below. I’ve included our catalog summaries of the first book of the series with each recommendation. Be sure to click the links below to request your copy through our catalog!
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
“Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporizer and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favorite flavored marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you’re hungry. Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn’t for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, a sea monsters pretending to be mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles!” Take a look at the rest of The Treehouse series here.
Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
“Imaginative Omar goes through the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends with the help of his wonderful (and silly) Muslim family”– Provided by publisher. Take a look at the rest of the Planet Omar series here.
Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
“Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.” Take a look at the rest of the Big Nate series here.
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell
“Questioning his resolve to attend public school after being homeschooled when he is targeted by a bully, Max aspires to become like his favorite comic book heroes and finds an unexpected opportunity to be the hero his middle school needs.” Take a look at the rest of the Misadventures of Max Crumbly series here.
Dog Diaries by James Patterson
“When the evil Mrs. Stricker threatens to send Junior, Rafe Khatchadorian’s dog, back to the pound, Junior and Rafe go to obedience school to learn how to follow the rules.” Take a look at the rest of the Dog Diaries series here.
The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey
“An oral history that reports, through transcribed recordings, text messages, photographs, illustrations, screenshots, and more, an epic prank war between twelve-year-old twins Reese and Claudia Tapper of New York City.” Take a look at the rest of the Tapper Twins series here.
Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
“Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.” Take a look at the rest of the Timmy Failure series here.