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Ottawa’s most borrowed library books in 2017—Teen fiction and children’s books

By Jessica Green on December 29, 2017

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and Apt613’s Librarian-in-Residence.

We’ve seen what the adults read, so now it’s time for the Children and Teen lists for the top reads of Ottawa.

Teen Fiction

1. Carve the MarkVeronica Roth
2. The Hate U GiveAngie Thomas
3. King's CageVictoria Aveyard
4. Lord of ShadowsCassandra Clare
5. 13 Reasons WhyJay Asher
6. The OutsidersSE Hinton
7. A Court of Wings and RuinSarah J. Maas
8. CaravalStephanie Garber
9. GeekerellaAshley Poston
10. Always and Forever, Lara JeanJenny Han

This was an interesting list as there are only four books that are not part of a series; those being The Hate U Give, 13 Reasons Why, The Outsiders and Geekerella. The rest of the titles are all parts of various series, mostly fantasy. I am glad to see The Hate U Give being one of the most popular as this is my personal pick for best teen read I found this year. I also highly recommend The Outsiders as it is the 50th anniversary since it came out in 1967, and it is still considered to be one of the best YA titles ever published.

Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction

1. Big Nate (Series)Lincoln Peirce
2. Lost in Time: The Fourth Journey Through TimeGeronimo Stilton
3. Bad Kitty Takes The TestNick Bruel
4. The Dark ProphecyRick Riordan
5. The Princess in Black Takes a VacationShannon Hale

I ended up combining all the Big Nate titles into the top read for children, as otherwise, we would not have seen any other titles! Geronimo Stilton is still a top choice as well, along with the series about the trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. The Bad Kitty and Princess in Black series are great fun.

1. Weird But True (Series)National Geographics Kids
2. Pokémon Visual CompanionSimcha Whitehill
3. 365 Things To Do With LEGO BricksSimon Hugo
4. Guinness Book of World Records
5. Just Joking Gross: 300 Hilarious and Disgusting Jokes, Tongue Twisters, Riddles and More!Rosie Goswell Pattison

For the nonfiction half of the list, there are no real surprises here as books about facts and records are always keenly sought out by kids, and neither Pokémon nor LEGO show any signs of becoming less popular.

Children’s Picture Books

1. BraidsRobert Munsch
2. Carson Crosses CanadaLinda Bailey
3. How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?Jane Yolen
4. Olivia The SpyIan Falconer
5. Dinosaur PiratesPenny Dale
6. Pete the Cat: Five Little DucksJames Dean
7. Mighty Mighty Construction SiteSherri Duskey Rinker
8. I Am Canada: A CelebrationHeather Patterson
9. Is That Wise, Pig?Jan Thomas
10. TriangleMac Barnett

This has a nice combination of well-known authors with new offerings plus some other great titles. There’s some great funny reads like Olivia the Spy, Is That Wise, Pig?, Triangle, and Braids as well as some titles about Canada, which is fitting for the sesquicentennial. Dinosaurs and construction sites are always popular, as well as Pete the Cat who takes on the Five Little Ducks song as only he can.

That wraps up the top picks as chosen by you, the public, at your local library. Don’t forget, membership is free and gives you access to all these picks and so much more. We’re looking forward to seeing you visit soon!