The chapter books, as they’re often called, are the first thing you see when walking in our library. Shelves line the walls. Series sit off to one side. Sasquatch and OTTER Award titles are shown face-out on mobile carts and the circ desk. And we have multiple copies of state award nominees. These are our Top 10 Fiction from 2016.
10. Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
What kid doesn’t like a story called Rump? Or, for that matter, what adult? This was loved by many book groups this year. A 2016 Sasquatch nominee.
TIE 8. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Slightly scary and spooky = solid hit. With many high level readers in our building, this was huge among 4th and 5th graders. A 2016 Sasquatch nominee.
TIE 8. The Popularity Papers #2 by Amy Ignatow
No Wimpy Kid on this list…because most of my students own them. Popularity Papers, though, is the perfect read for fans of the series.
7. The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett
Fact: I hand this book out to every kid I can. It’s funny. Clever. A perfect 8-12 read. Plus, Mac Barnett is one heck of a guy.
6. Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Yet another 2016 Sasquatch nominee. One of the smartest fantasies of the last couple of years…and the students agreed.
5. The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley
Never would I have imagined this to be in the top 10…but tons of 3rd graders read and loved it. Or it could be the gnome on the cover. Gnomes are cool. A 2016 Sasquatch nominee.
4. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Behold, the mighty Princess in Black! She slays the top five with the first book in her series. (Also: tons of boys love PiB. LOVE THIS!) An OTTER Award nominee.
3. Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
The winner of the 2016 Sasquatch Award for WA State, this Star Wars spoof was in the right place at the right time. New Force Awakens movie = new generation primed for Star Wars everything. And this book delivered.
2. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
“Page 32 will make you want to throw this book.” That’s part of my booktalk, and a huge part of why so many students read up to page 32, then couldn’t put it down. A 2016 Sasquatch nominee.
This ninja-bunny slayed the year with over 100 circulations. The bold cover, short stories, and numerous illustrations made it a favorite of students from K to 5. An OTTER Award nominee (and winner)!
Fore more Top 10 in 2016:
2016 Top 10 Graphic Novels