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The Most Checked-Out Children's Books At Johnson County Libraries

In recent years, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games  and Twilight series have been favorites among young readers. However, a survey of the most frequently checked out books at the Johnson County libraries also includes classics from decades past.

In advance of this week's visit from the Johnson County librarians on Up to Date, we bring you the titles that have the highest historical circulation rate among the libraries' younger patrons. The time period that check-out rate data has been collected varies book to book, each record begins when the book was first entered into the library database. 

Most popular teen books:

1. The Giver
2. Mockingjay
3. The Hunger Games
4. Ender's Game
5. The Outsiders
6. Catching Fire
7. The Book Thief
8. Holes
9. Speak
10. Stormbreaker

Some of the most popular juvenile books have remained favorites for decades.

Most popular juvenile books: 

1. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone 
2. Little House In The Big Woods 
3. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire 
4. Charlotte's Web 
5. A Light In The Attic 
6. Junie B. Jones And A Little Monkey Business 
7. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince 
8. Junie B. Jones And The Stupid Smelly Bus 
9. A Wrinkle In Time 
10. Junie B. Jones Has A Monster Under Her Bed

Many of the most frequently checked-out picture books employ animals as their main character.

Most popular picture books:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
2. Where the Wild Things Are
3. Green Eggs and Ham
4. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
5. The Cat In The Hat
6. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
7. Inside, Outside, Upside Down
8. Bears In The Night
9. Curious George
10. Arthur's Halloween

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