Lots of great books were checked out to our community in 2021. The top checkouts tended to be titles from the Illinois Readers Choice Awards (Caudills, Bluestems, and Monarchs). We also saw some serious circulation from the always popular Mo Willems and Jeff Kinney. Here are the most frequently checked-out books from the Youth Services department in 2021:

Picture Book:


SumoKitty by David Biedrzycki



Beginning Reader:


Happy Pig Day! By Mo Willems


Juvenile Chapter Book: it was a tie!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney 


Inkling by Kenneth Oppel


Teen Fiction:

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga


Graphic Novel:


Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol




 Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman




Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling




Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney


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Youth Services Librarian Allison