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Norfolk’s most popular children’s books

Two hugely popular and very funny book series – the Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid titles from Jeff Kinney – dominate a list of the most borrowed books from Norfolk Libraries.

Our friends at Norfolk Libraries compiled the figures for Get Norfolk Reading, based on borrowing from their children’s libraries over a 3 month period.

Top 10 books (most borrowed) by children aged 5 to 9

  1. Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly) by Liz Pichon
  2. Minecraft Redstone Handbook
  3. Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky by Liz Pichon
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
  5. Pokemon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka
  6. Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic by Liz Pichon
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
  8. Tom Gates: Yes! No. (Maybe…) by Liz Pichon
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
  10. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon  

Older children love these titles too

Borrowing figures for 10 to 15 year olds reveal that older readers enjoy Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid just as much.  In fact, 9 out of the top 10 titles for this age group were either Liz Pichon or Jeff Kinney titles!  The only non Pichon/Kinney book in the list was The Midnight Gang by David Walliams.  

Wayland Junior Academy pupils’ views

We caught up with some of the pupils at Wayland Junior Academy Watton and asked for their views on Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Midnight Gang.  Here are some of their comments:

Tom Gates

Rocco says about the Tom Gates books, “They are my favourite books.  I’m reading A Tiny Bit Lucky and I’ve read Absolutely Fantastic.  They are really easy and the pictures are really big and really small and in one of them you have to look for monsters around the pages.”

Jessica: “Tom Gates is really funny when he reacts to his mum, and dad and sister.”

Lewis: “I’ve read every single Tom Gates book apart from the latest one.  Some of the books are really funny and they are really cool to read.”

Eden: “I just like all of the doodles and the Dog Zombies band.  I’ve got the album of his music.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Rocco and Lewis are also fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Rocco says, “They are really cool.  There are lines on the page and it’s like it’s a real diary, although actually it’s a journal.  It says that right at the beginning.” 

“I really enjoy reading them because they are really funny and they are easier to read than any other book in my opinion,” adds Lewis.

The Midnight Gang

There was also lots of praise for The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. 

Alanna: “It’s funny and you really get into it and you don’t want to stop reading.”   

Tia: “I read The Midnight Gang in half a day.  It’s amazing!  I like how Tony Ross illustrates it because it looks very dramatic.”

Sophie also loved The Midnight Gang: “My favourite part is where the old lady goes flying with a load of balloons and they go around in an ambulance after her.  I really like David Walliams because his books are funny and entertaining.”

Julia Donaldson and Peppa Pig books popular with early readers

The Top 10 list of books borrowed for 0 to 4 year olds is topped by two Julia Donaldson titles, What the Ladybird Heard Next and The Scarecrows’ Wedding.  Peppa Pig and friends books made up 5 of the other 8 titles in the top 10.        

Top 10 books (most borrowed) by children aged 0 to 4

  1. What the Ladybird Heard Next  by Julia Donaldson
  2. The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson
  3. Peppa Pig: George’s Racing Car by Bill Boo
  4. Messy Cake: A Bing Story Book
  5. Peep Inside Dinosaurs by Anna Milbourne
  6. Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Around the World by Rebecca Girlings
  7. Peppa Pig: 1, 2, 3 with Peppa by Neville Astley and Mark Bake
  8. Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Big Race by Bill Boo
  9. My First Gruffalo: Gruffalo Growl by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  10. Peppa Pig: The Big Tale of Little Peppa by Ladybird

More from Norfolk Libraries

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