Keith Morrison with Dateline NBC (hoot) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
Keith Morrison with Dateline NBC

The New York Public Library lists its most checked-out books of all time

The New York Public Library shared its 10 most checked out books of all time. Taking the #1 spot was "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. It has been checked out a total of 485,584 times since 1962.

Other books on the list included "1984" by George Orwell at #3 with 441770 borrows, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie at #8 with 284524 borrows, and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling with 231022 borrows.

"Goodnight Moon" is given an honorable mention because it would have been on the list, but the children's librarian in charge when the book was published in 1947 hated it so much she refused to carry it. The library didn't carry it until 1972.


What was the last book you checked out from the library? Favorite children's book?
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I read The Chosen when I was a kid, but I can't remember anything about it. I checked out one of the author's other books, My Name is Asher Lev, but I couldn't finish it and gave up. I'm putting it aside to try again later.

A book I remember liking when I was a little kid was Mrs. Pitter Patter and the Magician. I've still got it. I remember that and a bit later I loved the Nancy Drew books. Secret of Shadow Ranch was the book I owned, and then I remember Secret of the Wooden Lady and The Ghost of Blackwood Hall. I started those I think in 4th or 5th grade. Such happy memories of sitting curled up in a chair during the summer reading that first nancy drew paperback I'd been given. I loved horses then and it had a horse on the cover, I doubt I'd have picked it up otherwise. I'm very thankful I did.
I don't remember what my favorite was as a kid, but one I remember really loving was Caps for Sale.

The last book I checked out was Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett. I also checked out Just Mercy and I'm about halfway through that one, but god it's upsetting.
I've currently got Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor out from the library, and I need to go pick up up The Bite of the Mango.

I stan the Toronto Public Library (except when they're transphobic). It grants you access to SO many books, so much media.
Like others I've never heard of The Snowy Day.

Currently reading Carol borrowed from the library, A Little Life on my mobile, and Eddie Izzard's memoir as an audiobook.
The irony of Fahrenheit 451 being on the list.
I'm thinking that a lot of the people who have never heard of The Snowy Day are....yeah. :/

I loved the fuck out of all of Beverly Cleary's books. Hell, I read them now, lol. Judy Blume too; loved "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing", "Sheila the Great" and "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret" and all of her other books. When I read all of those I would go really old school and read the "Amy and Laura" book series by Marilyn Sachs and the "Katie John" series by Mary Calhoun. And of course the "Little House" books.
I'm thinking that a lot of the people who have never heard of The Snowy Day are....yeah. :/

White? ;)

But yeah, I'm surprised so many people in this post haven't heard of it.
Exactly. Sadly, I can see a lot of White Parents thinking "That's a Black book. I'm not getting it for my child." Kinda of like when this little girl wanted a Black doll and her mom wasn't sure if she should buy it for her. :/

It's a shame, because it really is a lovely little book.
the snowy day is probably my favorite children's book.
I cannot remember the name but their was a couple of books from the same series about a girl who would solve mysteries. One was set in like a medieval living museum. There was another one but I can't remember anything about. I do remember one had a red cover and the other was purple. I checked those out all the time. And I loved to check out books about different countries because I was into geography.
My favorite children’s books were Shel Silverstein poems, the Little House series, Daniel Cohen ghost books, Babysitter’s Club, Dollhouse Murders, and Wait Till Helen Comes (omg I LOVED this book).
I read every single damn thing I could get my hands on as a kid so I don't know remember what my absolute favorite was. I loved Beatrix Potter though - every year for Easter my mom would give my brother and me a different book by her. My favorite was The Tailor of Gloucester because I loved the way "Gloucester" sounded lol
The last book I checked out from the library was "Flowers For Algernon" last year. I just wanted to read it before the end of the year and literally brought it with me to Times Square on NYE and ended up bursting into tears when I got to the last page in front of a group of confused and concerned tourists.
i got a physics textbook last friday, fun stuff.

fave books as a kid were stuff roald dalh wrote and miffy books (i still adore them?.


January 14 2020, 16:37:19 UTC 1 week ago Edited:  January 14 2020, 16:38:32 UTC

The last book I checked out of a library.... More Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl.

All-time fav children's book 1. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

2. Anne of Green Gables

Edit: 3 oh wait I forgot Harry Potter was a children's book series at first.
My favorite books when I was little were When the Sun Rose by Barbara Berger and Socks For Supper by Jack Kent. By early elementary, I loved the Boxcar Children and Goosebumps.
i love the snowy day. it was one of the first books i bought my baby, back when she was an infant.

i feel sorry for all the high-schoolers and college kids reading weird ass fahrenheit 51
I had to read a lot of these for school
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