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The New York Public Library shares this year's top kids' and YA checkouts

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Danielle Valente
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We can all agree that 2020 was the pits. But fortunately, great reads kept us going when we needed it most. 

If you're searching for things to do with kids in NYC this winter break wanting to spend some time in, we have good news. The New York Public Library joined forces with the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library to reveal the top checkouts of the year. The lists for adults are stellar (so make a mental note, Mom and Dad), but we're particularly jazzed about the children's books and YA selections. 

If your kiddos need some reading inspo while they're off from school, have a gander at the titles below. (You'll notice some of our favorite kids' books of all time are on the list!) Pick 'em up at using the grab-and-go app or download the books with SimplyE.

NYPL: Children's books 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
Wonder by R.J Palacio
Guts: Smile Series, Book 3 by Rena Telgemeier
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) by Jeff Kinney
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 4 by Jeff Kinney
Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 6 by Jeff Kinney
The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 5 by Jeff Kinney
The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney

NYPL: YA books

American Royals by Katharine McGee
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha Series, Book 1 by Tomi Adeyemi
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Children of Virtue and Vengeance: Legacy of Orisha Series, Book 2 by Tomi Adeyemi
Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 by Stephenie Meyer

QPL: Children's books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowliing
Dog Man: Fetch 22, by Dav Pilkey
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

QPL: YA books 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewsk
The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Let’s Review Algebra
SHSAT Prep
Let’s Review Geometry
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
One Piece by Eichiro Odo
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

BPL

Children: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Teens: American Royals by Katharine McGee

Psst: Did you know all three library systems have extended fine-free borrowing through at least June 2021? Just food for thought! And, if you have very little bookworms in your crew, don't forget to check out our partnership with the New York Public Library for virtual storytimes

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