Pandemic Reading: Follett Reveals the Top Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts at End of School Year

Longtime favorite authors dominated the lists of checkouts in the first half of June, according to Follett's Students' Choice data.

In the first two weeks of June, as the 2019-20 school year crawled to a close and the pandemic postponed or canceled graduations, proms, and spring sports, young readers turned to the comfort of trusted authors and old standby series. 

Follett Students’ Choice ranks the top ebook and audiobook titles checked out by reading level (Grades K-3, Grades 3-6, Grades 5-8, Young Adult) as determined by information gathered by Destiny Library Manager, a Follett service used by more than 60,000 schools. The elementary and middle grade lists are dominated by Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Kinney,  Katherine Applegate, and Rick Riordan.  Lois Lowry and Suzanne Collins have multiple titles in the Top 25 lists, as well.

BIPOC authors are noticeably few and far between until the audiobooks lists. The Grades 5-8 list includes Kwame Alexander, Jason Reynolds, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Linda Sue Park, and Christopher Paul Curtis. The YA audiobooks list has titles from Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Walter Dean Myers, Bryan Stevenson, Reynolds, and Jenny Han.

Below are the Top 25 ebook titles in each category for the two-week period ending June 15.


Grades K-3

1. Baby Animals by Elizabeth Austen

2. Neck & Neck by Elise Parsley

3. Ellis Island by Lori Mortensen

4. Largemouth Bass by Leo Statts

5. Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger

6. The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger

7. The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen

8. La materia mira, toca, prueba, huele by Darlene R. Stille

9. 20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris

10. Adjectives by Josh Gregory

11. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! By Ame Dyckman

12. Save the Tiger by Angela Royston

13. Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro

14. Ozzie and the Art Contest by Dana Sullivan

15. La luz sombras, espejos y arco iris by Natalie M. Rosinsky

16. Jackrabbits by Christina Leaf

17. What Makes a Plant? by Christina Hill

18. My Teacher Likes to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson

19. El árbol que trepó el oso Berkes by Marianne Collins

20. Climate by Torrey Maloof

21. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

22. Ecosystems by William B. Rice

23. Melia and Jo by Billy Aronson

24. Patterns at the Zoo by Bela Davis

25. How Sound Moves by Sharon Coan

Grades 3-6

1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

2. Pet Camp by Emma Bland Smith

3. El Deafo by Cece Bell

4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

5. Runs with Courage by Joan M. Wolf

6. Guts by Raina Telgemeier

7. Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Television Dog by David A. Adler

8. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

9. The Epic Adventures of Odysseus: An Interactive Mythological Adventure by B. A. Hoena

10. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo

11. Off on the Wrong Foot by Lea Taddonio

12. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

13. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

14. Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey

15. Restart by Gordon Korman

16. Lemons by Melissa Savage

17. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

18. CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

19. The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton

20. Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson

21. Zombies Revisited by Baron Specter

22. Big Nate: I Can't Take It by Lincoln Peirce

23. Big Nate: Game On! By Lincoln Peirce

24. Malala Yousafzai by Caitie McAneney

25.  Pop-Up Movie Theater by Emma Bland Smith

Grades 5-8

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

4. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

5. Living Rough by Cristy Watson

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney

8. Independence Hall by Roland Smith

9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

14. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

16. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

17. Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley

18. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

19. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

21. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

22. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

23. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

24. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

25. Maxi's Secret by Lynn Plourde

Young Adult

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. The Outsiders by S. E.Hinton

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

5. Atoms, Molecules, and States of Matter by Peter Lewis

6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

7. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

8. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

9. The United Nations Children's Fund by Ada Verloren

10. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee

11. Lost in a River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

12. Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare

13. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

14. 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne

15. Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

16. The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin

17. Guilty by Norah McClintock

18. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

19. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

20. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

21. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

22. Ancient Rome by Michael Anderson

23. Governments Around the World: From Democracies to Theocracies by Fred M. Shelley

24. Night by Elie Wiesel

25. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey



Grades K-3

1. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

2. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

3. Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin

4. Pete the Cat's Super Cool Reading Collection by Teddy Walsh

5. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka

6. The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

7. A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel

8. Dear Mrs. LaRue Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

9. Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin

10. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type And Other Barnyard Stories by Doreen Cronin

11. Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie by Herman Parish

12. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

13. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

14. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

15. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean

16. Pete the Cat and the New Guy by Ki Dean

17. Adventure According to Humphrey by Betty G Birney

18. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

19. Corduroy by Don Freeman,

20. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

21. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

22. Bad Kitty by Nic Bruel

23. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy

24. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin

25. Pete at the Beach by Teddy Walsh

Grades 3-6

1. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

2. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

3. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

4. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

5. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

6. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

7. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

8. Pax by Sara Pennypacker

9. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

10. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

11. Allies by Alan Gratz

12. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

13. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

14. Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renée Russell

15. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

16. Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

17. 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

18. The Losers Club by Andrew Clements

19. The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

20. Saving Winslow a Novel by Sharon Creech

21. Frindle by Andrew Clements

22. The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

23. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

24. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

25. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Grades 5-8

1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

3. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

4. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

5. Holes by Louis Sachar

6. Refugee by Alan Gratz

7. Flush by Carl Hiaasen

8. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

9. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

10. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

11. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

12. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

13. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

14. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

15. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

16. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

17. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

18. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

19. Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

20. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

21. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

22. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

23. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

24. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

25. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

26. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Young Adult

1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

5. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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

9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

11. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

12. Divergent by Veronica Roth

13. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

14. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

15. The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey

16. Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

17. Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

18. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

19. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

20. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

21. Miles Morales (Spider Man) by Jason Reynolds

22. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

23. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

24. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

25. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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