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NYPL Shares Its Most-Checked-Out Books
Laurel Wamsley reports for NPR that The New York Public Library (NYPL) has calculated its 10 most-checked-out books to celebrate its 125th birthday. The top spot goes to The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, which has been checked out 485,583 times since it was published in 1962. Wamsley notes, “It shares qualities with many of the other most-borrowed titles: The beautifully illustrated book has been around a long time, it’s well-known and well-loved, and it’s available in numerous languages.” The only “recent” book on the list is the first Harry Potter novel.
The top 10 books are:
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss: 469,650 checkouts
- 1984 by George Orwell: 441,770 checkouts
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: 436,016 checkouts
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: 422,912 checkouts
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: 316,404 checkouts
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: 284,524 checkouts
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: 231,022 checkouts
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: 189,550 checkouts
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