100 Most Borrowed Picture Books of 2013

The Very Cranky Bear shouldn’t be cranky now, after being the most borrowed picture book of 2013. It’s great to see an Australian book at the top of the list. Author Nick Bland, as well as finishing #1 with his Cranky Bear book, also appears at #4 on the list with The Wrong Book. Both books featured during the past two National Simultaneous Storytimes, The Very Cranky Bear in 2012 and The Wrong Book in 2013 (this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime will be on Wednesday 21 May – put that in your diary). Nick Bland also has three other books in the Top 100!

In terms of most books in the list, Nick Bland’s five books is equal second with the five Octonauts books, but the author who appears most in the list is Lynley Dodd, who has seven of her Hairy Maclary and Slinky Malinki books in the list, the highest placed at #7.

And in the year it celebrated its 50th anniversary, Maurice Sendak’s classic book Where the Wild Things Are finished third.

The very cranky mayor?
The Very Cranky Bear also gets the
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  1. The very cranky bear / Nick Bland
  2. Three little dinosaurs / Charles Fuge
  3. Where the wild things are / Maurice Sendak
  4. The wrong book / Nick Bland
  5. Splat says thank you! / Rob Scotton
  6. Who sank the boat? / Pamela Allen
  7. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack / Lynley Dodd
  8. The gruffalo / Julia Donaldson
  9. Fire engine is flashing / Mandy Archer
  10. Noni the pony / Alison Lester
  11. The Octonauts explore the great big ocean 
  12. Slinky Malinki, early bird / Lynley Dodd
  13. Little white dogs can’t jump / Bruce Whatley
  14. Peppa goes to hospital /
  15. Merry Christmas, Splat / Rob Scotton
  16. Zog / Julia Donaldson
  17. Magic beach / Alison Lester
  18. Don’t worry Douglas / David Melling
  19. Where’s Santa / Louis Shea
  20. The twelve cats of Christmas / Kevin Whitlark
  21. The terrible plop / Ursula Dubosarsky
  22. Harry and the dinosaurs go to school / Ian Whybrow
  23. Goldilocks and just the one bear / Leigh Hodgkinson
  24. Marley and the kittens / John Grogan
  25. One year with Kipper / Mick Inkpen
  26. The dinosaur that pooped Christmas / Tom Fletcher
  27. Slinky Malinki’s Christmas crackers / Lynley Dodd
  28. Stuck / Oliver Jeffers
  29. The cat in the hat / Dr Seuss .
  30. The Octonauts & the sea of shade 
  31. But where completely are we? / Lauren Child
  32. I love bugs! / Emma Dodd
  33. I want to win! / Tony Ross
  34. Maisy goes camping / Lucy Cousins
  35. Racing car is roaring / Mandy Archer
  36. The Octonauts and the only lonely monster 
  37. Giraffes can’t dance / Giles Andreae
  38. Little elephants / Graeme Base
  39. Mr Gumpy’s motor car / John Burningham
  40. Scaredy-cat, Splat! / Rob Scotton
  41. The very itchy bear / Nick Bland
  42. Baby wombat’s week / Jackie French
  43. Dancing around the world / Jodie Polutele
  44. Annie’s chair / Deborah Niland
  45. Goodnight, mice! / Frances Watts
  46. I love you, little monster / Giles Andreae
  47. Spot’s baby sister / Eric Hill
  48. The owl and the pussycat / Edward Lear
  49. Peppa’s Christmas wish /
  50. Hairy Maclary’s bone / Lynley Dodd
  51. I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed / Lauren Child
  52. Octonauts and the great Christmas rescue 
  53. Secret Agent Splat! / Rob Scotton
  54. The other ark / Lynley Dodd
  55. The pink pirate / Michelle Worthington
  56. The Quangle Wangle’s hat / Edward Lear
  57. Mad about minibeasts! / Giles Andreae
  58. Terence the tractor /
  59. The children who loved books / Peter Carnavas
  60. Watch out, Little Wombat! / Charles Fuge
  61. 1001 things to spot on the farm / Gillian Doherty
  62. The magnificent tree / Nick Bland
  63. The really, really, really big dinosaur / Richard Byrne
  64. Who’s there, Spot? / Eric Hill
  65. Wibbly Pig has 10 balloons / Mick Inkpen
  66. 10 little hermit crabs / Lee Fox
  67. Come to school too, Blue Kangaroo! / Emma Chichester Clark
  68. Cuddle Bear / Claire Freedman
  69. Daddy hug / Tim Warnes
  70. Felix / Pamela Allen
  71. Five little monkeys go shopping / Eileen Christelow
  72. Hairy Maclary, shoo / Lynley Dodd
  73. The runaway hug / Nick Bland
  74. The very hungry caterpillar / Eric Carle
  75. The world champion of staying awake / Sean Taylor
  76. Zoom, rocket, zoom! / Margaret Mayo
  77. Digger to the rescue / Mandy Archer
  78. Spot’s first Easter / Eric Hill
  79. Let’s go to Volcano Valley! / Lori Froeb
  80. Bubble trouble / Margaret Mahy
  81. Clarice Bean : my uncle is a hunkle / Lauren Child
  82. Don’t put your pants on your head, Fred! / Caryl Hart
  83. Garry Fleming’s wild animals ABC : an alphabet book / Garry Fleming
  84. Grug learns to read / Ted Prior
  85. In the lion / James Foley
  86. I’ve won, no I’ve won, no I’ve won / Lauren Child
  87. Peculiar pets / Victoria Roberts
  88. Pirates love underpants / Claire Freedman
  89. Scarface claw / Lynley Dodd
  90. The bear’s lunch / Pamela Allen
  91. The giant’s loo roll / Nicholas Allan
  92. My big train book /
  93. Don’t do that! / Tony Ross
  94. Duck in the truck / Jez Alborough
  95. Father Christmas on the naughty step / Mark Sperring
  96. Feathers for Phoebe / Rod Clement
  97. Guess how much I love you / Sam McBratney
  98. Leo the littlest seahorse / Margaret Wild
  99. Octonauts and the flying fish 
  100. We love bears / Catherine Anholt


Author: Lawley

Technology Coordinator for Cockburn Libraries.  Most recent reads: Gotham / Nick Earls -- The Life and Death of Sophie Stark / Anna North -- Universal Harvester / John Darnielle -- The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood.

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