100 Most Popular Picture Books of 2015

Nick Bland’s The Wrong Book tops the list of Most Borrowed Picture Books of 2015 from Cockburn Libraries’ Junior Kindergarten collection.

After finishing in second place in 2014, The Wrong Book  by Nick Bland finished 2015 as the most borrowed picture book of the year, beating  The gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Another Nick Bland book, The very cranky bear, is the third most popular picture book for 2015, as it was in 2014, and in total Nick Bland has six books in the list,  bookending first place with The magnificent tree at #100.

Covers of the five most borrowed picture books of 2015

Top 5 – Most borrowed children’s picture books of 2015

Six books is the most by a single author, with Nick Bland‘s six books matched by six of Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary & Slinky Malinki books in the list. Beating those two, however, is Peppa Pig, with 12 books featuring Peppa Pig appearing in the 100 Most Borrowed Picture Books of  2015 list, including Peppa goes to the library

Top 10

  1. The wrong book / Nick Bland
  2. The gruffalo / Julia Donaldson
  3. The very cranky bear / Nick Bland
  4. Three little dinosaurs / Charles Fuge
  5. Where the wild things are / Maurice Sendak
  6. Where’s Spot / Eric Hill
  7. Who sank the boat? / Pamela Allen
  8. Giraffes can’t dance / Giles Andreae
  9. Goat goes to playgroup / Julia Donaldson
  10. Where is the green sheep? / Mem Fox
City of Cockburn Mayor, Logan Howlett holding a copy of The Wrong Book by Nick Bland

Mayor approved! – City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett holding the most popular picture book of 2015

11-50    |    100 Most Borrowed Picture Books of 2015

  1. Slinky Malinki early bird / Lynley Dodd
  2. The very hungry caterpillar / Eric Carle
  3. How to catch a star / Oliver Jeffers
  4. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy / Lynley Dodd
  5. Peppa pig and the great vacation
  6. Peppa goes to hospital
  7. The dinosaur that pooped Christmas / Tom Fletcher
  8. 1, 2, 3 with Peppa
  9. The singing mermaid / Julia Donaldson
  10. Slinky Malinki / Lynley Dodd
  11. Peppa goes to the library
  12. Noni the pony / Alison Lester
  13. Esther’s rainbow / Kim Kane & Sara Acton
  14. Too many elephants in this house / Ursula Dubosarsky
  15. Gigantosaurus / Jonny Duddle
  16. Lost and found / Oliver Jeffers
  17. Peppa’s first pet
  18. The very messy mermaid / Tracey Corderoy
  19. Peppa Pig – My mummy
  20. Possum magic  / Mem Fox
  21. Starting school  / Jane Godwin
  22. Rudie nudie  / Emma Quay
  23. The last Viking / Norman Jorgensen & James Foley
  24. The terrible suitcase / Emma Allen
  25. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Bill Martin
  26. Tell me about your day today / Mem Fox
  27. Granny Grommet and me / Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair
  28. Monster chef / Nick Bland
  29. I will not ever never eat a tomato : featuring Charlie and Lola / Lauren Child
  30. Peppa and the big train
  31. Peppa’s washing day
  32. Stuck / Oliver Jeffers
  33. Feathers for Phoebe / Rod Clement
  34. Friends / Eric Carle
  35. How to be a Viking / Cressida Cowell
  36. Superman colors / Benjamin Bird
  37. Winnie’s pirate adventure / Valerie Thomas
  38. Baby bedtime / Mem Fox
  39. Goldilocks and just the one bear / Leigh Hodgkinson
  40. Let’s go baby! / Margaret Robson Kett
The last viking - book cover

Made in WA | James Foley who illustrated The Last Viking was a recent visitor to the library


Granny Grommet and Me - book cover

Another Western Australian book appears at #37

51-100    |    100 Most Borrowed Picture Books of 2015

  1. Octonauts and the Adelie penguins
  2. Peppa’s big race
  3. The very itchy bear / Nick Bland
  4. There was an old lady who swallowed a fly / Pam Adams
  5. Wonder Woman ABCs / Benjamin Bird
  6. Hairy Maclary, sit / Lynley Dodd
  7. My superhero / Chris Owen
  8. The wonky donkey / Craig Smith
  9. Hairy Maclary scattercat / Lynley Dodd
  10. Splat says thank you! / Rob Scotton
  11. We’re going on a bear hunt / Michael Rosen
  12. Ambulance in action / Peter Bently
  13. Growl like a tiger / Alison Lester
  14. Peppa goes ice skating / Sue Nicholson
  15. The brothers Quibble / Aaron Blabey
  16. The Queen with the wobbly bottom / Phillip Gwynne
  17. For all creatures / Glenda Millard
  18. My daddy says / Justine Smith
  19. Pig the pug / Aaron Blabey
  20. The further adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat / Julia Donaldson
  21. Dragon Jelly / Claire Freedman
  22. I love you baby / Giles Andreae
  23. No matter what / Debi Gliori
  24. Peppa Pig and the vegetable garden
  25. Possum and wattle : my big book of Australian words / Bronwyn Bancroft
  26. The farmer’s away! Baa! Neigh! / Anne Kennedy
  27. Happy birthday, Hugless Douglas / David Melling
  28. Secret Agent Splat! / Rob Scotton
  29. The dinosaur that pooped the past / Tom Fletcher
  30. The flying bath / Julia Donaldson
  31. There’s a wocket in my pocket! / Dr Seuss
  32. With Nan / Tania Cox
  33. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack / Lynley Dodd
  34. Peppa’s first sleepover
  35. 1, 2, 3 to the zoo : a counting book / Eric Carle
  36. A home for Bilby / Joanne Crawford
  37. Crayon / Simon Rickerty
  38. George and the dragon / Christopher Wormell
  39. My dad’s the coolest / Rosie Smith
  40. Shapes [Giggle & Hoot]
  41. The witch with an itch / Helen Baugh
  42. Whizz pop, granny stop! / Tracey Corderoy
  43. Are we there yet? / Sam Williams
  44. Edward the emu / Sheena Knowles
  45. Maisy learns to swim / Lucy Cousins
  46. The Octonauts explore the great big ocean /
  47. The runaway hug / Nick Bland
  48. Wombat stew / Marcia K. (Marcia Kay) Vaughan
  49. Little big / Jonathan Bentley
  50. The magnificent tree / Nick Bland

How many of the list have you read (yourself or read to your kids)? Any all time favourites? Any big surprises or shock omissions? Let me know in comments.

Other 2015 Most Borrowed Lists:


[Updated 5 Feb 2016 – Links to additional Most Borrowed lists added]


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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