Top 100 most popular children’s books of 2017 in each of our three major collections; Picture books, Junior fiction, and Junior non fiction.

Australia’s favourite anthropomorphic TV cartoon pig (but don’t mention the spider episode) does big business in the book world too, talking out Cockburn Libraries most borrowed picture book of 2017 with Peppa and the big train. It beat 2016 winner (and 2015 winner) Nick Bland’s The wrong book who had to settle for second this time around.

In Junior Fiction, Roald Dahl’s  The twits came out on top for the second year in a row. The book, first published in 1980, is one of six Roald Dahl books in the Top 10.  The Diary of a Wimpy Kids series continues to be a popular choice with the kids; Diary of a wimpy kid. Double down finished 2017 being the second most borrowed fiction/chapter book.

Non fiction continues the trend of past years, dominated by LEGO and Minecraft, with LEGO play book by Daniel Lipkowitz taking top spot, and Minecraft construction handbook  and Minecraft : beginner’s handbook finishing second and third.

Check out the Top 100 in all three categories below.

Top 10 | Most borrowed picture books (junior kindergarten & board books) of 2017

  1. Peppa and the big train
  2. The wrong book / Nick Bland
  3. The gruffalo / Julia Donaldson
  4. Peppa pig and the I love you game
  5. Where the wild things are / Maurice Sendak
  6. Peppa pig and the great vacation
  7. Peppa Pig and the day at the museum
  8. For all creatures / Glenda Millard
  9. Possum magic / Mem Fox
  10. The cow tripped over the moon / Tony Wilson
Cover Image for Peppa and the big train

11-100 | Most borrowed picture books of 2017

  1. Peppa’s first pet
  2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy / Lynley Dodd
  3. Too many elephants in this house / Ursula Dubosarsky
  4. Peppa’s Christmas /
  5. Peppa Pig and the treasure hunt /
  6. My dog Bigsy / Alison Lester
  7. Rudie nudie / Emma Quay
  8. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Bill Martin
  9. Piranhas don’t eat bananas / Aaron Blabey
  10. My mummy /
  11. Growl like a tiger / Alison Lester
  12. Pig the pug / Aaron Blabey
  13. Peppa goes to the library /
  14. Mr Huff / Anna Walker
  15. I will not ever never eat a tomato : featuring Charlie and Lola / Lauren Child
  16. Where’s Spot? / Eric Hill
  17. Magic beach / Alison Lester
  18. The smartest giant in town / Julia Donaldson
  19. The fire engine / Neville Astley
  20. Who sank the boat? / Pamela Allen
  21. Peppa Pig and the vegetable garden /
  22. The scarecrows’ wedding / Julia Donaldson
  23. Bogtrotter / Margaret Wild
  24. Peppa’s Easter egg hunt /
  25. Pig the winner / Aaron Blabey
  26. We’re going on a bear hunt / Michael Rosen
  27. How the sun got to Coco’s house / Bob Graham
  28. Pandamonia / Chris Owen
  29. Something wonderful / Raewyn Caisley
  30. The flying bath / Julia Donaldson
  31. The terrible suitcase / Emma Allen
  32. Peppa’s big race /
  33. The runaway hug / Nick Bland
  34. Peppa goes to hospital /
  35. The lighthouse keeper’s lunch / Ronda Armitage
  36. Hairy Maclary, sit / Lynley Dodd
  37. Stick Man / Julia Donaldson
  38. A house of her own / Jenny Hughes
  39. Peppa pig and the busy day at school /
  40. Perfect / Danny Parker
  41. Happy birthday, Hugless Douglas / David Melling
  42. The very messy mermaid / Tracey Corderoy
  43. This & that / Mem Fox
  44. Up & down / Britta Teckentrup
  45. Dinosaurs love cheese / Jackie French
  46. The brothers Quibble / Aaron Blabey
  47. Wombat stew / Marcia K. (Marcia Kay) Vaughan
  48. Wombat wins / Jackie French
  49. The first hippo on the Moon / David Walliams
  50. Big bed for Giraffe / Michael Dahl
  51. Dear Zoo / Rod Campbell
  52. Peppa goes on holiday / Rebecca Gerlings
  53. The lion who lost his roar, but learnt to draw / Paula Knight
  54. Peppa loves Christmas / Lauren Holowaty
  55. The wrong book / Nick Bland
  56. A squash and a squeeze / Julia Donaldson
  57. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Bill Martin
  58. My superhero / Chris Owen
  59. This is a ball / Beck Stanton
  60. Charlie Cook’s favourite book / Julia Donaldson
  61. I got this hat / Jol Temple
  62. Monsters love underpants / Claire Freedman
  63. Slinky Malinki / Lynley Dodd
  64. Friends / Eric Carle
  65. Lovely old lion / Julia Jarman
  66. Part-time princess / Deborah Underwood
  67. Princess Mirror-Belle and the dragon pox / Julia Donaldson
  68. Tooth fairy / Mandy Archer
  69. Do not open this book / Andy Lee
  70. There’s a dinosaur in my bathtub / Catalina Echeverri
  71. When I’m feeling happy / Trace Moroney
  72. When I’m feeling kind / Trace Moroney
  73. Dinosaur rocket! / Penny Dale
  74. Giraffes can’t dance / Giles Andreae
  75. Monster chef / Nick Bland
  76. Peppa’s Halloween party /
  77. Possum and wattle : my big book of Australian words / Bronwyn Bancroft
  78. The incredible book eating boy / Oliver Jeffers
  79. Whizz pop, granny stop! / Tracey Corderoy
  80. Why I love footy / Michael Wagner
  81. Hoot’s lullaby /
  82. Let’s go baby! / Margaret Robson Kett
  83. My mum /
  84. Spot’s day out : a touch-and-feel book / Eric Hill
  85. Snail and Turtle are friends / Stephen Michael King
  86. The further adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat / Julia Donaldson
  87. The short giraffe / Neil Flory
  88. The very brave bear / Nick Bland
  89. Poo in the zoo / Steve Smallman
  90. Davy & the duckling / Margaret Wild

Top 10 | Most borrowed junior fiction books of 2017

  1. The twits / Roald Dahl
  2. Diary of a wimpy kid. Double down / Jeff Kinney
  3. The BFG / Roald Dahl
  4. George’s marvellous medicine / Roald Dahl
  5. The magic finger / Roald Dahl
  6. The 52-storey treehouse / Andy Griffiths
  7. Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two / Jack Thorne
  8. Yes! No. (Maybe…) / Liz Pichon
  9. Charlie and the chocolate factory / Roald Dahl
  10. Giraffe and the pelly and me / Roald Dahl
Cover Image for The twits

11-100 | Most borrowed junior fiction books of 2017

  1. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone / J. K. Rowling
  2. Fantastic Mr Fox / Roald Dahl
  3. Where’s Wally? : in Hollywood / Martin Handford
  4. Matilda / Roald Dahl
  5. The enormous crocodile / Roald Dahl
  6. A tiny bit lucky / Liz Pichon
  7. Extra special treats (…not) / Liz Pichon
  8. The 39-storey treehouse / Andy Griffiths
  9. Captain Underpants and the invasion of the incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies from outer space : and the subsequent assault of the equally evil lunchroom zombie nerds : the third epic novel / Dav Pilkey
  10. Where’s Wally now? / Martin Handford
  11. Harry Potter and the half-blood prince / J. K. Rowling
  12. Where’s Wally? / Martin Handford
  13. Diary of a wimpy kid. Hard luck / Jeff Kinney
  14. James and the giant peach / Roald Dahl
  15. The 78-storey treehouse / Andy Griffiths
  16. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets / J. K. Rowling
  17. Big Nate. Lives it up / Lincoln Peirce
  18. Big Nate. In the zone / Lincoln Peirce
  19. Diary of a wimpy kid. The long haul / Jeff Kinney
  20. Dork diaries : drama queen / Rachel Renee Russell
  21. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows / J. K. Rowling
  22. If I ran the zoo / Dr Seuss
  23. Percy Jackson and the lightning thief / Rick Riordan
  24. The 26-storey treehouse / Andy Griffiths
  25. Thea Stilton and the ice treasure / Thea Stilton
  26. Revolting rhymes / Roald Dahl
  27. Tom Gates is absolutely fantastic (at some things) / Liz Pichon
  28. Top of the class (nearly) / Liz Pichon
  29. WeirDo 3, extra weird! / Anh Do
  30. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban / J. K. Rowling
  31. Dirty beasts / Roald Dahl
  32. Escape from Darth Vader / Michael Siglain
  33. I am invited to a party! / Mo Willems
  34. Dork diaries : once upon a dork / Rachel Renee Russell
  35. The super chef contest / Geronimo Stilton
  36. Thea Stilton and the tropical treasure / Thea Stilton
  37. Best book day ever (so far) / Liz Pichon
  38. Big Nate blasts off / Lincoln Peirce
  39. The brilliant world of Tom Gates / Liz Pichon
  40. Where’s Wally? : the fantastic journey / Martin Handford
  41. Diary of a wimpy kid. Old school / Jeff Kinney
  42. Nicole the beach fairy / Daisy Meadows
  43. Where’s Wally? : the great picture hunt! / Martin Handford
  44. Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets : the second epic novel / Dav Pilkey
  45. Diary of a wimpy kid. The third wheel / Jeff Kinney
  46. Harry Potter and the goblet of fire / J. K. Rowling
  47. WeirDo 4, super weird! / Anh Do
  48. Today I will fly! / Mo Willems
  49. Diary of a wimpy kid. The ugly truth / Jeff Kinney
  50. Dork diaries : puppy love / Rachel Renée Russell
  51. Big Nate : the boy with the biggest head in the world / Lincoln Peirce
  52. Charlie and the great glass elevator / Roald Dahl
  53. Splat the Cat takes the cake / Amy Hsu Lin
  54. The tricky trail / Maggie Testa
  55. Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants : the fourth epic novel / Dav Pilkey
  56. My autosaurus will win! / Geronimo Stilton
  57. The way of the samurai / Geronimo Stilton
  58. Attack of the dragons / Geronimo Stilton
  59. Captain Underpants and the wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman : the fifth epic novel / Dav Pilkey
  60. Dork diaries : dear dork / Rachel Renee Russell
  61. Dork diaries : tales from a not-so-fabulous life / Rachel Renee Russell
  62. Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot : the twelfth epic novel / Dav Pilkey
  63. Diary of a wimpy kid. Cabin fever / Jeff Kinney
  64. Treasure fever! / Andy Griffiths
  65. WeirDo 2, even weirder! / Anh Do
  66. Elephant / Fiona Olney-Fraser
  67. Diary of a wimpy kid. The last straw / Jeff Kinney
  68. Lizzie the sweet treats fairy / Daisy Meadows
  69. Locker hero / Rachel Renée Russell
  70. Pencil of doom! / Andy Griffiths
  71. I’m a scaredy-mouse! / Geronimo Stilton
  72. Kayla the pottery fairy / Daisy Meadows
  73. Molly Twinkletail runs away / Daisy Meadows
  74. The treasure of the sea / Geronimo Stilton
  75. Weirdo 7, mega weird! / Anh Do
  76. Annabelle the drawing fairy / Daisy Meadows
  77. Captain Underpants and the tyrannical retaliation of the turbo toilet 2000 / Dav Pilkey
  78. Dork diaries : pop star / Rachel Renee Russell
  79. How the Grinch stole Christmas / Seuss Dr
  80. Roxie the baking fairy / Daisy Meadows
  81. Sea monster surprise! / Geronimo Stilton
  82. Thea Stilton and the Madagascar madness / Thea Stilton
  83. Bollywood burglary / Geronimo Stilton
  84. Crazy weird! / Anh Do
  85. Everything’s amazing (sort of) / Liz Pichon
  86. Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters / Rick Riordan
  87. Ruby Fuzzybrush’s star dance / Daisy Meadows
  88. This hotel is haunted! / Geronimo Stilton
  89. Adventure time. The flip side / Paul Tobin
  90. The 65-storey treehouse / Andy Griffiths

Top 10 | Most borrowed junior non fiction books of 2017

  1. LEGO play book / Daniel Lipkowitz
  2. Minecraft construction handbook / Matthew Needler
  3. Minecraft : beginner’s handbook / Stephanie Milton
  4. 365 things to do with LEGO bricks / Simon Hugo
  5. LEGO : awesome ideas / Daniel Lipkowitz
  6. The LEGO ideas book / Daniel Lipkowitz
  7. Minecraft. Combat handbook / Stephanie Milton
  8. Star Wars, rogue one : the ultimate visual guide / Pablo Hidalgo
  9. The Macmillan encyclopedia of junior science / Cheryl Jakab
  10. The puberty book / Wendy Darvill
Cover Image for LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life

11-100 | Most borrowed junior non fiction books of 2017

  1. The wimpy kid movie diary : how Greg Heffley went Hollywood / Jeff Kinney
  2. Minecraft : redstone handbook / Nick Farwell
  3. The big book of Australian history / Peter Macinnis
  4. The amazing book of Star Wars / Elizabeth Dowsett
  5. Everything you need to know about dinosaurs : and other prehistoric creatures / John Woodward
  6. Hacks for Minecrafters : Redstone : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won’t teach you / Megan Miller
  7. Star Wars, the force awakens : the visual dictionary / Pablo Hidalgo
  8. Hacks for Minecrafters : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won’t teach you / Megan Miller
  9. Computer coding games for kids / Jon Woodcock
  10. Brick animals : clever and creative ideas to make from classic LEGO / Warren Elsmore
  11. Chronicles of the force / Adam Bray
  12. Cook school / Amanda Grant
  13. Hacks for Minecrafters : master builder : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won’t teach you / Megan Miller
  14. Brick cars and trucks : clever and creative ideas to make from classic LEGO / Warren Elsmore
  15. Meet … Captain Cook / Rae Murdie
  16. The Australian women’s weekly kids in the kitchen /
  17. Amazing animals of Australia’s national parks / Gina M. Newton
  18. National geographic kids almanac 2017 /
  19. Star Wars galactic atlas / Tim McDonagh
  20. Star Wars in 100 scenes / Jason Fry
  21. Dinosaur / David Lambert
  22. Pokemon visual companion / Simcha Whitehill
  23. Spot the Samurai-droid : a search-and-find book /
  24. The magnificent book of dinosaurs / Tom Jackson
  25. Animal encyclopedia : 2,500 animals with photos, maps, and more! / Lucy H. Spelman
  26. Geeky LEGO crafts / David Scarfe
  27. Great LEGO sets : a visual history / Daniel Lipkowitz
  28. Minecraft combat handbook / Stephanie Milton
  29. Minecraft modding for kids for dummies / Sarah Guthals
  30. Star Wars rebels : visual guide : epic battles / Adam Bray
  31. The gigantic book of genes / Lorna Hendry
  32. The gloriumptious worlds of Roald Dahl / S. A. (Stella A.) Caldwell
  33. The ultimate unofficial encyclopedia for Minecrafters : an A-Z book of tips and tricks the official guides don’t teach you / Megan Miller
  34. The Yoda chronicles / Daniel Lipkowitz
  35. 5,000 awesome facts (about everything!) /
  36. Big book of animals : a LEGO adventure in the real world /
  37. Cook it step by step /
  38. Encyclopedia of dinosaurs and prehistoric life /
  39. Humpty’s big book of dinosaurs /
  40. LEGO Star Wars : small scenes from a big galaxy / Vesa Lehtimäki
  41. Look closer ocean / John Woodward
  42. Planes and helicopters / Clive Gifford
  43. The art treasure hunt : I spy with my little eye / Doris Kutschbach
  44. The big book of Minecraft / Trevor Talley
  45. Around the world : a colourful atlas for kids /
  46. Children’s encyclopedia of the ancient world : step back in time to discover the wonders of the Stone Age, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Aztecs and Maya, the Incas, ancient China and ancient Japan /
  47. Coding projects in Scratch / Jon Woodcock
  48. Dinosaurs in our street! / David West
  49. Guinness world records 2016 : blockbusters! /
  50. I love that minifigure / Jen Anstruther
  51. Master builder junior : Minecraft secrets for young ‘crafters / Trevor Talley
  52. My underpants rule! / Rod Power
  53. Pokemon encyclopedia / Simcha Whitehill
  54. Rock & mineral / R. F. Symes
  55. Star wars : the complete visual dictionary / David West Reynolds
  56. Stars and constellations / Raman Prinja
  57. The bum book / 1969- Dawko
  58. The official Adventure Time team Finn joke book ; The official Adventure Time team Jake joke book / Samone Bos
  59. Usborne 1001 things to spot on holiday / Hazel Maskell
  60. Computer coding projects for kids / Jon Woodcock
  61. Funny bone jokes and riddles / Karen Barss
  62. Hacks for Minecrafters : mods : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won’t teach you / Megan Miller
  63. Horribly hilarious joke book / Terry Deary
  64. Star wars / Art Mawhinney
  65. Weird but true! 6 : 300 outrageous facts /
  66. What did dinosaurs eat? : and other things you want to know about dinosaurs / Elizabeth MacLeod
  67. A – Z of convicts in Van Diemen’s Land / Simon Barnard
  68. Beautiful Minecraft / James Delaney
  69. Everyday chemicals / Kathryn Whyman
  70. How to be a dinosaur hunter : your globe-trotting, time-travelling guide / Scott Forbes
  71. Medieval fortress / Craig Jelley
  72. Platypus / Sue (Susan Allana) Whiting
  73. Pokemon gotta catch ’em all! : deluxe essential handbook : the need-to-know stats and facts on over 700 Pokemon /
  74. Revolting rhymes / Roald Dahl
  75. Ripley’s believe it or not! Completely awesome! / Geoff Tibballs
  76. Unofficial Minecraft lab for kids : family-friendly projects for exploring and teaching math, science, history, and culture through creative building / John Miller
  77. Everything you need to know about snakes and other scaly reptiles / John Woodward
  78. Fantastic beasts and where to find them : the beasts : cinematic guide / Felicity Baker
  79. If dinosaurs were alive today / Dougal Dixon
  80. Minecraft blockopedia / Alex Wiltshire
  81. My little book of dinosaurs / Dougal Dixon
  82. Really, really big questions about space and time / Mark Brake
  83. The big book of dinosaurs / Angela Wilkes
  84. The complete laugh-out-loud jokes for kids : a 4-in-1 collection / Rob Elliott
  85. The concise animal encyclopedia /
  86. The sun / Raman Prinja
  87. The Usborne encyclopedia of world history / Jane Bingham
  88. Usborne first illustrated maths dictionary / Kirsteen Rogers
  89. Vikings in the supermarket / Nick Sharratt
  90. Writing computer code / Chris Minnick