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BFIS School Library: A Year of Reading Achievements in 2023

By the BFIS Library

At the beginning of the year,  it’s time to reflect on a year filled with literary adventures at the BFIS School Library. From January 1st to December 31st, our students embarked on a journey through the pages of thousands of books, making this a remarkable year for bibliophiles of all ages.

Here’s a glimpse into our year in library statistics:

Total items borrowed

  • In 2023, our readers borrowed a whopping 11,176 items from the BFIS Libraries, a testament to the voracious appetite for reading within our community.
  • The grade level with the most book checkouts in Middle School and High School: 6th grade (613) 
  • The grade level with the most book checkouts in Elementary School: 3rd grade (1,495)
  • Total book checkouts in Sora – 874 (Ebooks – 704 / Audiobooks – 170)

The Most popular picture book

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

“Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” by Mo Willems is a delightful children’s book that is part of the “Pigeon” series by the author. The story revolves around a pigeon who becomes jealous when a polite duckling receives a cookie simply by asking for it. The pigeon is known for its expressive and humorous character, and in this story, it goes through a range of emotions from envy to surprise.

The pigeon complains about the unfairness of the situation, as it has never received a cookie despite asking for many things.

The twist comes when the duckling offers the cookie to the pigeon, revealing that it was intended for the pigeon all along. The duckling had asked for a cookie with nuts, knowing that the pigeon doesn’t like nuts, and wanted to give it to the pigeon.

This book, with its simple yet engaging narrative and distinctive illustrations, teaches children about the importance of politeness, sharing, and understanding others’ intentions. It’s a humorous and heartwarming tale that resonates with both children and adults.

The most popular Junior Fiction book

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot” by Jeff Kinney is a captivating addition to the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. In this installment, the main character, Greg Heffley, finds himself reluctantly involved in sports after his mum encourages him to explore his athletic side. Greg, who is typically not sports-inclined, ends up trying out for the basketball team.

The story humorously navigates Greg’s experiences and misadventures in the world of school sports. From the trials of tryouts to the dynamics of team sports, Greg’s journey is filled with the typical comedic and relatable moments that fans of the series have come to love. The book explores themes of perseverance, teamwork, and the importance of finding one’s niche, all wrapped in Kinney’s signature blend of witty narrative and expressive illustrations.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot” stands out for its engaging storytelling and its ability to connect with young readers, particularly those who might feel out of place in the competitive world of school sports. It’s a story that not only entertains but also imparts valuable lessons about the importance of trying new things and finding one’s own path to success.

The most popular young Adult Fiction book

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

“A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson is a captivating young adult mystery novel. It follows high school senior Pippa Fitz-Amobi as she investigates the closed case of Andie Bell, a student allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh, who then committed suicide. Pippa, suspecting Sal’s innocence, uncovers a web of secrets and lies, revealing the case’s complexity. The novel, full of suspense and twists, keeps readers engaged with its blend of mystery and exploration of themes like justice and media influence. Holly Jackson’s sharp writing makes this book a standout in the young adult mystery genre.

The most popular graphic novel

Twins by Varian Johnson

“Twins” by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright, is a popular graphic novel about the evolving relationship between identical twins Maureen and Francine Carter as they start sixth grade. The story explores their journey of growing apart and seeking individual identities, with Francine wanting to be called Fran and pursuing different interests, while Maureen feels left behind. Set against the backdrop of middle school, the novel addresses themes of fitting in, friendship, and self-discovery. Its vibrant illustrations and relatable portrayal of sibling dynamics make it a hit with younger readers, showcasing the power of graphic novels in storytelling

Digital delights in Sora

Our digital library in Sora saw a surge in popularity, with a total of 874 book checkouts, comprising 704 ebooks and 170 audiobooks. 
Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” and Raina Telgemeier’s “Sisters” took the lead with 17 and 19 checkouts respectively, showcasing the diverse reading preferences of our digital readers.

The most popular fiction book in Sora

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, published in 2008, is a pivotal young adult dystopian novel. It’s set in Panem, a society divided into 12 districts and the Capitol, which annually hosts the Hunger Games – a televised event where a boy and girl from each district fight to the death in an arena. The protagonist, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12, volunteers for the Games to save her sister. Skilled in survival, she faces challenges and moral dilemmas while fighting against the Capitol’s oppressive regime. The novel, rich in action and suspense, explores themes of government control, societal inequality, and media influence. Katniss became a symbol of resistance, and the book’s success led to a major film series and significant impact on young adult fiction and popular culture.

The most popular graphic novel in Sora

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

“Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier is an engaging graphic novel that explores the complex relationship between Raina and her younger sister, Amara. This autobiographical story, a sequel to Telgemeier’s “Smile,” uses expressive artwork to bring to life the sisters’ journey. The narrative, set against a family road trip, delves into their differing personalities and the challenges they face in understanding and accepting each other. The novel addresses themes like sibling rivalry and the path to mutual respect. Telgemeier’s vibrant art style enhances the story’s emotional depth, making it relatable, especially for younger readers. “Sisters” is praised for its honest and humorous portrayal of family dynamics, resonating with anyone familiar with the ups and downs of sibling relationships.

Expansive variety

A remarkable 255 distinct titles were checked out in Sora, demonstrating the wide range of choices available to our readers.

In 2023, the BFIS School Library once again celebrated the joy of reading and the power of books to transport us to different worlds, ignite our imaginations, and spark meaningful conversations. 

We eagerly anticipate another year of literary adventures, discovery, and growth within our vibrant reading community. Thank you for making 2023 a year to remember in the world of books at BFIS School!

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