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Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Most popular book in public libraries in 2012

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Irish children are great readers and very influential users of public libraries. Figures released by Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency show that children’s authors dominated the ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists in Ireland’s 336 public libraries in 2012. Children’s books now represent 46% of all books borrowed. Nine children’s authors made it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for last year, with Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, the most popular for the fourth successive year with over 155,000 library loans.

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with stars such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten, alongside Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson.

The most borrowed titles list is dominated by the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series by American author Jeff Kinney highlighting the adventures of school boy Greg Heffley. This series of books has become even more popular following the series of films based on the books. The influence of the Dublin City Library’s initiative, ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ is reflected in the placing of the Dubliners by James Joyce at number 7 in the most borrowed adult fiction titles. The public’s appetite for crime thrillers shows no signs of waning. For the third successive year, prolific US writer James Patterson remains the most popular adult fiction author with almost 71,000 library loans. UK thriller writer Lee Child author of the hugely successful Jack Reacher series is the second most-borrowed adult fiction author with almost 50,000 loans. The 2012 Jack Reacher film with actor Tom Cruise in the lead role has certainly helped increase loan figures. In total, five authors writing in the crime and thriller genres appear in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Authors list.

Irish writers and illustrators, both children’s and adult, are attracting lots of Irish readers, with 13 featuring in the top 100. Darren Shan, author of horror and fantasy books is the most popular Irish author for the fourth year running.

Alan Early’s adventure story ‘Arthur Quinn and the world serpent’ is the most popular fiction title by an Irish author. The story is set in Dublin, where Viking mythology comes to life. This book was the title of Dublin City Libraries citywide reading for children promotion in Spring 2012.

The most popular non-fiction books were the Guinness World Records 2011 and the Official Driver Theory Test.

American author Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel ‘The Help’ assumes the position as most borrowed adult fiction book. The story about African-American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s was also adapted for the screen and released in 2011.

The lists are compiled by Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by all public libraries in Ireland. 12,722 authors resident in forty-three countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2012. €221,482.06 was paid out to 4,685 authors in respect of their total library loans. Nineteen authors received the maximum payment of €1,000, and the rate-per-loan was 5.3 cent. PLR is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

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Notes for Editors

There are over 16.4 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in over 19 million loans of books and non-book materials. Under the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme, payment is made to authors, illustrators, etc. whose books are borrowed from the country’s 336 public libraries. PLR is managed by the Local Government Management Agency and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2012

1. Most Borrowed Titles 2012 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Truth
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
4 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
5 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick rules
6 Kathryn Stockett The Help
7 Guinness World Records Guinness World Records 2011
8 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog days
9 Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
10 Alan Early Arthur Quinn and the world serpent

2. Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2012

Position Author Title
1 Kathryn Stockett The Help
2 John Grisham The litigators
3 Julian Barnes The sense of an ending
4 Maeve Binchy Minding Frankie
5 Jon McGregor Even the Dogs
6 Stieg Larsson The girls with the dragon tattoo
7 James Joyce Dubliners
8 Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s side
9 Jo Nesbo Headhunters
10 Lee Child The Affair

3. Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2012

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
4 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
5 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick rules
6 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog days
7 Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
8 Alan Early Arthur Quinn and the world serpent
9 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
10 Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine

4. Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2012 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Alan Early Arthur Quinn and the world serpent
2 Marita Conlon-McKenna: illustrated by Donald Teskey Under the hawthorn tree
3 Maeve Binchy Minding Frankie
4 Nicola Pierce: illustrated by Emma Byrne Spirit of the Titanic
5 Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox Eva’s Journey
6 Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox Alice in the middle
7 James Joyce Dubliners
8 Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox Alice & Megan Forever
9 Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s side
10 Judi Curtin Eva’s holiday

5. Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2012

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Craig Glenday Guinness World Records 2011
2 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
3 Rhonda Byrne The Secret
4 Maureen Gaffney Flourishing
5 Jamie Oliver Jamie’s 30-minute Meals

6. Most Borrowed Authors 2012 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Adult/Children
1 Roderick Hunt C
2 Daisy Meadows C
3 Francesca Simon C
4 Roger Hargreaves C
5 Jacqueline Wilson C
6 Enid Blyton C
7 Adam Blade C
8 James Patterson A
9 Roald Dahl C
10 Julia Donaldson C

7. Most Borrowed Authors 2012 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Lee Child
3 Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
4 Darren Shan
5 Michael Connelly
6 Jodi Picoult
7 Maeve Binchy
8 John Grisham
9 Harlan Coben
10 Danielle Steel

8. Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2012

Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt
2 Daisy Meadows
3 Francesca Simon
4 Roger Hargreaves
5 Jacqueline Wilson
6 Enid Blyton
7 Adam Blade
8 Roald Dahl
9 Julia Donaldson
10 Terry Deary

Most Borrowed Authors 2012

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Details of the 100 most borrowed authors for PLR Year 2012 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Authors 2012

Position Author Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt 26 Maeve Binchy
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Rose Impey
3 Francesca Simon 28 Karen McCombie
4 Roger Hargreaves 29 Marita Conlon-McKenna
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 John Grisham
6 Enid Blyton 31 R.L. Stine
7 Adam Blade 32 Harlan Coben
8 James Patterson 33 Eoin Colfer
9 Roald Dahl 34 Danielle Steel
10 Julia Donaldson 35 Meg Cabot
11 Terry Deary 36 Georges Prosper Remi (Hergé)
12 Lee Child 37 Holly Webb
13 Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb 38 Ian Whybrow
14 Jeff Kinney 39 Cathy Cassidy
15 JK Rowling 40 Martin Handford
16 Dav Pilkey 41 Karen Wallace
17 Darren Shan 42 Tess Gerritsen
18 Michael Connelly 43 Lucy Daniels
19 Fiona Watt 44 Rene Goscinny
20 Anthony Horowitz 45 Roddy Doyle
21 Judi Curtin 46 Sue Graves
22 Jodi Picoult 47 Jo Nesbo
23 Robert Muchamore 48 Alan Macdonald
24 Martin Waddell 49 Agatha Christie
25 Jeremy Strong 50 Kelly McKain
Position Author Position Author
51 Rick Riordan 76 Allan Ahlberg
52 Sheila O’Flanagan 77 Alexander McCall Smith
53 Lemony Snicket 78 John Connolly
54 Heather Amery 79 Linda Chapman
55 Sue Bentley 80 Clive Gifford
56 David Baldacci 81 Ann Bryant
57 Henning Mankell 82 Tony Bradman
58 Malachy Doyle 83 Mairi Mackinnon
59 Dr Seuss 84 Ian Rankin
60 Anne Fine 85 Anne Cassidy
61 Lucy Cousins 86 Melissa Hill
62 Felicity Brooks 87 Jeffery Deaver
63 Dick King-Smith 88 Cathy Kelly
64 Cynthia Rider 89 Tony Ross
65 Jean Adamson 90 Susan Lewis
66 Steve Cole 91 Jeanne Willis
67 Brianog Brady Dawson 92 Oisin Mcgann
68 Mary Higgins Clark 93 Ruth Rendell
69 Martina Cole 94 Karin Slaughter
70 Josephine Cox 95 Stieg Larsson
71 Anita Ganeri 96 Lynda La Plante
72 Sally Grindley 97 Lesley Pearse
73 Jenny Oldfield 98 Kathy Reichs
74 Derek Landy 99 Sue Mongredien
75 Cathy Hopkins 100 Clive Cussler

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.

For further information please contact: Libraries Development,

Most Borrowed Titles 2012

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Details of the 100 most borrowed titles for PLR Year 2012 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles 2012
Position Title Author/Contributor
1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth: Book 5 Jeff Kinney
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Jeff Kinney
4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Jeff Kinney
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick rules Jeff Kinney
6 The Help Kathryn Stockett
7 Guinness world records 2011 Guinness World Records
8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog days Jeff Kinney
9 Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
10 Arthur Quinn and the world serpent Alan Early
11 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
12 The Official Driver Theory Test Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority
13 Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
14 Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
15 Horrid Henry and the mummy’s curse Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
16 Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
17 Horrid Henry and the football fiend Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
18 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
19 Kensuke’s kingdom Michael Morpurgo: illustrated by Michael Foreman
20 Horrid Henry’s underpants Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
21 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
22 Horrid Henry’s revenge Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
23 Under the hawthorn tree Marita Conlon-McKenna: illustrated by Donald Teskey
24 Horrid Henry Robs the Bank Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
25 The litigators John Grisham
26 Little darlings Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
27 Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
28 The sense of an ending Julian Barnes
29 Horrid Henry and the secret club Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
30 Horrid Henry and the abominable snowman Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
31 Horrid Henry’s Christmas cracker Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
32 Horrid Henry’s haunted house Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
33 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
34 Minding Frankie Maeve Binchy
35 Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
36 Horrid Henry and other stories Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
37 Even the dogs Jon McGregor
38 Spirit of the Titanic Nicola Pierce: illustrated by Emma Byrne
39 Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
40 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
41 Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman Dav Pilkey
42 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
43 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood Jeff Kinney
44 Horrid Henry’s Birthday Party: (Early Reader) Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
45 Horrid Henry Rocks Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
46 Eva’s journey Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
47 Alice in the middle Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
48 Dubliners James Joyce: Introduction by John Boyne
49 Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants Dav Pilkey
50 The longest whale song Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
51 Horrid Henry’s Holiday: (Early Reader 3) Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
52 Alice & Megan forever Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
53 Horrid Henry gets rich quick Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
54 On Canaan’s side Sebastian Barry
55 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
56 Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
57 Eva’s holiday Judi Curtin
58 Headhunters Jo Nesbo
59 Bonjour Alice Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
60 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
61 Wildflower girl Marita Conlon-McKenna: illustrated by Donald Teskey
62 Me and my sisters Sinead Moriarty
63 The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: The night of the nasty nostril nuggets : the sixth epic novel, Part 1 Dav Pilkey
64 Dog days Jeff Kinney
65 Lily alone Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
66 Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredible Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space Dav Pilkey
67 Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Dav Pilkey
68 The affair Lee Child
69 The moment Douglas Kennedy
70 Horrid Henry’s nits Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
71 Red mist Patricia Cornwell
72 Where’s Wally? The Wonder Book Martin Handford
73 Don’t ask Alice Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
74 Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children’s Edition J.K. Rowling
75 Sapphire Battersea Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
76 Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets Dav Pilkey
77 Alice to the Rescue Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
78 The time spell Judi Curtin
79 Ferno : the fire dragon Adam Blade
80 The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey
81 The worst thing about my sister Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
82 The return journey: and other stories Maeve Binchy
83 The Slap Christos Tsiolkas
84 Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days Megan McDonald: illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
85 Greyhound of a Girl Roddy Doyle
86 Matilda Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
87 James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
88 Starring Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
89 Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone J.K.

Children’s writers rule in UK PLR’s most borrowed authors list

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Six children’s writers appear in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors in UK libraries, according to the annual data released by Public Lending Right (PLR) UL on February 8.

 

They are Daisy Meadows, the brand behind the “Rainbow Magic” series (2nd); Julia Donaldson (3rd); Francesca Simon, author of the “Horrid Henry” series (5th); Dame Jacqueline Wilson (6th); Mick Inkpen (9th) and Adam Blade, the brand behind the “Beast Quest” series (10th).