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

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