I keep an eye on both the New York Times Bestseller list and the American Bookseller Association list to see which kids books are popular, but I dream of a different list entirely. The dream list I speak of would be a national list of the most checked out children’s books from public and school libraries. See, the NYT and ABA give a snapshot of what’s moving units, but who is it making the purchases? Aside from the occasional busted piggie bank, it’s adults ponying up the cash. I want the unfiltered view of what kids like. Give me that and I would be a happy man. Until that becomes a reality, I bring you the books that may (or may not) be the most popular with America’s youngsters:

PICTURE BOOKS
This
Week
Weeks
On List
1 GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8) 32
2 ALPHABET, by Matthew Van Fleet. (Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) An interactive safari ABC. (Ages 2 to 6) 11
3 READ ALL ABOUT IT!, by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush. Illustrated by Denise Brunkus. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) A boy is surprised to discover that he loves story-books. (Ages 4 to 8) 9
4 LADYBUG GIRL, by Jacky Davis and David Soman. Illustrated by David Soman. (Dial, $16.99.) Creativity and the right outfit let a little girl feel bigger. (Ages 4 and up) 14
5 DON’T BUMP THE GLUMP!, written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) His first collection of nonsense verse, originally published in 1964. (Ages 5 and up) 11

Gallop, folks, Gallop. The Scanimation powerhouse just keeps on keepin’ on. Look for Rufus Butler Seder’s new book “Swing!” when it is released on October 15.

CHAPTER BOOKS
This
Week
Weeks
On List
1 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet/Abrams, $12.95.) How Greg embarrassed himself on his vacation; a sequel to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” (Ages 9 to 12) 23
2 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet/Abrams, $12.95.) The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12) 62
3 LOCK AND KEY, by Sarah Dessen. (Viking, $18.99.) A free-spirited high school girl is sent to live with her wealthy older sister. (Ages 12 and up) 9
4 SEEKERS: THE QUEST BEGINS, by Erin Hunter. (HarperCollins, $16.99.) The adventures of three bear cubs. (Ages 12 and up) 4
5 THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. (Scholastic, $22.99.) A novel in words and pictures; an orphaned thief must decipher his father’s last message. (Ages 9 to 12) 64

Both “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” installments are still on top. I bet you a buck they’ll still be in the top 5 when the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw” comes out in January 17, 2009.