We’re back with the second installment of On Hold @ the Library, my humble attempt to bring you the books that kids are asking for. Each month I vow to show you photographic evidence of the hold shelf at one of the school libraries where I work. Last month we looked at the 5th and 6th grade picks, so it’s time to switch things up. This month our hold shelf is from my K-4th grade school:


Picky Mrs. Pickle by Christine M. Schneider. I didn’t expect to see this one. It’s not the first picture book I would expect to see on hold. I like it when these lower-profile titles pop up.

Out From Boneville (Bone #1) by Jeff Smith. The Great Cow Race (Bone #2) by Jeff Smith. I cannot say I’m surprised to see these. I’ve mentioned in a previous post on graphic novels that the Bone series should be in the school library starter pack. Kids really can’t get enough of these.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by James Luceno. Never underestimate the power of the cinema. I added this one by student request and it’s been checked out ever since.

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary. I’m happy to see this on the hold shelf. Earlier this year I weeded a bunch of rough-looking Beverly Cleary titles and purchased updated versions. Good to see that these classics are making the rounds.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. Huh. This one just showed up on ALA’s list of the most frequently challenged books of 2008 and kids aren’t fleeing in fear? All of the Scary Stories titles are hold shelf regulars.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. No explanation necessary.

Look for more books on hold next month.