What Toronto Read in 2022 : Children's Books
If you were looking for a laugh this past year, our most popular books for children would have been a good place to start. Six of the ten biggest series/authors from the past year are funny, followed by three fantasy series.
Comics and graphic novels continue to be popular with younger readers, including titles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid that incorporate comics into the story. Adapting novels into graphic novels is also a trend with popular fiction titles.
Here are our most popular children’s authors and series of the year, based on checkouts and active holds.
1. Dav Pilkey
2. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
The popularity of the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce reached new heights in 2022 thanks to the new animated series based on the books.
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Readers have been following the life and misadventures of Greg Heffley since the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book debuted over fifteen years ago. The 17th book in the series, Diper Överlöde, came out in 2022.
5. Mo Willems
6. Rick Riordan
Fans of Rick Riordan were disappointed that the author did not release a new book in 2022, but the announcement of a new Percy Jackson book in 2023 is incredibly exciting!
7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The iconic series continues to be popular, especially in the audiobook format that is great for long family trips.
8. Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
The fantasy series about dragons has been gaining in popularity with each new book in the series, which first debuted in 2012. The graphic novel spinoff has been a big hit with kids.
9. The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
Changing your reputation can be hard – especially when you’re a shark or wolf! It was difficult to miss The Bad Guys in 2022 thanks in part to the animated movie that came out in April.
10. Raina Telgemeier
Kids continue to connect with the autobiographical graphic novels from Raina Telgemeier, whose book Guts was the most borrowed children’s book of the year. She has also written some books for the popular Baby-Sitters Club comic series.