What Toronto Read in 2022 : Children's Books

December 7, 2022 | Mike

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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.

Covers of the ten most borrowed children's authors in 2022.

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.

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

1. Dav Pilkey

The author of Dog Man, Captain Underpants and Cat Kid Comic Club continues to amuse kids of all ages with irresistibly fun comics.

Big Nate Stays Classy by Lincoln Peirce

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.

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

3. Geronimo Stilton

The Geronimo Stilton series has been spun off into fantasy novels, graphic novels and books featuring other characters like Thea Stilton and Creepella von Cacklefur.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

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.

Waiting is not Easy! by Mo Willems

5. Mo Willems

It’s hard to visit the children’s area of a library branch and not come across a Mo Willems book, whether it is the Pigeon series of picture books or the Elephant and Piggie beginner readers.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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.

Wings of Fire The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland

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.

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

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.

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

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.


Want to see what else Toronto read in 2022? Check out the list of the most popular adult books and teen books.

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