Tweens vote for their favorite book series

harry potter book next to jar of jellybeans, candle, and feather
Harry Potter: a strong contender, because it comes with bonus jellybeans and props.

If you ever think that kids today don’t read or don’t care about books, listen to this story!

We recently visited Old Tucson Studios for their annual Ted Walker Youth Day, with an information table about the library and our services. We let kids vote for their favorite book series. Since we were talking to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, we let them choose between:

Who won? The delightfully-illustrated Diary of A Wimpy Kid, by a landslide!

What we heard:

“But I love all these books! How can I pick?!”

“Oh, I read this one – but I’ve read all of these – it’s so difficult!”

And of course the kids who had a passionate attachment to one series or another let us know –

stickers on paper indicating kids' votes for favorite books
Voting results are in! The paper got so full of stickers, we had to make a second one!

“Harry Potter! I’ve read the whole series! My favorite one is the fourth one.” 


“I love Wimpy Kid!” “

"Oooh, oooh, Dork Diaries!”

One kid turned to another after voting and said, “They really get us.” I don’t mind confessing I got a little misty-eyed.

Even when the same kids stopped by the table hours later, unsure if they’d seen us before, they remembered voting and getting excited about their vote. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently - kids love books!

Put some of their favorites on hold today: they're perfect for reading or rereading!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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