The 10 Most Checked-Out Books in N.Y. Public Library HistoryHistorians in the News
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New York Public Library books have been circulating among New York City homes for 125 years. Now the library system, the largest of its kind in the United States, has crunched the numbers to come up with the 10 most checked-out books in its history.
Perhaps not surprisingly, more than half are books for children or young readers. No. 1 is “The Snowy Day,” Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book that is one of the first to depict an African-American boy, which has been checked out 485,583 times. Next is Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” (469,650).
Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” (436,016), “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White (337,948), J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (231,022) and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle (189,550) also made the top 10.
Librarians and analysts spent over six months parsing through hundreds of titles to compile the list. They considered all book formats, including e-books and foreign-language editions.
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