‘Where The Wild Things Are’ is Brooklyn Public Library’s most borrowed book


The most borrowed title from the Brooklyn Public Library is “Where the Wild Things Are,” Maurice Sendak’s children’s fantasy classic.

Earlier this month, the library revealed the the first five books borrowed to mark the 125th anniversary of the historic institute.

The library has 163 copies in different languages ​​of the award-winning book about a boy named Max who goes on a journey – sometimes a rampage – through his own imagination after being sent to bed without supper.

He did not say how many times copies of the book were checked out, but noted that he considered several factors such as payment and circulation data, historical bestseller lists and years since. publication dates.

The library had been count down the list with ten titles a day starting with the 125th most borrowed book on October 27.

The bottom ten, published on November 14, showed the second most popular book was “The Snowy Day,” by fellow Jewish author Ezra Jack Keats.

The next three spots were taken by “The Cat in The Hat”, by Dr. Seuss, “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens and “Are You My Mother?” by PD Eastman.

“We look forward to the next 125 years of providing free and open access to information and connecting readers to the books and stories that will inspire them, spark their curiosity and keep them reading for decades to come,” said the president. and the library’s general manager, Linda Johnson. in a report.

The top two books have also battled in the past for the most borrowed book title in a similar list published in 2020 to mark 125 years since the opening of the New York Public Library. Keats’ book took the top spot on this list after being checked out 485,583 times.

“Where the Wild Things Are” won Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for Best Children’s Book of 1964 and became a hit movie in 2009. US President Bill Clinton later awarded Sendak a National Medal of Arts in 1996 for his extensive portfolio of works. .

Agencies contributed to this report.

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