Kathryn Wicks is the Associate Director of the Urbana Free Library.
At The Urbana Free Library, we enjoy sharing popular book titles with the community. Eager readers of all ages are always searching for page-turners they might add to their never-ending reading list. And they also want to hear what everyone else is reading. Because who does not get pleasure from learning they have read a book everyone is talking about?
What are people reading? To find out, I compiled a list of The Urbana Free Library’s top five circulating titles since January 1, 2016.
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
- Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
- Tricky Twenty-two: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
- The Guilty by David Baldacci
- I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems
The first title on the list was not a surprise—it is a nouveau classic by a much-respected Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The second through the fourth titles are contemporary novels by best-selling authors and also not a surprise. However, the fifth title on the list had me singing, “one of these things is not like the others,” because it is an easy reader book by award-winning children’s author, Mo Willems.
If you have not heard of Mo Willems, he is perhaps one of the biggest literary heroes for children and their parents. His books are alive with clever humor, poignant messages, and characters that speak volumes in brief action lines and word bubbles. Books written and illustrated by Willems speak to readers and engage them in the dialogue—such as children yelling “NO!” or “Yuck!” to the book characters. As an animator, illustrator, writer, and stand-up comic, his multi-faceted talents echo in his books and delight his audience.
I encourage you to check out I Really Like Slop! from your Library. Whether you share the title with a child or channel your inner child and enjoy it yourself, find out why eating slop is part of pig culture!