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The New York Public Library has revealed the most frequently borrowed books in its 125-year history — and Brooklyn-born writer Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved “The Snowy Day” is at the top of the list.
The Caldecott Award-winning children’s tale, about an African American boy named Peter enjoying his city’s first snowfall of the season, has been checked out 458,583 times since it became part of the book lender’s catalog when it was published in 1962.
“It is such a relatable story and pure magic for kids and adults alike,” explained Andrew Medlar, one of the experts from the library who helped compile its “most-booked” list.
People “remember when they first heard it, and they want to share that experience with their kids,” he said.
Medlar and other book worms analyzed the data to come up with the top 10 most-withdrawn titles from the system’s branches in Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx, plus e-book checkouts.
Following “The Snowy Day” was another kid’s classic, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss, with 469,650 checkouts.
Other children’s books on the list included: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak (436,016 checkouts); E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” (337,948 checkouts) and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle (189,550 checkouts).
“The popularity of children’s books on this top-10 list shows that literacy and the love of reading is a high priority for all of us in New York City,” said Deborah Pope, executive director of the foundation bearing the name of Keats, who died in 1983.
The kiddie classic “Goodnight Moon” would have made the list were it not for former NYPL children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore — who hated the tome so much when it came out in 1947 that it wasn’t carried until 1972, the experts said.
Adult books in the top 10 tended to be staples of high-school reading lists, such as Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which landed at No. 5 with 422,912 withdrawals.
Current events also affected a title’s standing. George Orwell’s 1984 (441,770 checkouts) and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (316,404 checkouts) recently saw spikes in popularity due to the rise of dystopian fiction, Medlar said.
The oldest book on the list was Dale Carnegie’s ultimate self-help tome, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” which has been in print since 1936.
And even though it wasn’t published until the late 1990s, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” — the first installment of the popular series — ranked at No. 9 with 231,022 checkouts.
“The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived,” said NYPL president Anthony W. Marx.
“This list tells us something about New Yorkers over the last 125 years — what moves them, what excites them, what stands the test of time.”
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