I volunteer at my daughter's public school library and have been tasked with weeding its fiction collection (excluding picture books). Here's my problem: unlike non-fiction, which can become obviously out-of-date, fiction doesn't age in the same way. Sure, some old books become dated but other old books become classics. So how do I figure out which are which (other than the obvious, well-known classics or award-winners)?
This is an urban public school which serves a primarily poor population, many of whom speak a language other than English at home. The kids' favorite books are the Wimpy Kid books and books of that ilk. Anything in a diary format and/or with illustrations is popular. As I reviewed the fiction shelves, I found tons of books which I've never seen children take out: books from the 60s and 70s, historical fiction, books about Native Americans, and so on. Those books are, to put it mildly, not exactly flying off the shelves. But some of them are great books. So... how do I decide which books to keep?
Any advice is appreciated.