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18 March 2013 @ 06:49 pm
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Publisher's Weekly posted the list of bestselling books for kids from 2012. Here are the top books front and back list. Looking at these numbers, it seems as though the market for children's and YA literature is alive and well. It also appears that kids still love to read serially (one of the stages in the development of lifelong readers is unconscious delight which is often associated with serial reading). Children's picture books, early chapter books, and YA novels are all represented. Notice that there are books here from the 50s and 60s as well as contemporary titles. Some of the titles have movie tie-ins. I think this is a good place to begin if you know colleagues who need to read authentic literature for kids. It might also be good to select some of these to share with parents who are looking for titles appropriate for their own children. See how many of these you know.

FRONT LIST


The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion (1,425,754).
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet (1,401,799).
The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion (783,180)
Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries #4). Rachel Renée Russell. S&S/Aladdin (727,660)
Insurgent. Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen (615,411)
Tales From a Not So Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries #5). Rachel Renée Russell. S&S/Aladdin (607,929)
300,000+
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Little, Brown/Patterson Young Readers (498,894)
Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff.) (Junie B., First Grader #28). Barbara Park, illus. by Denise Brunkus. Random House
Hidden. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. St. Martin’s Griffin (428,469)
“Who Could That Be at This Hour?” (All the Wrong Questions #1). Lemony Snicket, illus. by Seth. Little, Brown (383,274)
Big Nate Goes for Broke. Lincoln Peirce. HarperCollins (382,984)
Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started. Justin Bieber. HarperCollins (340,088)
I Funny. James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Little, Brown/Patterson Young Readers (327,315)
A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House #48). Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Sal Murdocca. Random House
Lincoln’s Last Days. Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. Holt (316,696)
Disney Bedtime Favorites. Disney Press (310,838)
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth. Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. HarperCollins (308,566)
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Eric Litwin, illus. by James Dean. HarperCollins (308,065)
200,000+
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Ian Falconer. S&S/Atheneum (299,393)
The Fault in Our Stars. John Green. Dutton (292,747)
Confessions of a Murder Suspect. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Little, Brown/Patterson Young Readers (284,887)
Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure. James Patterson. Little, Brown/Patterson Young Readers (275,340)
Dr. Seuss’s ABC. Dr. Seuss. Random House
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers. Dav Pilkey. Scholastic (266,181)
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. HarperCollins (253,572)

Hardcover Backlist
500,000+

Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press, 2009 (4,431,869)
Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press, 2010 (3,427,354)
The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press, 2008 (903,457)
Green Eggs and Ham. Dr Seuss. Random House, 1960
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1960
Goodnight Moon (board book). Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd. HarperFestival, 1991 (605,779)
Cabin Fever. (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet, 2011 (584,234)
The Lorax. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1971
The Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1957
300,000+
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1990
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book. Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet, 2011 (446,123)
Dr. Seuss’s ABC (board book). Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1996
Guess How Much I Love You (board book). Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram. Candlewick, 1995 (414,455)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (board book). Bill Martin Jr., illus. by Eric Carle. Holt, 1996 (385,126)
Little Blue Truck (board book). Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry. HMH, 2008 (381,808)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (board book). Eric Carle. Philomel, 1994 (369,560)
5-Minute Princess Stories. Disney Press, 2011 (354,797)
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (board book). Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1996
Princess Bedtime Stories. Disney Press, 2010 (314,104)
200,000+
Fox in Socks. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1965
I Love You Through and Through. Bernadette Rossetti Shustak, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church. Scholastic/Cartwheel, 2005 (289,896)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle, 2011 (283,859)
Giraffes Can’t Dance. Giles Andreae, illus. by Guy Parker-Rees. Scholastic/Orchard, 2001 (277,741)
Hop on Pop. Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1963
Go, Dog. Go! P.D. Eastman. Random House, 1961
 
 
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Kristidampscribbler on March 20th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Maybe I shouldn't mention this but I'm kinda squicked out by how many books James Patterson sells. The examples of his writing I've read were atrocious.

This is a fascinating list, though, thanks so much for sharing it! I'm also astonished to see that The Fault in Our Stars sold fewer than 300,000 last year, since pretty much everywhere I looked it was being recommended. Really interesting information.