Best Selling Children’s Books-New York Times Children’s Books Best Seller List

Best Selling Children's Books The New York Times has released a new list of the best selling children’s books which includes picture books and chapter books that children of all ages love to read. Reading over the list of the best selling children’s books, and how some books remain on the top sellers list for several weeks, you can clearly see that kids books are still a favorite pastime.

These books may or may not make it on the list of best selling children’s books of all time, but if nothing else, some of these books at least deserve to be on the top of the list of most popular children’s books and added to your Christmas gift list for kids that like to read.

Here is the Top 10 list of best selling children’s picture books and chapter books, according to the NY Times, for a total of 20 children’s books.

Best Selling Children Picture Books

1. Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. (Ages 4-8) 32 weeks on the best seller list!

2. Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder. (Ages 4-8) 95 weeks on the best seller list!

3. Marley Goes to School by John Grogan. (Ages 3-8) 6 weeks on the best seller list!

4. Goldilicious by Victoria Kann. (Ages 5-8) 15 weeks on the best seller list!

5. Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus by Ferdinand Zoticus deLessups. (Ages 9-12) 1 week on the best seller list!

6. Swing! by Rufus Butler Seder (Ages 4-8) 47 weeks on the best seller list!

7. The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinckney (Ages 4-8) 1 week on the best seller list!

8. Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! by Vicki Myron (Ages 4-8) 1 week on the list of best sellers!

9. Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire! By Jane O’Connor (Ages 4-7) 19 weeks on the best seller list!

10. Truckery Rhymes (Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown) by Jon Scieszka (Ages 3-8) 2 weeks on the best seller list!

Best Selling Children Chapter Books

Teenager Reading 1. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins (Ages 12 and up) 1 week on the NY Times best seller list!

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Ages 12 and up) 52 weeks on the best seller list!

3. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins (Ages 14 and up) 2 weeks on the best seller list!

4. Sent (Missing) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Ages 8-12) 2 weeks on the best seller list!

5. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad (Ages 14 and up) 12 weeks on the best seller list!

6. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Ages 12 and up) 6 weeks on the best seller list!

7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Ages 10 and up) 49 weeks on the best seller list!

8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Ages 14 and up) 46 weeks on the best seller list!

9. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (Ages 14 and up) 12 weeks on the best seller list!

10. Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust (Ages 12 and up) 6 weeks on the best seller list!

Getting children or teens to read more often, and off of those addictive video games or vegetating in front of the television set for hours on end, is a very good thing.

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5 Responses to “Best Selling Children’s Books-New York Times Children’s Books Best Seller List”

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  1. Janet Fox says:

    I’m surprised the Harry Potter series didn’t make it to the list :O

    • Lin says:

      Hi Janet,

      I would guess the Harry Potter books and maybe even the Twilight books were on the NY Times best seller list when they first came out.

  2. Janet Fox says:

    Yeah.. I just thought the Harry Potter series would continue to be on the charts. Its still quite popular among kids.

    Anyways, thanks for posting this list. My niece’s b’day is coming up and I was thinking about something nice to gift her. I guess I’ll pick up some books now 🙂

    I was just thinking that books make such precious gifts. They are so much better than the “crowns” and “magic wands” that I see folks picking up. There seem to be a huge line of otherwise futile glittery glamor products out there to grab kids’ attention. I think parent’s should make a wise decision about what they purchase for their children.

    • Lin says:

      Janet,

      The Harry Potter books are a spectacular series that kids and adults love. I couldn’t wait for each new book to come out so I could run out and get it. It seems the Twilight books are very popular too, but I haven’t read any of those.

      I agree with you that books are a great gift for kids or adults, and it doesn’t even matter what the occasion is. With Christmas on its way, finding a small paperback book that a kid is interested in and would love to read, is a great addition to the Christmas stocking.

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