The Children’s Book Review | May 5, 2014
Best Selling Books for Kids
This month, the popular Who Was …? biography series is back on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list. And the list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children’s Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features the same popular dystopian thriller series as last month from the likes of Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins, the adventurous Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and the relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.
The Children’s Book Review’s Best Selling Kids Series Books
These illustrated biographies provide a lot of great information about fascinating figures in history (and current figures too!) while still providing entertainment through the short chapters and illustrations.
Using these books and the bibliographies included in the back as a starting place, have students do research on one of the famous figures in the Who Was series. Encourage them to look on educational websites for additional resources, such as videos or pictures as well, and have them create a report or website with what they find. Have students go one step further, and have them write a biography about themselves, someone in their family, or a good friend that follows the structure of the Who Was series books.
Ages 7-11 | Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Nationwide Best Selling Kids Series Books
The Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. A girl must prove her mettle in a dystopia divided into five factions.
Ages 14 and up | Publisher: HarperCollins
The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Gamestrilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in a beautiful boxset edition. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!
Ages 12 and up | Publisher: Scholastic
By Jeff Kinney
An exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to.
Ages 9 to 12 | Publisher: Amulet Books
Enter the secret world of the Shadowhunters City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. The Mortal Instruments books have more than five million copies in print
Ages 14 and up | Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
By Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense in … The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless…
Ages 10 and up | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
This information for the best selling books was gathered from the New York Times Best Sellers list, which reflects the sales of books from books sold nationwide, including independent and chain stores. It is correct at the time of publication and presented in random order. Visit www.nytimes.com for their most current and up-to-date list.
Check out our picks for the best kids series with releases in 2013, as picked by the editors and contributors of The Children’s Book Review. Nothing beats a good series when you have an avid reader on your hands!