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What’s Hot in October, 2010? Author Events, Best Selling Kids’ Books, and More …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 1, 2010

Here’s the scoop on the most popular destinations on The Children’s Book Review site, the most coveted new releases, the bestsellers, and kids’ book events.


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The most coveted books that release this month:

The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9-12)

Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 9: Halt’s Peril

by John Flanagan

(Ages 9-12)

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

by Anna Dewdney

(Ages 0-5)

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy)

by James Dashner

(Young Adult)

The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets

by Rick Riordan

(Ages 8-12)

The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night)

by P. C. Cast

(Young Adult)

Art & Max

by David Wiesner

(Ages 4-8)

Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

by Jane O’connor

(Ages 4-8)

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

by Trenton Lee Stewart

(Ages 8-12)

Pinkalicious: Pink around the Rink

by Victoria Kann

(Ages 4-8)


The best selling children’s books this month:


My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story

by Jamie Lee Curtis

(Ages 4-8)

It’s a Book

by Lane Smith

(Ages 4-8)

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Follow

by Nancy Tillman

(Ages 4-8)

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

by Simon Beecroft

(Ages 7 and up)

We Are in a Book!

by Mo Willems

(Ages 3-7)


Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl

by Rachel Renée Russell

(Ages 9-13)

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

by John Grisham

(Ages 9-11)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

by Cassandra Clare

(Young Adult)

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9-11)


by Maggie Steifvater

(Young Adult)


by Beverly Cleary

(Ages 9-12)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

(Ages 12 and up)


by Maggie Stiefvater

(Ages 13 and up)

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

(Ages 14 and up)


by Alyson Noel

(Young Adult)


by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9 to 12)

Pretty Little Liars

by Sara Shepard

(Ages 14 and up)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid,

by Jeff Kinney

(Ages 9 to 12)

The Twilight Saga Collection

by Stephenie Meyer

(Ages 12 and up)

House of Night

by P. C. Cast

(Ages 14 and up)

This information 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. To see the full list you can visit: www.nytimes.com.


It’s no secret that it’s cool to read. Where can you be seen promoting literacy and encouraging kids to read?

Golden Kite, Golden Dreams: the SCBWI Awards
Jul 8 – Oct 1

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Sept 25 – Oct 2
Location: USA

Canadian Library Month
Theme: Your Library, Your World
Location: Canada

Tad Hills
Thursday, Oct 7, 2010, 4:00pm
Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco, USA
Featured Book: How Rocket Learned to Read

David Weisner
Thursday, Oct 7, 2010, 3:00pm
Location: Hicklebee’s 1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA, USA
Featured Book: Art & Max

David Shannon
Saturday, Oct 12, 2010, Call store for time
Location: The Storyteller, 30 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, CA, USA
Sunday, Oct 13, 2010, 3pm
Location: Hicklebee’s 1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA, USA
Featured Book: It’s Christmas, David!

Know of any kids’ literacy or author events that are happening during the month of October or November? Leave your suggestion in the comments field below.
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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • The Children’s Book Guild is pleased to honor Kathleen Krull with its 34th Nonfiction Award. The Award is presented annually to an author or illustrator whose total body of work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.

“Kathleen Krull’s zest for history, politics, music, art and many other subjects shines through her fine writing,” says Mary Quattlebaum, who chaired this year’s Nonfiction Award Committee. “Krull not only informs but excites her young readers—and helps spark their curiosity to learn more. 

 Check out the video interview with children’s author Kathleen Krull on MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids . She talks about her series GIANTS OF SCIENCE and how she goes about researching and writing her biographies for children.

    MEET ME AT THE CORNER(www.meetmeatthecorner.org) is a series of educational video podcasts for kids ages 6-12. New episodes are uploaded every two weeks, with a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities, a list of recommended books and links to fun websites about each topic.

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