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January, 2011: Best Selling Kids’ Books, New Releases, and More …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 3, 2011

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


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The most coveted books that release this month:

Tony Baloney

by Pam Munoz Ryan

(Ages 3-6)

Words In The Dust

by Trent Reedy

(Ages 9-12)

Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras

by Mary Pope Osborne

(Ages 7-12)

Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride: The Protectors)

by James Patterson

(Young Adult

Across the Universe

by Beth Revis

(Young Adult)


The best selling children’s books this month:


Llama Llama Holiday Drama Llama Llama Holiday Drama

by Anna Dewdney

(Ages 0-5)

It's a Book It’s a Book

by Lane Smith

(Ages 4-8)

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

by Simon Beecroft

(Ages 7 and up)

Art & Max Art & Max

by David Wiesner

(Ages 4-8)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

by Barack Obama

(Ages 5-8)


The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book One       The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9-12)

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9-11)

Witch & Wizard: The Gift

by James Patterson

(Ages 10 and up)

The Lying Game

by Sara Shepard

(Ages 14 and up)


by Ally Condie

(Ages 12 and up)


Hush, Hush Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

(Ages 14 and up)

The Book Thief The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

(Ages 14 and up)

Fallen Fallen

by Lauren Kate

(Ages 12 and up)

Witch & Wizard: The Gift Witch & Wizard: The Gift

by James Patterson

(Young Adult)

The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

(Ages 10 and up)


by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9 to 12)

Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset

by Suzanne Collins

(Ages 12 and up)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of BooksDiary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

(Ages 9 to 12)

The Twilight Saga CollectionThe Twilight Saga Collection

by Stephenie Meyer

(Ages 12 and up)

Harry Potter BooksHarry Potter

by J. K. Rowling

(Ages 10 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.

Know of any kids’ literacy or author events that are happening during the month of November or December? 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.

  • Harper Collins is publishing Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden in April. This is the first of three books HC plans to publish in this new series by my wife. Please look out for the first book – and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as Steph did writing it.

    January 4, 2011
  • Also, you can find out more about Steph at http://www.stephaniebarden.com.

    January 4, 2011
    • It’s great that you’re an advocate for your wife’s work. I wish her the best of luck with the release. You must be very proud of her!

      January 4, 2011
  • Thank You!

    It has been great fun to watch the process – and see Steph bring the quirks of kids we know to paper (the main story is based on my twin nieces). It only got better whe Diane Goode agreed to create the illustrations – which are amazing and make us laugh everytime we look at them.

    January 6, 2011

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