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Best Kids Stories — January 2013

Best Selling Kids’ Books & New Releases

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 2, 2013

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

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Hot New Releases

Some of the most coveted books that release this month …

Chu’s Day

By Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Adam Rex

Ages 4-8


By Victoria Kann

Ages 4-8

Inside Out and Back Again (Paperback)

By Thanhha Lai

Ages 8-12

Bad Kitty School Daze

By Nick Bruel

Ages 7-10

Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel

By Beth Revis

Ages 14 and up

The Best Sellers

Picture Books
This Is Not My Hat

By Jon Klassen

Ages 4-8

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

By Eric Litwin

Ages 4-8

Llama Llama Time to Share

By Anna Dewdney

Ages 3-5

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

By Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author), Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

Ages 4-8

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

By Ian Falconer

(Ages 3-7)

Middle Grade Books
I Funny: A Middle School Story

By James Patterson

Ages 9-12

“Who Could That Be at This Hour?”

By Lemony Snicket

Ages 9-12

LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia

By DK Publishing

Ages 6-12

Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

By Bill O’Reilly

Ages 10-15

Book WonderWonder

By R.J. Palacio

Ages 8-12

Young Adult Books
BookThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky

Ages 14 and up

The Fault in our Stars

By John Green

(Ages 14-17)


By Veronica Roth

(Ages 14 and up)

Looking for Alaska

By John Green

(Ages 14-17)

Insurgent (Divergent)

By Veronica Roth

Ages 14 and up

Series Books
Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset Hunger Games Trilogy

By Suzanne Collins

Ages 12 and up

Dork Diaries

By Rachel Renee Russell

Ages 9-12

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

By Jeff Kinney

Ages 9 to 12

The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries

By Rick Riordan

Ages 10-14

Matched Trilogy

By Ally Condie

Ages 14-17

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 full list.

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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.

  • This is a great list, Bianca. I enjoyed the diversity and breakdown of the categories. It is so hard to know which story is good for a specific age-group of children, but The Children’s Book Review breaks each title down nicely so that it is easy to see which titles would be appropriate for every individual child. I think it is great that you are taking the time to show your experience with children’s books, through your own family, to the world. Being partial to younger children’s books because of my own experience, I was particularly interested in your bestselling picture book section, although your bestselling series books retained my attention as well. I wonder if you saw the float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade of the main character from Diaries of a Wimpy Kid. I know that seeing such a familiar and quickly becoming beloved character made me smile.
    Keep up the great work!

    January 8, 2013
    • Thanks for your kind words, Jeff! It was great to see a kid lit character represented in the Macy’s Parade.

      January 8, 2013

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