The Children’s Book Review | August 5, 2015
Best Selling Books for Kids
This month’s best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store is perfect for getting ready to go back to school, it’s the new popular series Star Wars Workbooks. Our list of hand-selected series from the nationwide best selling Children’s Series list, as noted by The New York Times, features mostly the same exciting updates as last month: James Dashner’s Maze Runner series and Kiera Cass’s The Selection series. Chris Colfer’s fantastical series The Land of Stories has also made it to the list.
The Children’s Book Review’s Best Selling Kids Series Books
Star Wars Workbooks
Publisher’s Synopsis: The Force is strong with this series! Introducing a line of workbooks that marries the iconic popularity of Star Wars with the unique mix of editorial quality, fun presentation, and rigorous educational standards that Workman applied to the BRAIN QUEST Workbooks.
Twelve titles launch the series―three each for Pre-K through 2nd Grade―and dig deep into core subjects, including numbers, ABCs, phonics, and reading readiness for younger grades, and math, reading, and writing for the older ones. The material, which aligns with national Common Core State Standards, is designed to reinforce essential concepts and lessons taught in schools. Any child, not just fans of Star Wars―but yes, those fans will be especially delighted (as will reluctant learners)―will love the “A” is for Anakin approach to phonics. Kids will practice learning numbers by counting and circling X-wing starfighters and clone troopers. Master place values by sorting groups of Wookiees. There are math problems―Yoda is holding 7 lightsabers. 5 of the lightsabers are blue. The rest are green. How many green lightsabers is he holding? And Language Arts―Circle the correct homophone in this sentence: Luke is a Jedi knight/night.
Featuring favorite characters like Luke Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and other creatures, monsters, Jedi, and Sith, the workbooks are filled with thousands of original illustrations drawing from all six Star Wars movies and the expanded Star Wars universe.
Learn well, you will.
Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Nationwide Best Selling Kids Series Books
The Maze Runner
The #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds andThe Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
Ages 12+ | Publisher: Delacorte Press
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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
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
By Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
Ages 14 and up | Publisher: HarperTeen
The Land of Stories
Written by Chris Colfer
Publisher’s Synopsis: Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms!
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
For more great kids series, check out our articles tagged with Kids Series Books. Nothing beats a good series when you have an avid reader on your hands!