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

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 2, 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 NEW RELEASES

The most coveted books that release this month:

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire

by Rick Riordan

(Ages 9-11)

The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

by Michael Scott

(Ages 12 and up)

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

by Jeanne Birdsall

(Ages 8-12)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

by Catherynne M. Valente

(Ages 12 and up)


THE BEST SELLERS

The best selling children’s books this month:

PICTURE BOOKS

A Friend for Einstein, the Smallest Stallion

by Charlie Cantrell

(Ages 3-8)

Silverlicious

by Victoria Kann

(Ages 5-8)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Phillip C. Stead

(Ages 2-6)

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

by Simon Beecroft

(Ages 7 and up)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

by Barack Obama

(Ages 5-8)

CHAPTER BOOKS

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

by Stephenie Meyer

(Ages 12 and up)

The Emerald Atlas

by John Stephens

(Ages 8-12)

I Am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

(Ages 14 and up)

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)

PAPERBACK BOOKS

Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen

(Ages 12 and up)

Witch & Wizard

by James Patterson

(Young Adult)

Beastly

by Alex Flinn

(Ages 13 and up)

Red Riding Hood

by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

(Ages 13 and up)

The Book Thief The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

(Ages 14 and up)

SERIES BOOKS

Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 10: The Emperor of Nihon-ja

by John Flanagan

(Ages 9-12)

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)

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. Visit: www.nytimes.com.

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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.

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