aba-logo-color.jpgI’ve mentioned before that I work in a school library, not a bookstore. I know what students are checking out, but I’m not so sure about the books folks are actually buying these days. Sure, I have my opinions about what these books should be, but I always want to know what’s really moving units. The following links from the American Booksellers Association provide a piece of the puzzle. The rankings are based on sales figures from independent bookstores across U.S.

from sales the week ending January 13, 2008
(click each link to see the whole list)

Children’s Interest

1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $11.99, 9780375842207
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie, Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316013680
3. The Sweet Far Thing
Libba Bray, Delacorte, $17.99, 9780385730303


1. Gallop!
Rufus Butler Seder, Workman, $12.95, 9780761147633(click here to read the 100 Scope Notes Review)
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $17.95, 978006025492

Fiction Series

1. His Dark Materials (hardcover and paperback)
Philip Pullman, Yearling
2. Twilight (hardcover and paperback)
Stephenie Meyer, Megan Tingley
3. Magic Tree House (hardcover and paperback)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House