nytimeslogo.gifI recently posted about what books were selling at the nations independent bookstores. Now for the other side of the coin. The New York Times Bestseller list gives another perspective on what books are inspiring people to say “I would like to own that”.  Excerpts from the most recent list appear below.

(click on the links to see the entire list)


Picture Books

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1 GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8 ) 9
2 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: ALL ACCESS, by N. B. Grace. Various illustrators. (Disney, $19.99.) A scrapbook based on the movies. (Ages 8 and up) 8
3 SMASH! CRASH!, by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon. (Simon & Schuster, $16.99.) A truck named Jack and a dump truck named Dan love to smash into things. (Ages 3 to 7) 1

Chapter Books

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1 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Abrams, $12.95.) The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12) 39
2 DARK RIVER, by Erin Hunter. (HarperCollins, $16.99.) Cat warriors must choose between good and evil; Book 2 of a Warriors fantasy series. (Ages 9 to 12) 2
3 THE NIXIE’S SONG, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. (Simon & Schuster, $10.99.) Fire-breathing giants are on the rampage in Florida. (Ages 9 to 12) 13

Paperback Books

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1 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi book-burnings and shares them with a Jewish man. (Ages 14 and up) 18
2 I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU, by Ally Carter. (Hyperion, $8.99.) A girl in spy school falls for a local boy. (Ages 12 and up) 3
3 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES THE FURY AND DARK REUNION, by L. J. Smith. (Harper Teen, $8.99.) A girl is torn between two vampire brothers. (Ages 12 and up) 3

Series Books

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1 THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. (Megan Tingley/Little Brown, hardcover and paperback.) Vampires and werewolves in high school. (Ages 12 and up) 23
2 HIS DARK MATERIALS, by Philip Pullman. (Knopf/Yearling, hardcover and paperback.) A girl uncovers a conspiracy bridging worlds. (Ages 10 and up) 7
3 THE GEMMA DOYLE TRILOGY, by Libba Bray. (Delacorte, hardcover and paperback.) A student jumps from her world to a magical realm. (Ages 12 and up) 3