aba-logo-color.jpgIt never ceases to amaze me which children’s books refuse to gather moss. Below are the independent bestsellers from the week ending February 17. Click on each list title to see the list in its entirety.


Children’s Interest

1. Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810994737
2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick, Scholastic, $22.99, 9780439813785
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810993136
4. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $11.99, 9780375842207
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie, Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316013680

The “Wimpy Kid” books continue to top the charts, with some recent award winners (“Part-Time Indian”, “Hugo Cabret”) in the mix as well. In my eyes a thoroughly agreeable bunch.


Children’s Illustrated

1. Gallop!
Rufus Butler Seder, Workman, $12.95, 9780761147633
2. Fancy Nancy Bonjour, Butterfly
Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $16.99, 9780061235887
3. Fancy Nancy at the Museum
Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $3.99, 9780061236075
4. Fancy Nancy and the Boy From Paris
Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper, $3.99, 9780061236099
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617

“Gallop!” maintains as the top seller this week, holding off Fancy Nancy’s bid for world domination for at least one more week. Publishers Weekly just ran the following “Behind the Bestsellers” piece on “Gallop!”:

Gallop! shot out of the gate last December, and hasn’t slowed down. It was the first-ever children’s book acquisition for Raquel Jaramillo, director of children’s books at Workman. The book utilizes a patented technology called Scanimation to animate the movements of several animals as the page is turned. More than 800,000 copies are in print, after 14 printings. And creator Rufus Butler Seder is hard at work on a followup, Swing!, using the same technology, this time featuring people in motion. (Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf February 21, 2008)


Children’s Fiction Series

1. Twilight (hardcover and paperback)
Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown
2. Magic Tree House (hardcover and paperback)
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House
3. His Dark Materials (hardcover and paperback)
Philip Pullman, Yearling
4. Harry Potter (hardcover and paperback)
J.K. Rowling, ScholasticArthur A. Levine
5. Alex Rider Adventures (hardcover and paperback)
Anthony Horowitz, Puffin

I don’t know much about the “Twilight” series (a bit to YA for my K-6 tastes), but the others are consistently in demand in the school libraries where I work.