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Summer Sellers

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the latest New York Times bestsellers. I snuck a peek, and I must say: encouraged. I’ll post the top 5 and you can click to see the whole thing.

First up, picture books (click the list to see the entire top 10):

A nice mix of new arrivals and bestseller vets. Good to see our most recent Caldecott winner still hanging out in this group. By the numbers:

3 – The number of books illustrated by Jon Klassen in the top 10.

3 – The number of books in the top 10 from Chronicle, more than any other publisher on the list.

2 – Appearances by Pete the Cat in the top 10.

101 – Number of weeks Press Here has been on the list (it’s at #6), the most of any book. As I’ve said , people kind of like it.

Next up, middle grade (click the list to see the entire top 10):

Two Newbery winners! Later in the list (at #7) we see Out of My Mind, which continues to be a sneaky bestseller, and Linda Sue Park makes an appearance at #10 with A Long Walk to Water – another unexpected (and very welcome) sight.

Anything you notice?

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.