A Few Random Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2017
Publishers Weekly just released their list of the bestselling children’s book of 2017. I have a few thoughts . . .
- Pete the Cat, man. He keeps on keeping on. The bestselling new picture book of 2017 was 5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories. It beat out She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Dragons Love Tacos 2.
- But the overall bestselling picture book of 2017 was Oh, the Places You’ll Go. It wasn’t even close.
- More shockingly, the overall second bestselling picture book in America in 2017 was Giraffes Can’t Dance. Did you know this book was so popular?
- Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? Outsold the latest John Green novel.
- 2017 was the year of Wonder – bestselling children’s book of the year, film adaptation, it’s at the top of the mountain.
- If you’ve been around a library, this won’t come as a surprise, but Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man series seems to be the most popular newcomer series.
What jumps out to you?
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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