20 Best-Selling Children’s Books, then (2001) and now (2010)

The numbered titles are the 2001 top 20 of all time children’s best sellers, the bold titles are the 2010 top 20 of all time children’s best sellers. Although we don’t think the 2010 research was conducted by the same group or in the same way, for one thing the 2010 was by The Children’s Reading Club, the 2001 research by Publisher’s Weekly, if the comparison did hold up, it would seem to indicate how influential movies are on children’s reading habits, or parent’s buying habits.

  • Title/Author
  • Number of Copies Sold
  • 1. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey (HC)
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (100 Million)
  • 14,898,341
  • 2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (PB)
  • The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis (85M)
  • 9,899,696
  • 3. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (PB)
  • The Little Prince by A de St-Exuprey (80M)
  • 9,695,159
  • 4. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (HC)
  • Heidi’s Years of Wandering & Learning by J Spyri (50M)
  • 9,380,274
  • 5. Tootle by Gertrude Crampton (HC)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (50M)
  • 8,560,277
  • 6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (HC)
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (45M)
  • 8,143,088
  • 7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (HC)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (45M)
  • 7,913,765
  • 8. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (HC)
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Halllows by JK Rowling (44)
  • 7,562,710
  • 9. Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson (HC)
  • The Adventures of Pinnochio by C. Collodi (25M)
  • 7,476,395
  • 10. Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton (HC)
  • The Very Hungry Catepiller by Eric Carle (30M)
  • 7,366,073
  • 11. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (HC)
  • The Wind in Willows by K Grahame (25M)
  • 7,220,982
  • 12. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (PB)
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (20M)
  • 7,131,648
  • 13. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (PB)
  • Where the Wild Things Are by M. Sendak (19M)
  • 6,970,000
  • 14. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (PB)
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (16M)
  • 6,754,308
  • 15. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (PB)
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (15M)
  • 6,636,267
  • 16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (PB)
  • The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey (15M)
  • 6,631,807
  • 17. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (PB)
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by R Dahl (13 M)
  • 6,478,427
  • 18. Shane by Jack Schaeffer (PB)
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (10 Million)
  • 6,397,270
  • 19. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (PB)
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss (1o Million)
  • 6,394,587
  • 20. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (PB)
  • Tootle by Gertrude Crampton (HC) (8 Million)
  • 6,393,523

* HC=Hardcover; PB=Paperback
Source: Publisher’s Weekly, 2001

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