Top 10 Most Popular Children's Books in Q2 2011

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Yep, we are talking children's bestsellers here! It's almost like the Oscars!

So get something to nibble and put your feet up on the table before we start!

BTW, who are the readers of Read Aloud Dad, apart from you?

Well, come closer .... let me whisper in your ear.

Roughly 50% of you - my dear readers - are women and 50% men, I guess.

(Ok, ok ... 90% of women is closer to the truth... but don't tell a living soul).

But what is 100% certain is that you are all children's book lovers.

So, book lovers, below you will find compiled data on bestselling titles in April, May and June 2011 - based on book orders through affiliate links on ReadAloudDad.com.

Included below is information on the Top 10 bestselling books in the following categories: 1. picture books 2. chapter books and treasuries 3. board books 4. non-fiction books, 5. book sets and 6. other formats.



TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PICTURE BOOKS in Q2 2011

The Top 10 bestseller list is headed - once again - by the incredible The Seven Silly Eaters, one of the most enjoyable read-alouds that I had the pleasure to review.

1. The Seven Silly Eaters     
by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee

A fabulous story about a dedicated mom and her seven fussy eaters who in the end surprise mom on her birthday with the present that she wanted the most. Dad's review

 The Seven Silly Eaters By Mary Ann Hoberman

2. Scaredy Squirrel
by Melanie Watt

Incredibly funny story about a frightened little squirrel that is afraid of everyone and everything. Will she be able to conquer her fears? Hillarious from first to last page! Enjoy all the sequels too. Dad's review
 
Scaredy Squirrel

3. The Wicked Big Toddlah        
by Kevin Hawkes

Richly illustrated story about a giant baby that is delivered by a stork to a New England family in Maine. Check out also a sequell with the toddlah in New York.

The Wicked Big Toddlah

4. Olivia       
by Ian Falconer

My twins adore quirky Olivia and her over-the-top ideas that typically land her in trouble ...with her parents who are worn out by her incessant energy.

Olivia

5. Miss Rumphius 
     by Barbara Cooney

A beautiful yarn that will help you tackle deeper issues with your kids - such as the meaning of life. Miss Rumphius feels she has to something to make the world more beautiful.

Miss Rumphius

6. Shark vs. Train
      by Tom Lichtenheld, illustrated by Chris Barton

Still going strong at our house - an over-the-top book that always produces laughs from my twins who adore the incessant competition between shark and train.         

Shark vs. Train

7. Art and Max
      by David Wiesner

David Wiesner has been awarded the Caldecott medal, not once, not twice - but three times! This simply means that his books are guarranteed to stun you. Enjoy this story about two unorthodox artists.

Art & Max

8. The Story of Ferdinand
      by Munro Leaf
 A classic by one of the greatest children's authors. A beautiful ode to pacifism - for all ages.

The Story of Ferdinand: 75th Anniversary Edition

9. The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)      
by Robert Munsch

Read Aloud Dad loves Robert Munsch! We have a large treasury with around 15 stories at home and this is one of them. Fantastic - keeps your mind on its toes. His stories are truly unpredictable.

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)

10. Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition
by Crockett Johnson
Interestingly, this classic story that never got serious attention from my twins. A classic of children's literature - we must re-read it some time soon!

 Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)


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TOP 10 CHAPTER BOOKS AND TREASURIES in Q2 2011

Who doesn't love chapter books? A good chapter book is hypnotic material! And treasuries - is there a better way to introduce your kid to a large volume of great children's books!

This Top 10 list is topped by Inga Moore's enchantingly illustrated edition of The Secret Garden tops. Enjoy this entrancing version of a timeless read-aloud classic.

Hot on its trail are two marvelously illustrated versions of two more children's classics - Peter Pan (illustrations: Scott Gustafson) and The Adventures of Pinocchio (illustrations: Roberto Innocenti)

Look no further for excellent read-aloud material.


1. The Secret Garden 
 by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Inga Moore

Pure beauty. This book will leave a deep mark on the childhood of your kid. Inga Moore's illustrations are hauntingly beautiful. Dad's review.

The Secret Garden


2. Peter Pan
      by J.M. Barrie, illustrated by Scott Gustafson
Another fabulous children's classic! Don't settle for Disneyfied fersions of Peter Pan only. This is a deep and thought-provoking story that is unmissable for grown-ups and children alike. A must-have for your home library. Dad's review.

Peter Pan

3. The Adventures of Pinocchio     
      by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
After searching high and low for the best illustrated edition of Carlo Coolodi's Pinocchio, I found it. Make sure that your kids enjoy the story about the little wooden boy in its full splendor. Simply unmissable! Dad's review.

The Adventures of Pinocchio (Creative Editions)


4. James Herriot's Treasury for Children:
Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small
by James Herriot
An incredible collection of heart-warming stories. It is difficult to explain how touching and beautiful this collection is. Penned by James Herriot (alias), a country vet, who records his most touching and memorable experiences from his carreer.  Dad's review.

James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small

5. Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales 
 by Beatrix Potter

Does any one really need an introduction to Beatrix Potter? If you do not have a copy of Beatrix Potter's tales in one volume, hre is the perfect choice. If you prefer a collection of small, individual books - perfect for small hands scroll downwards and you will see a Potter book set that is ideal. Dad's review.

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

6. Noddy Goes to Toyland
 by Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's most famous creation. My dear reader you are in luck. Noddy's adventures are available in around two dozen lovely illustrated books - so if you start your collection, start with this (the first) one. The story of a little wooden boy who comes to live in Toyland with the other toys who accept him as one of their own. Dad's review.

Noddy Goes to Toyland 

7. The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition
 by H. A. and Margret Rey

An absolute classic. The best of the best. For kids who are learning to listen to kids who are learning to read. These stories about a curious monkey will tickle your curiosity until you read all of George's adventures. They don't make them like this any more. Highly recommended. Dad's review.

The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition
         
8. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

Is there a home that does not need a classic collection of fairy tales penned by the Brothers Grimm?  Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, born in the late 18 century, documented an enormous number of popular stories full of magic, evil, wonder, revenge, retribution, love ... a potent mix that excites children all around the world. Just think .. Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Tom Thumb, Rapunzel, Cinderella and the Bremen Town Musicians.

The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales 

9. The Wind in the Willows (Great Illustrated Classics)

A family classic for all ages. I plan to review a beautiful illustrated version soon! Hush! Don't tell anyone.

The Wind in the Willows (Great Illustrated Classics) 

10. Three Tales of My Father's Dragon> 

This is one of the first chapter read alouds that I shared with my twins and boy did they adore it! Incredible stuff - I can't wait until we re-read the adventures of Elmer Elevator and Boris the Dragon! Dad's review.

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon


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TOP 10 BOARD BOOKS in Q2 2011

Nina Laden's exuberantly illustrated board book, Peek-A-Who? will excite your little ones as they participate in a fabulous peeking game. Not surprisingly, this charming board book tops the list of bestselling board books in the second quarter of 2011.



1. Peek-A Who?
      by Nina Laden 

What an interesting proposition for a board book. On alternating double pages, the words "Peek-A" are followed with an illustrated page with a hole behind which peeps a cow (MOO!), a green ghost (BOO!), and a mirror (YOU!).
Peek-A Who?

2. ABC, Baby Me!
by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Alicia Padron

Alphabetically-sorted daily activities from the viewpoint of babies who ask their parents and carers to "Adore", "Bathe", "Cuddle" them..   Adorable!
ABC, Baby Me!

3. Begin Smart Animal Faces 
(Bath book)

With a rattle sewn in, this book is certain to be a hit with the bathing baby crowd (as if they have a choice!) A new swimming buddy.
Begin Smart Animal Faces

4. Peekaboo Farm
(Touch-And-Feel Action Flap Book)
by Charlie Gardner

Peekaboo! My twins are almost four y.o. and they still get that coy smile on their faces when they hear someone say Peekaboo! Is there a baby that doesn't love playing Peekaboo? Here small farm animals are hiding behind flaps ... look carefully ... and PEEKABOO!
Peekaboo Farm (Touch-And-Feel Action Flap Book)

5. That's Not My Tractor...
(Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)
          by Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells

Fantastic range of different surfaces to stimulate a baby's mind and fingers. The bright colors will help to propel this book to the top of the favorite books pile!
That's Not My Tractor (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)

6. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
padded board book [Board Book]
by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Well, babies you can stop crying. Finally, this is a book that will you make you sit up and take notice (well, almost). Written by children's book heavyweights Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, do I need to say more?
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes padded board book

7. That's Not My Train
(Usbornetouchy-Feely)
    by Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells

Fantastic range of different surfaces to stimulate a baby's mind and fingers. The bright colors will help to propel this book to the top of the favorite books pile!
That's Not My Train (Usbornetouchy-Feely)

8. This Little Piggy
(Baby Board Books)
by Annie Kubler

This book had me sold simply on the strength of the lovely cover!
This Little Piggy (Baby Board Books)

9. Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
A Lift-the-Flap Book

Time for the body parts lesson dear baby... So, where is the baby's cute little ear?
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book

10. Where's Peter? (Potter)
[Board Book]

A great first introduction to the most charming character invented by Beatrix Potter.
Where's Peter? (Potter)


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TOP 10 NON-FICTION BOOKS FOR/ABOUT CHILDREN in Q2 2011

Now, this is a list that parents and care-givers should be keeping a close eye on. There can be never too much good information on children's books, reading aloud and literacy !

So feast your eyes on the following treats!
1. Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys:
How to Engage Boys in Reading
in Ways That Will Change Their Lives        
by Pam Allyn

read Dad's interview with Pam

Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives

2. The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
      by Jim Trelease
If you are not sure do you need this book - the so-called Read-Aloud Bible, please check out How Reading Aloud Made Me A Better Father and I hope you will change your mind.

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition

3. 100 Best Books for Children:
A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices
for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen
by Anita Silvey

A fabulous Top 100 from the incredible author of the Children's Book-A-Day Almanac, one of the best sources on incredible children's books that you can find .... online .... free.... what are you waiting for?
100 Best Books for Children: A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen

4. What Are You So Grumpy About?
by Tom Lichtenheld

This is a picture book, I know. But I couldn't resist including it in this section. A great resource for parents. If your child is moody, what better than a comical book on this very issue to lift his spirits? Have a laugh at yourself... the best medicine the world knows!

What Are You So Grumpy About?
5. The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children
3rd Edition Revised and Updated
        
560 pages. Do I need to explain anything? Just delve into this sea of recommendations and raise your head out ocasionally to buy a book or to run to the library. Fantastic.

The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children: 3rd Edition Revised and Updated

6. 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
by Julia Eccleshare
OK, we are talking about lists. THis book - and Read Aloud Dad is a proud owner - is incredible. It is a doorstop edition of fabulous books. Buy it for the Dad in your family and watch him transform himself from a _____ (fill in the blank) into a read-aloud butterfly.

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

7. Books That Build Character:
A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories
      by William Kilpatrick, Gregory Wolfe, Suzanne M. Wolfe
        
Read Aloud Dad loves this books. Great book recommendations, interesting read for parents. An interesting angle on how to choose books for your kids!

Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories

8. Radical Reflections:
Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living
by Mem Fox

I don't know anything about this book - shame on me!
Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living

9. Honey for a Child's Heart     
     by Gladys Hunt

Another fabulous book for parents to keep your read-aloud fire burning!
Honey for a Child's Heart

10. A Revolution in Kindness

Another book that I have no idea what it is about, but it sounds so nice!
A Revolution in Kindness 
        

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TOP 4 CHILDREN'S BOOK SETS in Q2 2011


My blood is boiling ... but with joy again! Wow - I love all four book sets that you my readers kept ordering.

The Blood-Curdling Box -  a fabulous collection of gory (kids adore them!) books about global history - has won the affections of Read Aloud Dad readers around the world. This collection has sold more units through affiliate links on Read Aloud Dad's site than all the other book sets combined!

I've got all four book sets listed below ... and let me tell you a secret. All four are yummy!

1. Blood-Curdling Box (Horrible Histories)
by Terry Deary

A truly exciting collection of books on world history for kids. Dad's review.

Blood-Curdling Box (Horrible Histories)

2. The World of Peter Rabbit
(The Original Peter Rabbit, Books 1-23, Presentation Box)
by Beatrix Potter

Lovely collection of small-sized hardcover books for your little rabbits and squirrels at home. Dad's review.

The World of Peter Rabbit (The Original Peter Rabbit, Books 1-23, Presentation Box)

3. Bulging Box of Books (Horrible Science)
by Nick Arnold

I'm a science guy myself. Love it! Did you ever want to find a Horrible Histories version of Science? Well, look no farther. Here it is! The Bulging Box of Books by Scholastic!

Bulging Box of Books (Horrible Science)

4. The New York Review Children's Collection Set
40 titles
   One of my craziest buys ever. I think that people would think I'm loony if they knew the truth. Uh oh! I made a mistake - I wrote all about it in my review - check out Dad's review

 The New York Review Children's Collection Set

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TOP 10 OTHER BOOK FORMATS in Q2 2011
(Kindle, Puzzle Books, Card Decks, other e-books, other languages, audio, comics)


1. My First Brain Quest: 400 Questions to Build Your Toddler's Word Skill
(Brain Quest)

Love these Brain Quest card decks they are simply fabulous! I am never ever going to travel by car with my twins without taking these. They are as important as the spare tire. No wait. I never used the spare tire. I don't need it, but I would never travel without the Brain Quest card decks. Dad's review.

My First Brain Quest: 400 Questions to Build Your Toddler's Word Skill, Third Edition (Brain Quest)

2. Puzzle Ocean
        (Usborne Young Puzzle Books)

Oh yes, those incredible Usborne puzzle books. Still going strong at our house. They are evergreens. Since their review was published on Read Aloud Dad, sales have been strong! Read Dad's review.
Puzzle Ocean (Usborne Young Puzzle Books)         

3. Puzzle Pirates
(Usborne Young Puzzles)

Oh yes, those incredible Usborne puzzle books. Still going strong at our house. They are evergreens. Since their review was published on Read Aloud Dad, sales have been strong! Read Dad's review.
Puzzle Pirates (Young Puzzles)

4. Brain Quest Preschool      
(Brain Quest)

Love these Brain Quest card decks they are simply fabulous! I am never ever going to travel by car with my twins without taking these. They are as important as the spare tire. No wait. I never used the spare tire. I don't need it, but I would never travel without the Brain Quest card decks. Dad's review.

Brain Quest Preschool

5. Young Puzzle Adventures:
Lucy and the Sea Monster/Uncle Pete the Pirate/Molly's Magic Carpet/Wendy the Witch

Oh yes, those incredible Usborne puzzle books. Still going strong at our house. They are evergreens. Since their review was published on Read Aloud Dad, sales have been strong! Read Dad's review.
The Usborne Book of Young Puzzle Adventures: Lucy and the Sea Monster/Chocolate Island/Dragon in the Cupboard (Usborne Young Puzzle Adventures)

6. Puzzle Castle
(Young Puzzles)

Oh yes, those incredible Usborne puzzle books. Still going strong at our house. They are evergreens. Since their review was published on Read Aloud Dad, sales have been strong! Read Dad's review.
Puzzle Castle (Young Puzzles)

7. Munch! Crunch!: A Sound Book
(Potter)

Another intro to the naughty Peter Rabbit, this time with sound!
Munch! Crunch!: A Sound Book       

8. Humpty Who?: A Crash Course in 80 Nursery Rhymes
(Book and CD) [Audiobook]

This sounds like a fabulous proposition - 80 nursery rhymes in book format with a CD!
Humpty Who?: A Crash Course in 80 Nursery Rhymes for Clueless Moms and Dads [With CD] [HUMPTY WHO W/CD]

9. Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
[Paperback]

Maybe a little too advanced for my soon-to-be four twins!
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s 

10. Brain Quest Kindergarten
(Brain Quest)

Love these Brain Quest card decks they are simply fabulous! I am never ever going to travel by car with my twins without taking these. They are as important as the spare tire. No wait. I never used the spare tire. I don't need it, but I would never travel without the Brain Quest card decks. Dad's review.

Brain Quest Kindergarten

PS After reading this list, you can also check out Dad's previous lists of Bestselling Children's Books in Q4 2010 and in Q1 2011 !

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