Top 10 Children's Picture and Board Books in Q3 2011

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Once again, its that time of the year! The time when Read Aloud Dad unveils the bestselling children's books of the past quarter.

Below you will find information on the bestselling children's titles in the previous quarter (July, August and September) of 2011 - based on book orders made through affiliate links on

In today's post you will find information on the Top 10 bestselling books in the following categories:
1. picture books and
2. board books

Over the next few days you will also learn about the bestselling:
3. chapter books and treasuries
4. non-fiction books,
5. book sets and
6. other formats.

Happy reading!


This quarter the Top 10 bestseller list is headed by the one-and-only Scaredy Squirrel, a side-splitting read aloud!

1. 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.

Scaredy Squirrel

Read Dad's review

2. 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

3. All the World        
by Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

A magical picture book that evokes the carefree days of childhood. With few words and charming pictures by the incomparable Marla Frazee, this picture book is pure joy to look at.

4. Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man       
by Robert McCloskey

Another fabulous gem from the charmed pen of famed children's book author Robert McCloskey. Rich vocabulary and cinematic visuals of the New England coast. A keeper.

Read Dad's review

5. Otis       
by Loren Long

Don't make the mistake of ignoring this classy picture book about an unlikely friendship between an old tractor and calf. Loren Long's illustrations are out of this world and look for the reference to Munro Leaf's Ferdinand. If you have already read Otis, do not miss Long's fabulous sequel Otis and the Tornado that came out in September 2011. 

Read Dad's review

6. Officer Buckle and Gloria        
by Peggy Rathmann

What a crazy story and what an unlikely picture book. Yet, this fabulous story about a police officer giving safety tips to students in schools is a barrel of laughs thanks to Officer Buckle's cheeky little pooch Gloria. 

Read Dad's review

7. 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. 

 The Seven Silly Eaters By Mary Ann Hoberman

Read Dad's review

8. Guess How Much I Love You        
by Kevin Hawkes

A surprisingly funny book story about the friendly rivalry between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare regarding the amount of love they have for each other. Not only is the story interesting, but it also illustrates how even the simple things in life are not as simple as they seem. Tell me, how do you measure love?

Read Dad's review

9. 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

10. Corgiville Fair
      by Tasha Tudor

I never held this book in my hands before, but this seems to be a gem. It is now on my "to buy" list. The illustrations from the previews that I saw are dreamy!        

TOP 10 BOARD BOOKS in Q3 2011

Sandra Boynton's unmissable package of illustrated board books, topped the sale list during the past quarter. Not surprisingly, it is a classic!

1. Big Box of Boynton
      by Sandra Boynton 

A marvelous introduction to the world of Sandra Boynton— with her crazy dancing pigs and sheep, wide-eyed dinosaurs, and the rest of the menagerie. The box includes: Barnyard Dance! Pajama Time! Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!

2. First 100 Animals
by Roger Priddy

In the early years we spent day after day poring over Roger Priddy books.
Fabulous stuff for the very youngest of kids.

3. I See a Monster: A Touch And Feel Book
by Laurie Young , Daniel J. Mahoney (Illustrator)

This is according to the publisher a special touch and feel book that has a surprise ending. Now, even I am curious!

4. I Spy Little Book

Jean Marzollo (Author), Walter Wick (Illustrator)

Is there a better introduction to activity books and puzzle books that these I Spy Little books? Maybe, but I am not aware of them. My twins adored the I Spy little books - and when I say adored them, I mean ADORED them. Great stuff for the young crowd.

5. 10 Minutes till Bedtime
by Peggy Rathmann

A fabulous look at a countdown until bedtime, minute-by-minute. By the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria

6. Open the Barn Door
A Chunky Flap Book
by Christopher Santoro

Open the barn door and find the cow... 

7. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
    by Salina Yoon 

 Young children will learn to count up to ten as they recite this favorite rhyme.

8. First 100 Words
(Baby Board Books)
by Annie Kubler

Another gem for the youngest kids from Roger Priddy. My twins still love it!

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

A great first introduction to the most charming character invented by Beatrix Potter.

Where's Peter? (Potter)

10. 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

You can also check out Dad's previous lists of Bestselling Children's Books for:
Q2 2011Q1 2011 and Q4 2010

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  1. Kind of fun to see books that I ordered listed. Like I'm part of a neat book club. Baby Bookworm adores those Roger Priddy books - we've been giving them as gifts, too. Now I want all of the others on your bestseller list that I don't already have. Will have to wait, though... Focused on Cybils Picture Books right now.

  2. Such great picks!!!

  3. Thanks PragmaticMom,

    Well, the praise all goes to my readers who keep buying great books for their kids!

    I love their selection as well!

    Thanks for for your comment and for retweeting the post, as well! 

    Read Aloud Dad


  4. I now have a much longer book list for the library.

    I stumbled this post.

  5. This is awesome...I've been wanting to get more books for my boy and this is just what I needed. Thanks for sharing :) 

  6. Hi Jdaniel4smom!

    Hope you enjoy your selection of books from the library. Please do tell me if you specially enjoyed any one of them - we haven't read many of them too!

    Happy reading and thanks!

    Read Aloud Dad

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  7. Hi Tatter Scoops,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I'm so glad that the list was of use - that is exactly what I hoped for!

    Please do tell me if you read a book from the list that your son especially enjoys - I'd love to know!

    Happy reading!

    Read Aloud Dad

    Re: Tatter Scoops