If you’re looking to build up a stellar library of kids books – or for a thoughtful gift that is sure to be treasured – these are the perfect choices. Discover the top 10 kids books from the USA Today bestseller list here – some of our all-time favourites made the list!
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Many of the children’s book entries in the USA Today bestseller list are classics we have all grown up with, like some Dr Seuss favourites, but there are also some newer additions that catapulted up the rankings to secure a place in the top ten.
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Top Kids Books from the USA Today Bestseller List
#1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss
Originally published in 1990, Oh, The Places You’ll Go is an absolute treasure!
From fun times and triumphs to lurches and slumps, Dr Seuss takes an entertaining look at the adventures that life may have in store for us.
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#2. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
Detailing a mother’s unending love for her child, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies since its publication in 1986. This incredibly touching classic has been a firm favourite for many families.
#3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Beloved by generations of readers and listeners since it was published in 1947, Goodnight Moon is the perfect bedtime book for young children. The lilting poetry of the words and the gentle illustrations are a great combination that you’ll find yourself reading over and over.
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#4. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell
The Elf on the Shelf has become a Christmas phenomenon as families around the world invite an often-mischievous elf into their homes during the festive season.
The accompanying book, Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, tells the tale of these special scout elves on a mission from Santa.
#5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
Another Dr Seuss classic full of rhyming fun which is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and early readers.
In Green Eggs and Ham, Sam-I-Am wants to know if you like green eggs and ham and teaches us that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!
#6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Eric Carle’s colourful illustrations and tale of the caterpillar transforming into a butterfly have made The Very Hungry Caterpillar an iconic favourite since it was published in 1969. Many generations of families have deemed this a must-have book for all homes.
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#7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are was first published in 1963 and tells the tale of a young boy who travels on a truly imaginative journey.
Prepare for a wild rumpus as this Caldecott Medal-winning book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s stories of all time.
#8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a great early introduction to animals, colours and the repetition and rhyme kids love.
Eric Carle’s early illustrative work on this classic story give it a recognisable and familiar feel due to the subsequent success of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
#9. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
In the magical tale of The Polar Express, a young boy travels through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, on his way to the city atop the world where he will make his Christmas wish.
For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic.
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#10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
In The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein created a beautifully written and illustrated parable for readers of all ages about giving, acceptance and love.
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