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Top 10 Best Selling Books for Kids

Updated on December 3, 2012

Don't be stuck for ideas for kids books at Christmas and birthdays. Take a pick from one of the top 10 best selling books for kids. Books make a great gifts and kids love to read.

Even if you've never seen your child with his face stuck in a book, maybe it is time to introduce him or her to the delights of reading.

Not only do books allow their imaginations to run wild, especially when it's about a story they can get their teeth into, but kids pick up so many new words while reading books. Reading words in context helps them achieve a greater understanding of what the word means.

When I was young, my parents bought me a dictionary to use while reading, and whenever I came across a word I did not recognise, I could look it up.

Books teach kids more than mere words. They teach kids about human nature, good and bad, commonly used expressions and so much more.

Introduce your kid to the wonderful literary world with a book from the top 10 best selling books for kids.

Top 10 best selling kids books aged 4 - 8

For younger children there is a great range of books in the top best selling list. The Never-Bored Kid Book range cover the ages 3-4 through to 8-9. These books are specially designed to help your child develop:

  • visual discrimination
  • sequencing
  • small muscle coordination
  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • critical and creative thinking

all while having fun and thorougly enjoying themselves.

The Bernstein Bears series is aimed at children aged 4 - 8.Illustrated in full color, Mama Bear shows her family how home and family are more important than material possessions.

In The Candy Corn Contest, the teacher has a jar of candy and whichever pupil can guess how many are in the jar gets the keep the lot The only problem is that for each guess made, they have to read a page from a library book. Richard Best is determined to win. Only problem is he is the worst reader in the class.

In Fish Face, Emily is the fastest runner in the school as well as being best at math. New girl Tiffanie joins the class and Emily tries hard to be friends with her, despite Tiffanie being a terrific reader and a better runner. But Tiffanie turns out to be a thief! Who will believe Emily when everything thinks she is jealous?

The Everything Kids States Book is packed full of fascinating information about every single one of the 50 states in the U.S.A. Full of trivia about the history, geography and landmarks of each state, it is also filled with puzzles and quizzes to keep kids entertained for hours!

Ivy & Bean are a delightful duo who seem to hate each other, but end up being best of friends! Awww!

Hungry,Hungry Sharks is an introduction to the shark species which as we know are top of the oceanic food chain. The book explains about shark teeth and other interesting facts and also makes it clear that very few sharks eat people.

Little Hands Create!: Art & Activities for Kids Ages 3 to 6. Arts and crafts for the very young using everyday objects or inexpensive items. great way to get kids interested on making things that they can be proud of.

NB: Nearly all, if not all, of the books listed here are on a special offer at Amazon. Buy 3 books and get 1 free.

Top10 best sellling book for kids ages 9 - 12

Older children will love the books listed here.

Despite the title For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever, this book is sure to be treasured by whoever gets it (girls too). Packed full of useful information and advice, it is written in a light humorous tone that is sure to tickle. How to fight off an alligator or pilot a plane in an emergency are just two of the many subjects covered. Educational, interesting and FUN, this is a great book to get.

Ramona Quimby looks at life through the eyes of an 8 year old. A delightful read and one that every 8 year old will identify with.

The Cul-de-Sac Kids books are a boxed set with volumes 1 - 6 of this delightful series.

In Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Greg wants to spend the summer vacation months indoors playing computer games, but his mother has other ideas.

The Everything Kids Puzzle Book is packed full with puzzles, mazes, word games and more. It is probably better for 11-12 year olds unless your younger child is especially bright.

Fantasy adventure that will keep your kid occupied for ages, Percy Jackson and the Olympians comes as the full boxed set of 3 books all about 7th grader Percy Jackson, from his introduction in the first book. Children everywhere love this series.

The first in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, introduces the exploits of Greg Heffley in print (he was previously a web character). Written as a novel in cartoon formula, this will entice even the most reluctant young readers. Laugh out loud funny.

The Everything Kids Mazes Book is described as being a-MAZE-ing and kids will love unravelling the mazes while being taken on an around the world adventure.

Learn how to make simple science experiments with everyday items found around the house in this packed compendium. Science in Seconds for Kids is sure to great fun as well as educational.

The Last Olympian Book 5 continues in the fantasy adventure series set around her Percy Jackson.

The Daring Book for Girls is described as the manual for everything a girl needs to know, from secret note-passing skills to famous women in history. Sure to be treasured.

Kids Cooking: Scrumptious Recipes for Cooks Ages 9 to 13 is a great way to introduce your child to the delights of cooking. Contains 38 recipes with full color pictures and step by step guides on how to prepare, cook and serve them, as well as advising on which utensils to use, every step of the way.


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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      I know what you mean. I used to read the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton when I was a kid, and the language was dated even then! My friends must have thought I was a bit weird using those words.

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      Jordan Hake 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri, USA

      That's a good list of books!

      Reading can really help your English skills and vocabulary. I always used to used strange looks from other kids when I'd talk like the characters in books I'd read- then I'd think "Ah, another old word nobody but me uses anymore."

      But they're fun to know still!

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      sellbooksforcash 6 years ago from America

      A colorful list of books for kids and its great books like these that make reading for kids educational as well as entertiaining. Throw the tv out the window I say and give your kid a stck of books to read!

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Oh my that takes me back! As a child we were given books as prizes too. Obviously the books were for all sorts of prizes, not just English which was our first language anyway. I would have loved being able to choose those books but we were eternally grateful for what we got anyway. Read some absolute classics that I probably wouldn't have chosen for myself, but glad I was given the opportunity to read them !

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      I love books and I used to love giving books as end of term prizes to those children who did well in their English exams. The kids love them and it encourages all of them to study hard and enjoy the language.

      Gifts are a great gift for children but these days there are so many titles available that you just don't know what to buy! This selection I am sure will come in handy for parents who would love to buy their child a book but just don't know what to buy.

      Cheers for sharing this useful hub and God bless!

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks Katie. Reading through those books above made me to want to buy them for myself! As a kid I loved books but as an adult you never think of buying kids' books unless it's for gifts for a kid!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love giving books at the holidays. Thanks for the fantastic best top 10 books for kids. Peace, Love and Joy :)