Best-selling children's books of ALL TIME!
Good old Publisher's Weekly has been kind enough to produce a list of what it considers to be the best-selling books for the kiddies of ALL TIME!!! (the emphasis is my own). It's separated them into two different categories for your convenience. First you have the hardcover and then you've the paperbacks.
Now I want you all to take good long looks at these lists. Do you happen to notice any oddities in them? For me, the first indication that this wasn't your average Top 100 List when was I saw number 3 on the hardcovers. It's Toodle by a Gertrude Crampton. Now until this moment in time I had somehow managed to tuck Toodle far far back into the recesses of my memory. Now, however, it's come spilling out full force. Oh yes! Toodle! How could I have forgotten it! What really hits home after reading these lists is how frighteningly profitable the Little Golden Books turned out to be. That must mean there's some heir to the Little Golden Book fortune out there somewhere. I wonder how he introduces himself at parties...
No matter. The paperback section is just as full of surprises. Number 9 is Shane by Jack Schaefer. Shane?!? Everybody raise your hand if you were ever assigned Shane in elementary school. Anybody? Anyone? And was Mercer Mayer always this popular or have I just been blind?
All in all, the lists make for a fascinating look into what people are REALLY buying and not just what they say they are. And I guess they're all buying Shane. Go figure.