New York Times Best Sellers: Children's / YA for Week Ending December 31, 2010


As of Friday, December 31st - here are the New York Time's top 10 bestseller lists for all things Children / Young Adult. 

In Chapter Books, James Patterson's, THE GIFT makes it's list debut, taking over the #2 position - and in Paperbacks, THE BOOK THIEF continues it's dominance in the top 10.

And rounding out the Series top 10 list, a personal favorite of mine continues to shine - Richelle Mead's VAMPIRE ACADEMY series holds the #5 position - just above THE TWILIGHT SAGA.

I can't wait to see what new and exciting Children's / YA books make the New York Times bestseller lists, in 2011 - Happy New Year, everyone!



Children's Chapter Books

This Week  Children's Chapter BooksWeeks on List
1   THE LOST HERO, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $18.99.) A return to Camp Half-Blood and semi-divine characters old and new. (Ages 10 and up) 10
2   THE GIFT, by James Patterson and Ned Rust. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) A sister and brother flex their new powers; a Witch and Wizard book. (Ages 10 and up) 1
3   THE RED PYRAMID, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99.) Ancient gods (this time from Egypt) and a mortal family meet. (Ages 10 and up) 33
4   JUSTIN BIEBER, FIRST STEP 2 FOREVER, by Justin Bieber. (HarperCollins, $21.99.) A musician reaches out to fans with short takes and photos. (Ages 6 to 12) 10
5   THE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER COOKBOOK, by Dinah Bucholz. (Adams Media, $19.95.) Recipes in which a dash of eye of newt would not go amiss. (Ages 9 to 12) 4
6 TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POPULAR PARTY GIRL, by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) The further reflections of Nikki Maxwell on the agonies of middle school; a "Dork Diaries" book. (Ages 9 to 13) 23
7 DORK DIARIES, written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) Reflections of a junior Samuel Pepys of the female variety. (Ages 9 to 13) 31
8 HARRY POTTER FILM WIZARDRY, by Brian Sibley. (Collins Design/HarperCollins, $39.99.) Deep background, subtext and behind-the-screen details from the moviemakers. (Ages 18 and up) 9
9 MATCHED, by Ally Condie. (Dutton, $17.99.) In this dystopian romance, a girl rebels against a deterministic future society. (Ages 12 and up) 3
10 CLOCKWORK ANGEL, by Cassandra Clare. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) Victorian England proves a treacherous place. (Ages 14 and up) 12

Children's Paperback Books

This Week  Children's Paperback BooksWeeks on List
1 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi burning. (Ages 14 and up) 171
2 WITCH AND WIZARD, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. (Little, Brown, $9.99.) One of each, a sister and brother, flex their new powers. (Ages 10 and up) 7
3 PINKALICIOUS AND THE PINK DRINK, written and illustrated by Victoria Kann. (Harper Festival/HarperCollins, $3.99.) Lemonade goes pink. (Ages 3 to 7) 15
4 FALLEN, by Lauren Kate. (Delacorte, $9.99.) Love is thwarted at a boarding school with an unusual student body. (Ages 12 and up) 12
5 THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave McKean. (HarperCollins, $7.99.) To avoid a killer, a boy lives in a cemetery. (Ages 10 and up) 12
6 HUSH, HUSH, by Becca Fitzpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) A love story of immortals and ancient battles. (Ages 14 and up) 12
7 THE MAZE RUNNER, by James Dashner. (Delacorte, $9.99.) A stone wall imprisons teenagers who live by their wits and have no memories. (Ages 12 and up) 10
8 SAVVY, by Ingrid Law. (Puffin/Penguin, $7.99.) Mibs is about to receive the supernatural abilities that run in her family. (Ages 9 to 12) 29
9 MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, by Mike Lupica. (Puffin, $7.99.) In tough times, an opportunity arises for a quarterback. (Ages 9 to 12) 1
10 SHIVER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic, $8.99.) Love among the lupine. (Ages 13 and up) 23

Children's Series

This Week  Children's SeriesWeeks on List
1 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Abrams, hardcover only) The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12) 101
2 THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, hardcover and paper) In a dystopian society a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 and up) 17
3 HARRY POTTER, by J. K. Rowling. (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, hardcover and paper) A young wizard hones his skills while fighting evil. (Ages 10 and up) 238
4 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, hardcover and paper) Battling mythological monsters. (Ages 9 to 12) 180
5 VAMPIRE ACADEMY, by Richelle Mead. (Razorbill, paper only) Undead boarding school. (Ages 12 and up) 36
6 THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown, hardcover and paper) Vampires and werewolves in school. (Ages 12 and up) 176
7 THE 39 CLUES, by various authors. (Scholastic, hardcover only) A brother and sister travel the world in search of the key to their family’s power. (Ages 9 to 12) 76
8 BIG NATE, Lincoln Peirce. (HarperCollins, hardcover; Andrews McMeel, paper) Where Nate goes, trouble is sure to follow. (Ages 8 to 12) 9
9 MAGIC TREE HOUSE, by Mary Pope Osborne. Illustrated by Sal Murdocca. (Stepping Stone/Random House, hardcover and paper) Neither space nor time is an obstacle to these siblings. (Ages 6 to 9) 233
10 RANGER’S APPRENTICE, by John Flanagan. (Philomel, hardcover and paper) A boy warrior battles evil. (Ages 9 to 12) 60
About the Best Sellers
These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the January 2, 2011 print edition of the Book Review in the New York Times.