Bestseller Stat Shot: Board Books

While most print formats are seeing a year-over-year sales drop-off in 2013, board books aren’t just up—they’re way up: 12%. (See the Weekly Scorecard on p. 5 for how other formats are faring.) A quick scan of this week’s top-selling board books shows that three of the top 10 have been on the list since 2004, with many more further down the list notching runs well beyond the 100-week mark. The format is also seasonally driven. Right now, there’s a barrage of Halloween books and enough pumpkin-themed reading to stock a farm stand. Here are the top 10 board books this week.

Room on the Broom Donaldson/Scheffler Dial 12,189
Five Little Pumpkins Dan Yaccarino HarperFestival 8,331
Goodnight Moon Brown/Hurd HarperFestival 7,479
Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? Karen Katz Little Simon 7,334
Halloween Jack Jo Rigg Priddy Books 6,133
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Martin/Carle Henry Holt 6,097
Haunted Clubhouse Marcy Kelman Disney 5,813
Biscuit’s Pet & Play Halloween Capucilli/Schories HarperFestival 5,666
Five Little Pumpkins Ben Mantle Tiger Tales 5,605
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Philomel 5,599

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