A huge spike in demand for children’s books in the lead-up to Easter resulted in a 16.8% increase in unit sales of print books in the week ended Apr. 16, 2022, over the comparable week in 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Unit sales soared 64.2% in juvenile fiction and jumped 43.2% in juvenile nonfiction. With Easter week now over, unit sales were down 6.2% for the year to date from the comparable period in 2021. All subcategories in juvenile fiction saw gains in the most recent week, and sales in the category were aided by the release of Dav Pilkey’s latest Cat Kid Comic Club title, On Purpose, which sold almost 130,000 copies in its first week. In second place was It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler, which sold almost 47,000 copies. The jump in juvenile nonfiction sales also reflected across-the-board gains. Easter Eggstravaganza Mad Libs by Roger Price was #1 in the category, selling more than 12,000 copies. Unit sales in adult fiction increased 4.8%, as Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us returned to the top of the category chart with sales of more than 32,000 copies. John Sandford’s The Investigator was the top new title, with more than 27,000 copies sold. Sales in adult nonfiction fell 5.4%. The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream was #1 in the category, selling more than 30,000 copies. Bill Browder’s Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving the Wrath of Vladimir Putin was the top new release, selling nearly 14,000 copies.