Picture Books

1 The Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton, $18.95 ISBN 0-395-38949-6
2 Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons. Edited by Dugald A. Steer. Candlewick, $18.99 ISBN 0-7636-2329-6
3 Egyptolology. Emily Sands, illus. by Nick Harris, Ian Andrew and Helen Ward. Candlewick, $19.99 ISBN 0-7636-2638-4
4 America the Beautiful. Robert Sabuda. Little Simon, $26.95 ISBN 0-689-84744-0
5 Stranger in the Woods. Carl R. Sams II, photos by Jean Stoick. Sams, $19.95 ISBN 0-96717-4805
6 santaKid. James Patterson, illus. by Michael Garland. Little, Brown, $18.95 ISBN 0-316-00061-2
7 When Washington Crossed the Delaware. Lynne Cheney, illus. by Peter Fiore. Simon & Schuster, $16.95 ISBN 0-689-87043-4
8 The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up. Clement C. Moore, illus. by Robert Sabuda. Little Simon, $24.95 ISBN 0-689-83899-9
9 It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel. Jamie Leigh Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell. HarperCollins/Cotler, $16.99 ISBN 0-06-008095-7
10 Tails. Matthew Van Fleet. Harcourt/Red Wagon, $12.95 ISBN 0-15-216773-0


1 Dragon Rider. Cornelia Funke, trans. by Anthea Bell. Scholastic/Chicken House, $12.95 ISBN 0-439-45695-9
2 Travel Team. Mike Lupica. Philomel, $16.99 ISBN 0-399-24150-7
3 Eragon. Christopher Paolini. Knopf, $18.95 ISBN 0-375-82668-8
4 The Tale of Despereaux. Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick, $17.99 ISBN 0-7636-1722-9
5 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ann Brashares. Delacorte, paper $8.95 ISBN 0-385-73058-6
6 Peter and the Starcatchers. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Disney Editions, $17.99 ISBN 0-7868-5445-6
7 Hoot. Carl Hiaasen. Knopf, paper $8.95 ISBN 0-375-82916-4
8 Faerie Wars. Herbie Brennan. Bloomsbury, paper $7.95 ISBN 1-58234-943-6
9 Chasing Vermeer. Blue Balliett, illus. by Brett Helquist. Scholastic Press, $16.95 ISBN 0-439-37294-1
10 The Thief Lord. Cornelia Funke, trans. by Oliver Latsch. Scholastic/Chicken House, paper $6.99 ISBN 0-439-42089-X

Series and Tie-ins

1 A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket. HarperTrophy
2 The Polar Express tie-ins. Houghton Mifflin
3 Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling. Scholastic/Levine
4 Magic Tree House. Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Sal Murdocca. Random House
5 Gossip Girl. Cecily von Ziegesar. Little, Brown
6 The Spiderwick Chronicles. Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. Simon & Schuster
7 The A-List. Zoey Dean. Little, Brown
8 The Edge Chronicles. Paul Stewart, illus. by Chris Riddell. Random/Fickling
9 Alex Rider Adventures. Anthony Horowitz. Puffin
10 The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Jonathan Stroud. Hyperion/Miramax