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All-Time Bestseller Top 20 Children's Books
All of us have recollections of certain children's tales that we learned as kids or that were recited to us. You may well think that more than once in a while there are tales of Dr. Seuss and J. K. Rowling. A 2001 study by Publishers Weekly found that the best-selling children's books of all times are as follows:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar had 4,849,704 units for sale. The book is still one of the best-selling children's books of all times and in addition generate a plethora of income from various goods, simplistic tales for the younger audience and game-play. Later, when Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone re-released, Harry Potter and the Wizard's Stone had already delivered 5,087,304 units in just three years after its first release.
A less well known Dr. Seuss-Buch, Dr. Seuss' ABC was able to achieve a large number of single copy unit purchases by 2001 with 5,187,656 books already delivered. Dr. Seuss's last released volume before his 1991 passing, Oh, the Places You'll Go! was an astonishing 5,353,426 in eleven years.
Hop on Pop had already delivered an unbelievable 5,420,890 books by 2001. Until 2001, this wonderful post-war children's history sells 5,471,709 of them. The Giving Tree, a nice tale about the present of giving and loving, had already delivered 5,603,187 items by 2001. An unforgettable, rhythmical and tongue-twisting history, which until 2001 sells 6,164,454 of them.
One of Shel, Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends is a compilation of children's poetry, which reached 6,228,042 pieces by 2001. The third novel in the prestigious Harry Potter range, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban sold an astonishing 6,314,391 pieces by 2001. Following the great popularity of the first Harry Potter novel released, it was anticipated that the second tranche of 6,335,585 retail titles would generate significantly higher revenues than the first, i.e. 1.25 million more!
Of the popular Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is Dr. Seuss' second most popular novel with 7,220,982 retail titles until 2001 and a successful screen version with Mike Myers in the lead role. A member of the Little Golden Books classic, Scuffy the Tugboat is one of the best-selling Golden Books of all times, with 7,366,073 units topped.
The Saggy Baggy Elephant, another little golden volume, is one you can recall from your early years, with a sale of 7,476,395 pieces until 2001. For very young kids, Pat the Bunny is the best-selling touch-and-feel textbook of all times, with a retail circulation of 7,562,710 pieces by 2001.
In 2000, the Harry Potter phenomena had really picked up speed and increased unit turnover in the 4th instalment to 7,913,765 in one year! The bestselling Dr. Seuss volume in the story, Green Eggs and Hamburg is a favourite for all age groups. Deliveries totalled 8,143,088 in 2001.
Dr. Seuss' works are still sold very well and it will not be long before this will reach 10 million retail copies. Another little golden book, Tootle, is a classical tale about the thrilling adventure of a platoon that kids seem to be enjoying endless with sells until 2001, when they reached 8,560,277 copies. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a time-honored and oldest of its kind, and will never perish.
It is a classical product with revenues from the sale of single books, merchandising, clothes and a TV-show. The Tale of Peter Rabbit delivered 9,380,274 units by 2001 and continued to surpass initial outlooks. With over 14,898,341 retail units in 2001, the Poky Little Puppy is the best-selling Golden Puppy and the best-selling children's novel of all times.
The study was carried out in 2001, so it can be assumed that these numbers will now, 15 years later, be significantly higher. I am sure that many of us are reading and pleased with these books, or at least a large number. So what are some of your favourite children's tales?