Best selling Kindle children’s books #1
There was a time when there was considerable debate about whether or not Kindles were even appropriate for children.
While I still see relatively stronger sales of p-books (paperbooks, especially hardbacks) for kids (perhaps because of gifts), I think that e-books for kids are becoming increasingly accepted.
There are a lot of ways that is good, in my opinion. When you get to the point of chapter books, there are so many free classics from many different cultures that the opportunity for children to expand their horizons is much more present than it was with paper. That’s especially true for families who might be in a place (both geographically and socially) where a public library is not readily available. I’d like to see EBRs (E-Book Readers) and tablets made more available to disadvantaged youth to take us further down this avenue, but I think it is likely to happen more in the future.
I was curious about what the top-selling books are for children in different categories in the Kindle store.
I loved selling children’s books (and helping legal guardians make selections) when I managed a brick and mortar bookstore…and I’m not above reading them myself.
It’s also worth noting that the categories are chosen by the publishers…I know that’s true for independent publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing, and I think it’s probably true for tradpubs (traditional publishers) as well. You might not consider something a children’s book, but I’m going to go with them as they appear in the USA Kindle store.
I’m also going to stick with paid books, I think, as opposed to free. I think that gives us a better sense of demand.
The overall bestseller is
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
by Suzanne Collins
We have to note that this book has been out for more than three and a half years at this point! How has the book stayed on top? Certainly, I think quality matters, but I also think that Scholastic has been particularly good at adapting to e-books. They enable the features people want, and the prices are reasonable (this one is $5.99 right now). Why is it the second book, and not the first? Perhaps because the movie of the second book is due out later this year (November 22 in the USA).
The Call (The Great North Woods Pack #2)
by Shawn Underhill
The number one animal for Kindle kids is…wolves? Well, at least this book is number one. Interesting that it is the second in a series, which was also the case with Catching Fire.
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
This book was also number two in the animals section…which is a great example of why publishers put books into different categories which you might not expect. Being #1 matters (hey, I’m writing about them for that reason). This is a marvelously well-reviewed book (4.7 out of 5 stars, with 362 reviews). Applegate wrote the Animorphs books (not alone, I think), and I’m tempted by this one. I read the Animorphs, because my kid was reading them…but I did like them. This is inspired by a true story of a silverback gorilla living in a shopping mall.
Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Note: the number one book was disqualified by me from being listed here, because it blocks text-to-speech access. I don’t want to benefit from those, because I think it disproportionately disadvantages the disabled. This is the number two bestseller. It’s set in Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943, and was a Newberry winner in 1990.
The Anne Stories: 12 Books, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea, Audiobook Links
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Wow! This does sound like a great deal. It’s twelve books (all the public domain Anne books, plus some others) for ninety-nine cents. There are also links to free audiobooks of some of them. 4.8 stars with 158 reviews at time of writing…might make a wonderful gift.
(The top seller was eliminated for blocking text-to-speech access)
by R.J. Palacio
Clearly, a book that has had a big impact! Check out the editorial reviews, and there are 1,244 customer reviews…averaging 4.8! The main character has a physical challenge, and although I haven’t read it, it does sound interesting.
Goodnight, Little Monster
by Bonnie Leick
Note: while this one says that text-to-speech is “not enabled”, I believe that is because this is a picture book, and just like with a graphic novel, the words will be part of the image. That makes them inaccessible to standard text-to-speech software. The book is reviewed as being for pre-school to 2nd Grade, and concerns a monster getting ready for bed. It’s classified under Christian fiction.
Wonder (see above) was also the number 1 in this category.
(The first two books in this category were disqualified by me for having text-to-speech blocked…they were in the same series)
My Dad is a Superhero
by Lily Lexington
Gee, the author’s name is right out of the Superman universe. Supes famously had Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, and more “double L’s” around. It sounds like a fun book (listed as for ages 2-6)…can’t start geekifying a kid too early.
Well, that was interesting! I know some of you might prefer that I listed books with text-to-speech blocked (I’ve explained why I don’t in other places), but I do give you links to the categories, so you can make that choice yourself.
How do you feel about e-books for kids? I have to say, I do feel a sense of history in having some of my Oz books that are over 100 years old…but I’d rather have as few barriers to reading as possible. Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.
For somewhat older kids, Amazon Gift Cards can also be a really appreciated way to go.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.