A recommended Publishers Weekly feature about the mood in bookstores what’s hot in children’s sales this summer (in America)
While sales for Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy (Scholastic) and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton) may have dropped off at many stores from last summer’s highs, Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries series is still going strong, with number six, Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (S&S/Aladdin), topping many bookstores’ kids list.
Other children’s books and series with staying power include R.J. Palacio’s Wonder (Knopf), published a year and a half ago, and Pete the Cat (HarperCollins). “Anything with beach scenes on the front is doing well for us,” says Robin Allen, owner of Forever Books in St. Joseph, Mich., whose customers are grabbing Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach and Pete the Cat: Play Ball!, both created by James Dean. Sarah Dessen’s name also popped up on bestseller lists at a number of stores, like Hooray for Books!, which has been doing particularly well with her new novel, The Moon and More (Viking).