By Casey Wilson
If you’re as fascinated by numbers and charts as I am (perhaps because, as a word person, they never *quite* make sense to me) then this list of the 100 best-selling books of 2011, as tabulated by USA Today, is worth checking out. The list covers both fiction and nonfiction, children’s and adult books.
A couple of the children’s literature related highlights:
- The Hunger Games sits at number 2, just behind The Help
- In fact, the entire Hunger Games trilogy is in the top 10
- Also in the top 10? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
- Jeff Kinney and Rick Riordan dominate the children’s lit portion of the list, with multiple entries each
- In total, a quarter of the 100 books are for kids or teens
If we needed any proof about the sway of kid lit and YA in the market, we have it.
Casey Wilson is a PhD student.