Top 31 Best Selling Children’s Books Of All Time: From Harry Potter to Cat in the Hat: [2022]

Best Selling Children's Books Of All Time Reviews
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Children love to read aloud books to stimulate their imaginations and broaden their knowledge of the world. This helps children develop their language and listening skills and prepares them for understanding the written word. It’s important to read aloud with your children, even after they learn to read for themselves.

If you are looking for the best selling children’s books, take a look at these books. They have been popular for years and will keep your children entertained as well as giving them a head start on literacy!

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Best Children’s Books of All Time

While authors come and go, others, particularly those who scribe for children, can withstand the yellowing folios. Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, and E.B.

White have delighted children and parents alike with their timeless books for generations. A home library is worth its weight in books without a playful cat, a loving spider, or a furry rabbit named Peter.

Although Seuss, White, and Potter have been the most popular authors on the bestsellers list for generations, something unique, some say magical, took place in the 1990s. J.K. Rowling was a down on her luck British writer who changed the course of children’s literature.

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she introduced us to a boy wizard. Rowling was a best selling author on this planet seven books later. Hogwarts Muggle, Quidditch, and Hogwarts all made their way into the cultural lexicon.

Rowling’s success made Rowling a star on the children’s bestsellers list. Publishers Weekly was the last magazine to list the top children’s books of 2001. This was well before Rowling’s 2007 last volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Rowling sold 15 million copies within 24 hours of the publication, surpassing the previous record, The Poky Little Puppy, published in 1942. [sources: Forbes, Random House].

Rowling had sold approximately 450 million Harry Potter books by 2011. [source: ABC News]. Because trying to control the book’s sales figures is like trying to catch a Golden Snitch in a game of Quidditch, we say or so. You will have read this sentence a few hundred times more Harry Potters and Cat in the Hats.

Best Books For Children

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
50,479 Reviews
Harry Potter and the...
7,964 Reviews
Harry Potter and the Prisoner...
15 Reviews
Harry Potter and the Chamber...
42,922 Reviews

The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle (1969)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle has sold 4,849 704 copes. (2001) This is still the best selling children’s book of all time. Eric Carle knows precisely what we know: Caterpillars love to eat. It also generates lots of revenue through various merchandise, simplified stories, and games.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
50,479 Reviews

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone By J.K. Rowling (1998)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were republished later as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In just three years, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone sold 5,087.304 individual copies.

Rowling’s 1997 book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was Rowling’s first about the bespectacled wizard and the friends he shared it with.

Harry, who lives in a horrible aunt and uncle’s house, receives a letter from an owl inviting him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry just before his eleventh birthday.

Sorcerer’s Stone is currently the sixth most popular book of all time. It is just behind Joseph Smith’s The Book of Mormon. As they say, the rest is history.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban By J.K. Rowling (1999)

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban was the third book in the famous Harry Potter series. It sold 6,314,391 units between 2001 and 2001.

The Harry Potter series is tied for third in terms of best selling books. Harry Potter’s magic made Rowling a millionaire, from a mother living on public assistance.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets By J.K. Rowling (1999)

Following the success of Harry Potter’s first novel, it was expected that the sales for the second installment would be much higher than the previous. There were 6,335,585 individual sales, and that makes up 1.25 million more.

After an unfortunate summer spent with the Dursleys, Harry’s favorite boy wizard returns home to Hogwarts in the second installment of Harry Potter.

Harry is delighted to speak Parseltongue, a language of the language snakes, upon his return. This isn’t enough to compare with the fact that someone is turning Hogwarts students into stone.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire By J.K. Rowling (2000)

The Harry Potter phenomenon was taking off by 2000. It had increased sales of the fourth installment to 7,913,765 in one year!

The Harry Potter saga’s third, fourth, and fifth installments are tied for third best selling books. Harry Potter’s magic made Rowling richer than she was as a mother on public aid.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of...
40,538 Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows By J.K. Rowling

We’re not going to spoil the ending if you haven’t read the last Harry Potter title, in which Harry confronts He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007 and sold 15 million copies within 24 hours.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling

The sixth book of the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince series is about the split in the Wizarding as the war against the evil Lord Voldemort starts. Harry and Dumbledore feverishly try to unravel the complicated story of Tom Riddle, who is the evil Lord.

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web tells the story about the pig who became famous thanks to Charlotte, his barnyard companion and a menagerie in the barnyard? E.B. was not an easy writer. White wrote this story along with Stuart Little. White persevered and was awarded the National Medal for Literature in 1971.

Charlotte's Web
20,554 Reviews

Tootle By Gertrude Crampton (1945)

Tootle, another Little Golden Book is a classic story about a train’s adventures that kids enjoy endlessly. Its sales reached 8,560 277 units in 2001.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

After reading a newspaper article about a toddler that swallowed a turtle, Judy Blume was inspired to create Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Blume wrote the original manuscript, which she called Peter, Fudge, and Dribble, for a picture book.

An editor urged Blume to write a longer story. Blume created Peter Hatcher, his family, and Fudge, his 2-year-old brother. Blume’s Fudge the first book was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

Seuss’s ABC By Dr. Seuss (1960)

Dr. Seuss’ ABC, a less well known Dr. Seuss book, sold 5187,656 copies by 2001.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss (1990)

The last Dr. Seuss book published before his death in 1991 was Oh, the Places You Will Go! In eleven years, he had sold 5,353,426 units.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!  
38,597 Reviews

Hop-On Pop By Dr. Seuss (1963)

Hop-on Pop was a hilarious read that had sold 5,420,890 copies in 2001.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish By Dr. Seuss (1960)

This catchy, rhythmic, and tongue-twisting story has been sold in 6,164,454 copies since 2001.

The Cat In The Hat By Dr. Seuss (1957)

From the beloved Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat was the second most sold Dr. Seuss book with 7,220.982 individual sales in 2001. A successful film adaptation starring Mike Myers was also released in 2003.

Dr. Seuss, a silly cat wearing a hat and millions of Johnnies and Janes taught millions of Johnnies and Janes how to read. Many believed children’s books were boring in the 1950s. They lamented that such literature did not appeal to children.

This was before Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel) wrote The Cat in the Hat, a story about a mischievous feline who visits a brother or sister in a house on a wet day.

Seuss knew that this book would be unique, even though it wasn’t his first. Seuss stated that there was a chance of making a huge noise in the noisy discussion about why Johnny can’t learn to read.

Green Eggs And Ham By Dr. Seuss (1960)

Green Eggs & Ham of Dr. Seuss has been a bestseller for decades and is loved in history. The book sold 8,143,088 copies in 2001. The Dr. Seuss books are still in high demand and will soon sell 10 million copies.

Relate: Top 30 Best Dr. Seuss Books of All Time Review 2022

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit By Beatrix Potter (1902)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, a timeless classic that is also the oldest on this list and a beloved story that will never be forgotten, is timeless.

The classic book has multiple streams of income from individual book sales and merchandise and a television series. The book was sold over a million copies by 2001 and continues to surpass original expectations.

Peter illustrated this classic story about Peter the Disobedient Young Man. Potter learned how to paint with her pets, birds, Lizards, and snake.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
515 Reviews

Scuffy The Tugboat By Gertrude Crampton (1955)

Scuffy The Tugboat, a member of the Little Golden Books classics, is one of the most popular Golden Books ever, with 7,366,073 copies sold in 2001.

Thomas Wolfe once stated that you couldn’t go home again. He didn’t mean Scuffy the Tugboat. Scuffy was meant for more incredible things, and he was not capable of sailing in a bathtub.

Scuffy, with the help of the man wearing a polka dot tie and the man in the polka dots tie, sails down the river. He sees all that the world has to give, even if it is not always pleasant.

Scuffy quickly realizes that he does not mind the tub. Scuffy says back at home, This is the place to build a red painted tugboat. And this is my life.

The Poky Little Puppy By Janette Sebring Lowrey (1942)

Number one is The Poky Little Puppy, the most popular Little Golden Book and best selling children’s book series of all time. It has sold more than 14,898,341 individual copies as of 2001.

Jannette Sebring Lowy wrote The Poky Little Puppy, and Gustaff Tenggren illustrated it. This book was the first to be published before you knew who or the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Poky Little Puppy, one of the 12 original Little Golden Books, was also a bestseller.

The Saggy Baggy Elephant By Kathryn And Byron Jackson (1947)

Another Little Golden Book By Kathryn And Byron Jackson, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, was a classic you would never forget. It sold 7,476,395 copies in 2001.

Sookie, not to be confused, Charlene Harris’s vampire loving Sookie Stackhouse is similar to most elephants. His nose is long, and his skin wrinkled. It’s a great look.

The elephant is made to feel self-conscious by a parrot which makes fun of Sookie’s appearance. He then meets other elephants just like him. In this image conscious age, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, a 1947 poem, still resonates today.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Children’s Literature Association voted Island of Blue Dolphins, one of America’s ten famous children’s books. The story is inspired by the 12-year-old Native American girl Karana’s journey to find her younger brother abandoned on an island. Karana discovers inner strength and serenity after her brother passes away.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
7,760 Reviews

The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein (1964)

A beautiful story about love and the gift of giving: the Giving Tree had sold 5,603,187 units in 2001.

Where The Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein (1974)

Another collection of children’s poems by Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was sold 6,228,042 copies in 2001.

Where the Red Fern Grows By Wilson Rawls

Like the main character in the book, Wilson Rawls, Billy loved the outdoors as a child. Rawls started writing when he was older, even though he didn’t start reading books until high school. Rawls threw away all of his stories at one point and then rewrote them at his wife’s request.

Love You Forever By Robert Munsch

Robert Munsch worked in a daycare. He quickly learned that stories could be used to get children to relax during naptime. Millions of parents have used Love You Forever to get their kids to sleep. Thank you, Robert Munsch.

Love You Forever
49,893 Reviews

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint – Exupéry

One morning, a stranded pilot in the desert wakes up to find the most remarkable little fellow standing before him. The stranger asks, Please draw me a sheep, The pilot realizes that life’s mysteries can be too confusing to comprehend and that he must accept them as they are. He takes out a pencil and paper… This enchanting tale has the power to change the world.

Few stories are as beloved and read as The Little Prince. This stunning translation features beautifully restored artwork. It is the definitive edition of a timeless classic that will appeal to all ages.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Max is a wild and naughty kid who is sent to bed by his exhausted mother without supper. He imagines himself sailing to the Wild Things in his bedroom. The Wild Things do not eat Max, but instead, they make Max their king.

The Littlest Angel By Charles Tazewell (1946)

This post war children’s book had been sold in 5,471,709 copies as of 2001.

The Littlest Angel. Abridged
27 Reviews

Pat the Bunny By Dorothy Kunhardt

Dorothy Kunhardt, a respected children’s author long before Pat the Bunny was written, was well-respected. She believed books were more than just ink on paper. Kunhardt used interactive elements to touch and feel when she wrote Pat the Bunny for Edith, her 3-year-old daughter.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

S.E. wrote The Outsiders, a book about coming of age written for teens. Hinton in the 1960s. Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator of the book. The characters struggle with teenage angst as well as conflicting emotions.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (1964)

A bizarre fantasy that might appeal to many readers. It tells the story of Charlie and four other nefarious children visiting a chocolate factory. There, strange and unique things happen. The four evil children are subject to some unpleasant adventures.

Oompa Loompas, a small group of pygmies who are slaves to the machine, run the factory. One of their songs is about a gum chewer that ended up in a terrible place.

We meet the great chewing machine, which makes a flat stick of gum and serves three courses. Let’s all hope that no machine ever makes such a thing!

Charlie and the Chocolate...
11,323 Reviews

How Do You Choose The Right Books For Your Child?

How Do You Choose The Right Books For Your Child

Ask yourself these questions before you buy:

These book recommendations are age-appropriate

Be aware of the learning benefits and age guidelines of your choices. Board books made of sturdy cardboard or wipeable plastic are good options for your child.

Preschoolers and older toddlers can handle paper pages. They will enjoy the larger picture and lift the flap books, allowing them to get lost in the story.

Your child will love the best books. You might purchase a picture book for your 5-year-old to read aloud. He’ll be reading the book aloud by age 8 and reciting it to you at 6. Select titles that are challenging enough to challenge an independent reader without being too frustrating.

These book recommendations will teach my child what to do.

Preschoolers and babies love books that focus on the basics, such as ABCs, feelings and friendship. They also use repetition, phonics and other literacy tools to help them read. Consider how books will help your child develop vocabulary and comprehension and the themes and possibilities she will discover through reading.

Are these book recommendations appealing in terms of the subject matter?

The rule of thumb is that the more stories your child tell about his life, the younger he will be. Fantasy becomes more critical as he grows older. Be open to his ideas and creative in your choices.

Are they dinosaur lovers? You can give him a picture book of rhyming dinosaurs for bedtime. For solo reading, you could also offer a book on archeological digs.

Are the illustrations and text of these book recommendations appealing to my child?

This is a gut response. Look for familiar characters and illustrations in picture books that grab your attention.

  • You should encourage her to touch, point, and talk about the images. You should also look for books that are fun to read aloud. Poetry or nonsense stories can be a good choice if she enjoys repeating words and phrases aloud.
  • You can choose titles by the same authors if your older child is familiar with a particular author, illustrator or series. You can also choose high-quality books by choosing award-winners.
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  • Choose stories that are engaging and build essential literacy skills for read-aloud. You should find a balance between learning and fun when buying books for independent readers.
  • To help you choose the right books, use our age-by-age guide for different formats and topics. Check out our extensive library of book lists for specific recommendations.

Grades 3 through 5

Grades 3 through 5

  • Mixing fiction and nonfiction will allow her to explore her interests. Dear America diaries allow young historians to travel back in history. At the same time, science-loving kids can enjoy the Magic School Bus’ science adventures.
  • You can help your child transition quickly from picture books to chapter books by choosing those that have large print text and illustrated pages. You might also consider series fiction such as Harry Potter and the Powerpuff Girls or humor stories such as Captain Underpants.

Extend the fun

Talk to your child about the characters, illustrations, and storyline when you read aloud. Reading the text aloud and pointing to the words will help you bring the story to life. Ask him questions about the story and predict the next chapter.

Create a puppet show with your child based on a book you love. Share your storytelling and puppeteering skills and put on a show for the whole family. Make sure to capture it!

You can encourage your child to view books as entertainment by renting a movie of a beloved tale of seeing a live performance featuring a favorite character.

Ask your child to create a short sequel to a favorite chapter book. This will help you to improve your writing skills. Ask him to illustrate the cover.


Children should read for many reasons. Parents can encourage their older children to read and share the joy of reading with them.

A variety of reading options allow a child to discover their interests and build critical skills that will assist them in their future endeavors. I hope that this best selling children’s book was helpful to you. If you like reading books, make sure you follow us to get more informative and entertaining.

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