Of course, not all bestsellers are great books. Think of the mountains of 50 Shades of Gray that people donated for free to community libraries around the world. But it’s also true that great books are always best sellers. Amazone updates its best-selling books lists every hour. After researching different categories of children’s bestsellers, I discovered that the Amazonian chart is a fantasy realm.
The uncrowned kings of the top twenty are the young magicians, gods, and supermen from the books of J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, and Suzanne Collins. Then the good old classics and some interesting children’s fiction novelties are connected to them.
Harry Potter Series. J.K. Rowling
Everything has already been saying about Harry Potter and the influence of his story on entire generations of young people, even that children who read these books grow up more adapted to life. The Harry Potter books feature on every possible recommended reading list for teens.
Wonder. R. J. Palacio,
RJ Palacio’s bestseller tells the story of Augustus, a boy with a rare genetic abnormality: all his features are jumbled. He underwent 27 operations, and by the age of 10, he had never been to school. And now I have to go there. For the first time. Ordinary children. By the way, in November there will be a film adaptation with Julia Roberts as the main character’s mother.
A crack in time. Madeleine L’Engle,
Well, again, strange guests in the night come to the sleeping children and take them on the most dangerous and incredible adventure, which endangered not only their lives but the very existence of our Universe. After Peter Pan and the Big Friendly Giant, I think it’s time for parents to put bars on the nursery windows. Or is it too much?
Island of blue dolphins. Scott O’Dell,
The author is the winner of the 1972 Andersen Prize. The heroine of the book is the Indian girl Karana, one of the entire tribe remained on a small island off the Californian coast. Karana managed to establish a life of solitude, provide herself with food, and a safe shelter. The most important thing for Karana is her relationship with animals. For her, “animals and birds are the same people, only with their own language and their own manner of behavior. Without them, life in this world would be very dreary. “Island of the Blue Dolphins received the Newbury Medal in 1961.
Charlotte’s Web. Alvin Brooks White
A classic children’s book that was first published back in 1952. It tells about the friendship of a girl named Fern and a piglet Wilbur, whom she saved from death. Wilbur ends up at the Animal Farm, where he is not well received, especially because, in the opinion of its inhabitants, the pig does not have long to live. But there is also the spider Charlotte, who knows how to weave a magic web of words that will convince the farmer to keep the piglet alive.
Diary of a weakling. Jeff Kinney.
Self-irony is perhaps the quality that can save a teenager from the consequences of low self-esteem. This is exactly what high school student Greg Heffley does. At school, he is not popular; girls do not pay attention to him; at home, there are parents who do not understand him and a brother who would not be better at all. But Greg does not give up: he keeps a diary, in which diligently and with humor records all his attempts to become “cool”: he experiments with weightlifting, creates his own haunted house, builds a huge snowman to get into the Book of Records.
The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins.
The trilogy became an instant worldwide bestseller. The first two novels were on the list of the best-selling books in the United States for almost two years. The action takes place in a cruel post-apocalyptic world where rulers oppress the poor and even arrange creepy survival games.
Percy Jackson. The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan.
The series of novels is based on ancient Greek mythology. If you wanted to introduce children to it, then the only thing left to do is to do this, because the young man Percy Jackson is no more, no less – the son of the ancient Greek god of the seas, Poseidon. It turns out that everything that was said in the myths about gods, titans, monsters, and heroes is true. And he, Percy Jackson, is one of the many half-blood children of these gods. The gods moved from Greece to the United States, so the kingdom of gloomy Hades is near Los Angeles, and Olympus is on the mythical 600th floor of the Empire State Building in New York. Well, and the Sea of Monsters, in which Odysseus himself sailed, is in the Bermuda Triangle. The lightning that Percy stole is, of course, the lightning of Zeus.
Invented by girls. Stories of Outstanding Inventors
We have been waiting for this book for a long, very long time, and finally, we waited. I think that it is worth reading for both boys and, of course, girls. Who Said Invention Is A Boys’ Occupation? But the heroines of the book prove the opposite. A new idea can come to any person’s head, and you just need to be able to bring it to life. I think this book will serve as an example, give inspiration, and give courage to young inventors.
The Book Thief. Markus Zusak.
It is not for nothing that this novel is often called a book-discovery: in The Guardian’s rating, “The Book Thief” entered the top ten books “that will change your thinking”, and the book has been in the top thirty in the top-selling on Amazon for several years. The story is about a girl who loved books, knew how to be friends, and distinguish between good and evil.
We were liars. Emily Lockhart.
The impressive suspense novel by Emily Lockhart, a US National Book Award finalist and winner of the National Library Association’s Printz Award for Best Book for Young Readers, ranked among The New York Times’ Top 10 Teenage Bestsellers in 2014. There were Sinclairs – who fly only first-class and always lived in five-star hotels. There was a private family island. There was She, a girl – the first granddaughter, white-skinned, tall, beautiful. There was he, a guy – a riot, ambition, and strong coffee. There were four friends, liars, summer, names in the sand, and the smell of the ocean. There was first love. Was it a disaster? She asks questions. She writes them on stickers above the bed. She wants to know the truth. But he hears a lie. Lying. Lying. But she still finds out the truth. And you will recognize her too. But if you are asked how this book ends, don’t say for anything. You better lie.
Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Karl.
And finally, a book for the little ones. This is a nice children’s book, in which a very hungry caterpillar “eats” a hole through thick cardboard pages, hunger gradually releases it, and it becomes a beautiful butterfly.