What Are the Best-Selling Children’s Books?

Reading is an integral part of a child’s development. Reading introduces children to different themes, expands their vocabulary, and promotes interests. Reading children’s books can be a fun learning experience for a child, a memorable experience for a family, and a nostalgic experience for adults. Everyone has a favorite kids’ book (or favorite kids’ books!), that bring them back to the wonderful feeling of being a kid. What are the most popular kids’ books of all time? Sales figures are probably the best metric to measure that on. Based on sales, the most popular children’s book is The Little Price, having sold over 200 million copies since its debut in 1943. For the rest of the 45 best-selling children’s books of all time, read on with playground company AAA State of Play.com’s cute new visualization below.


While perusing this infographic, you’ll notice that some of the books listed have a more mature theme. That is because this analysis covers books for both young children and young adults.

According to AAAStateofPlay.com’s study, the top 5 best-selling children’s books of all time are as follows:

  1. The Little Price (1943)
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997)
  3. The Hobbit (1937)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)

Considering so many of the top 5 children’s books are Harry Potter books, it’s no surprise that they are also the top-selling children’s book series of all time.

Here are the top 5 best-selling kids’ book series of all time:

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  2. Goosebumps by R.L. Stein
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  4. Berenstain Bears by Stan and Janice Berenstain
  5. and the Choose Your Own Adventure series which were helmed by various authors.

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