Holiday perennial favourites: Juvenile and YA

The holidays are fast approaching and if you want to know the Juvenile and YA titles that are tried and true over the festive season, look no further. Fortunately, we at BookNet Canada have made that kind of question our business.

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Armed with over 10 years of data collected from BNC SalesData, we have compiled a list of English-language titles that have sold reliably well in the print market over the five-year period from 2012 to 2016. We searched for titles that ranked well in their category for the last eight weeks of the year, every year from 2012 to 2016. Once a list of titles was compiled, we sorted it by units sold in 2016 to ensure that the title rankings reflected each title’s current relevance. We should note that these titles may never have been bestsellers, but they have remained consistent, reliable sellers over the years. For the purposes of this post, we have combined results for the Juvenile and YA categories to bring you one list.

This is the last post in our perennial favourites series. (If you missed the first two, you can find them here: Fiction and Non-Fiction.)

Here are the perennial Juvenile and YA favourites over the holidays:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney
Abrams, Inc.
9781419705847
The Elf on the Shelf
Carol Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell, illustrated by Coe Steinwart
CCA & B, LLC
9780976990703
Love You Forever
Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
Firefly Books
9780920668375
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Dr. Seuss
Random House Children's Books
9780394800790
A Porcupine in a Pine Tree
Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
HarperCollins
9780545986632
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Random House Children's Books
9780375842207
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
Penguin Young Readers Group
9780399226908
Goodnight Moon
Margaret Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
Penguin Books
9780694003617
The Maze Runner
James Dashner
Random House Children's Books
9780385737951
The Paper Bag Princess
Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Annick Press
9780920236161
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
  2. The Elf on the Shelf written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell, illustrated by Coe Steinwart
  3. Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw (Canadian)
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  5. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmermann (Canadian)
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  10. The Paper Bag Princess written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Canadian)

Beloved Canadian author Robert Munsch is a perennial holiday mainstay for shoppers; two of his titles, Love You Forever and The Paper Bag Princess, sit comfortably in the top 10. There are two Christmas-themed books, The Elf on the Shelf and the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in the top five. Overall, the Juvenile and YA top 10 are more Christmas-oriented than the Fiction and Non-Fiction lists, possibly due in part to the demographic of this category.

We hope you have enjoyed our study on holiday perennial favourites. If you haven't already, check out our previous entries on the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories! Enjoy the holidays, and happy reading!