It’s refreshing to see a literary list of hot children’s books after playing with different holiday toy predictions over the past few weeks. Children’s book experts from Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs have compiled a list of what they deem will be the most popular titles this holiday season.
Some of the book selections include new releases and sequels for popular series, such as The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, and The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 2: A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson. Other titles are tied to anticipated film releases such as War Horse, Hugo and The Hunger Games, all of which are based on books.
Picture books topping the holiday list include 10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. (Simon & Schuster), Can You See What I See? Toyland Express written and illustrated by Walter Wick (Scholastic) and Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Treasury written and illustrated by Victoria Kann (HarperCollins).
Hit young adult books are expected to include Crossed by Ally Condie (Penguin), Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Random House) and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic).
Meanwhile, nonfiction titles on the list include How Cool Is This: An Up-close, Inside Look at How Things Work (DK Publishing), Lego Harry Potter: Building The Magical World (DK Publishing) and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2012 (Scholastic).