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‘The 65-Storey Treehouse’ tops Australian children’s bestsellers charts

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 65-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has topped the Australian children’s bestsellers chart for July 2015-June 2016, selling an astounding 347,000 titles over this period.

This is the fifth year that a ‘Treehouse’ book has topped the Australian children’s bestsellers chart, with the number of copies sold increasing each year with each new installment.

The bestselling Australian children’s picture book in 2015-16 was Mem Fox’s Where is the Green Sheep? (illus by Judy Horacek, Puffin), which sold 45,000 copies, followed by Possum Magic (Mem Fox, illus by Julie Vivas, Omnibus Books) with 43,000 copies and Pig the Pug (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) with 31,000 copies.

Four of the top 10 Australian children’s picture books were written by Aaron Blabey, three by Mem Fox and two by Nick Bland.

The ‘Treehouse’ series occupied the top five spots in the Australian children’s fiction top 10 chart for 2015-16. Also in the top 10 were four books in Anh Do’s ‘WeirDo’ series.

The bestselling Australian YA book in 2015-16 was Isobelle Carmody’s The Red Queen (Viking), the final book in the author’s ‘Obernewtyn’ series, which sold 18,000. It was followed by Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U) with 9000 copies and Zeroes (Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Debroah Biancotti, A&U) with 8000 copies.

Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sale monitoring system. Figures in the right-hand column indicate sales by volume, rounded to the nearest 1000.








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