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‘Alpacas with Maracas’ tops Australian picture book bestsellers chart

Over one million children in schools, libraries and bookshops across Australia participated in this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime on 22 May, so it was no surprise to see the chosen title, Matt Cosgrove’s Alpacas with Maracas, at the top of the Australian picture book bestsellers chart in May. Among the new entries in the chart are Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys’ 2018 picture book All the Ways to Be Smart, which continues to win fans in Australia and abroad (it will be distributed in the US in September); and Claris: Fashion Show Fiasco by fashion illustrator Megan Hess, the follow-up to last year’s bestseller Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris, about a mouse who dreams of moving to Paris to follow her fashion dreams.

Australian picture book bestsellers: May

  1. Alpacas with Maracas (Matt Cosgrove, Koala Books)
  2. A Stack of Alpacas (Matt Cosgrove, Omnibus Books)
  3. Macca the Alpaca (Matt Cosgrove, Koala Books)
  4. Where Is the Green Sheep? (Mem Fox & Judy Horacek, Puffin)
  5. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury, Puffin)
  6. All the Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys, Scribe Publications)
  7. Pig the Grub (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  8. Claris: Fashion Show Fiasco (Megan Hess, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  9. Thanks, Mum! (Matt Cosgrove, Scholastic)
  10. Thelma the Unicorn (with Unicorn Horn) (Aaron Blabey, Koala Books)

© Nielsen BookScan 2019
Period covered: 5 May to 1 June 2019
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide


Category: Think Australian Junior Bestsellers