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‘Treehouse’ titles top children’s fiction, nonfiction charts

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ series—which celebrates 10 years in print this year—has topped the Australian children’s fiction chart (The 130-Storey Treehouse) and Australian children’s/YA nonfiction chart (The Treehouse Joke Book 2) for the year-to-date. It’s one of several children’s book series charting strongly in the first four months of the year.

In Australian children’s picture books, Bluey—the popular children’s television series that has turned into a publishing phenomenon—continues to dominate the market. In the charts below we’ve excluded Bluey books in order to showcase a greater variety of titles. However, if we were to include the series, there would be seven Bluey titles in the top 10 picture books and three in the top 10 children’s fiction—accounting for 300,000 copies in total.

Also making an impressive showing in the charts are Anh Do and Lynette Noni. Do has seven titles from four different series in the Australian children’s fiction chart, while Noni has four from three, including the chart-topping The Prison Healer, the first instalment in the author’s newest YA fantasy trilogy.

Australian picture books YTD*

  1. Where Is the Green Sheep? (Mem Fox, illus by Judy Horacek, Puffin)
  2. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Mem Fox, illus by Helen Oxenbury, Puffin)
  3. Do Not Open This Book Ever (Andy Lee, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)
  4. Give Me Some Space (Philip Bunting, Omnibus Books)
  5. Welcome, Baby, to This World! (Jess Racklyeft, Affirm Press)
  6. Where’s the Golden Egg? (Bill Hope, Scholastic Australia)
  7. Back to Sleep (Zoë Foster Blake, Puffin)
  8. Where’s Easter Bunny (Louis Shea, Scholastic Australia)
  9. Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester, Random House Australia)
  10. All the Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys, Scribble)

*excluding Bluey titles

Australian children’s fiction YTD*

  1. The 130-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan Australia)
  2. Ninja Toys! #7: Ninja Kid (Anh Do, Scholastic Australia)
  3. The Traitor: Wolf Girl 4 (Anh Do, Allen & Unwin)
  4. Into the Wild: Wolf Girl 1 (Anh Do, Allen & Unwin)
  5. Tasty Weird #16: Weirdo (Anh Do, Scholastic Australia)
  6. The Great Escape: Wolf Girl 2 (Anh Do, Allen & Unwin)
  7. The Secret Cave: Wolf Girl 3 (Anh Do, Allen & Unwin)
  8. Robofight: E-Boy 2 (Anh Do, Allen & Unwin)
  9. Bad Guys Episode 12: Bad Guys (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Australia)
  10. The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan Australia)

*excluding Bluey titles

Australian YA fiction bestsellers YTD      

  1. The Prison Healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin Books Australia)
  2. The Boy from the Mish (Gary Lonesborough, Allen & Unwin)
  3. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London (Garth Nix, Allen & Unwin)
  4. Whisper and Weapon Bind-up (Lynette Noni, Pantera Press)
  5. Akarnae: Medoran Chronicles Book 1 (Lynette Noni, Pantera Press)
  6. The Other Side of the Sky (Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, Allen & Unwin)
  7. None Shall Sleep (Ellie Marney, Allen & Unwin)
  8. The Secret Runners of New York (Matthew Reilly, Macmillan Australia)
  9. Aurora Rising: The Aurora Cycle 1 (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Allen & Unwin)
  10. Raelia: Medoran Chronicles Book 2 (Lynette Noni, Pantera Press)

Australian children’s/YA nonfiction YTD

  1. The Treehouse Joke Book 2 (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan Australia)
  2. Girl Stuff 8-12 (Kaz Cooke, Viking)
  3. Australia (Pete Cromer, Five Mile)
  4. The Treehouse Joke Book (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan Australia)
  5. Penguin Bloom (Young Readers’ Edition) Chris Kunz, Harry Cripps & Sha Grant, ABC Books)
  6. Unbinders: Origami Anything! (Matthew Gardiner, Hinkler Books)
  7. Young Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
  8. The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals (Sami Bayly, Lothian)
  9. Terry Denton’s Really Truly Amazing Guide to Everything (Terry Denton, Puffin)
  10. Be Your Own Man (Jess Sanders, Five Mile).

© Nielsen BookScan 2021
Period covered: 3 January 2021 to 1 May 2021
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1500 retailers nationwide


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