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Visit your local library for these exciting titles from the NYTimes Bestseller List!
(May 2023)

Children's Picture Books - Top 10

  • 1 THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin. (Random House) A celebration of future possibilities.
  • 2 DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. (Dial) What to serve your dragon-guests.
  • 3 THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. (Philomel) Problems arise when Duncan's crayons revolt.
  • 4 WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? by Kobi Yamada. Illustrated by Mae Besom. (Compendium) Giving a new idea the room to grow.
  • 5 WOO HOO! YOU'RE DOING GREAT! by Sandra Boynton. (Little, Brown) A cheerleading chicken boosts readers' self-esteem.
  • 6 I WISH YOU MORE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. (Chronicle) A bounty of good wishes.
  • 7 THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak. (Dial) Silly songs and sound effects.
  • 8 GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry. (Clarion) Blue and Toad offer shelter from a storm to other farm animals.
  • 9 GRUMPY MONKEY by Suzanne Lang. Illustrated by Max Lang. (Random House) Jim Panzee is having a bad day.
  • 10 THE SMART COOKIE by Jory John. Illustrated by Pete Oswald. (Harper) Cookie builds up her self-confidence.

Children's Middle Grade (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 WONDER by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf) A boy with a facial deformity starts school.
  • 2 REFUGEE by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Three children in three different conflicts look for safe haven.
  • 3 THE COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS by America's Test Kitchen Kids. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) Over 100 kid-tested recipes from America's Test Kitchen.
  • 4 THE RHYTHM OF TIME by Questlove with S.A. Cosby. (Putnam) Rahim receives a cellphone from his inventor friend Kasia, which accidentally transports him back to the year 1997.
  • 5 BIG TREE by Brian Selznick. (Scholastic) Two sycamore seeds seek solace in the Cretaceous Period after being forced from their mother tree.
  • 6 ODDER by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. (Feiwel & Friends) After a shark attack, Odder recuperates at the aquarium with the scientists who raised her.
  • 7 NIC BLAKE AND THE REMARKABLES by Angie Thomas. (Balzer + Bray) Nic and two friends hunt for a powerful magic tool to save her father from imprisonment.
  • 8 ONCE THERE WAS by Kiyash Monsef. (Simon & Schuster) After the death of her father, who was a veterinarian to mythical creatures, Marjan must now take his place.
  • 9 TWO DEGREES by Alan Gratz. (Scholastic) Four kids simultaneously experience three natural catastrophes due to climate change.
  • 10 FREEWATER by Amina Luqman-Dawson. (Little, Brown) Homer and Ada run away from Southerland Plantation and discover a community created by formerly enslaved people.

Young Adult Books (Hardcover) - Top 10

  • 1 FIVE SURVIVE by Holly Jackson. (Delacorte) Six friends on a spring break road trip in an R.V. are the target of a sniper.
  • 2 SILVER IN THE BONE by Alexandra Bracken. (Knopf) Tamsin Lark is on a quest to retrieve a magic ring that may break a curse on her brother, Cabell.
  • 3 NICK AND CHARLIE by Alice Oseman. (Scholastic) Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart when Nick leaves for university.
  • 4 THE FIRST TO DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera. (Quill Tree) In this prequel to "They Both Die at the End," Orion and Valentino attend the premier of Death-Cast in Times Square.
  • 5 LIGHTLARK by Alex Aster. (Amulet) Every 100 years the island of Lightlark appears and a deadly competition called the Centennial takes place.
  • 6 THE STOLEN HEIR by Holly Black. (Little, Brown) Runaway Queen Suren and Prince Oak embark on a deadly and dangerous mission to the north.
  • 7 SPELL BOUND by F.T. Lukens. (Margaret K. McElderry) Two rival apprentice sorcerers must work together against the Magical Consortium to rescue their mentors.
  • 8 THE LITTLE MERMAID: AGAINST THE TIDE by J. Elle. (Disney) Ariel and her siblings must find their abducted sister, Mala, before the Coral Moon approaches.
  • 9 IF I SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW by Robbie Couch. (Simon & Schuster) Caught in a time loop, Clark relives the same day over and over until he meets Beau and tries to break the cycle.
  • 10 SHE IS A HAUNTING by Trang Thanh Tran. (Bloomsbury) Jade Nguyen travels to Vietnam with her younger sister, Lily, to visit their father who's restoring an old French colonial house which is haunted.

Children's Series - Top 10

  • 1 A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Holly Jackson. (Delacorte) Pippa Fitz-Amobi solves murderous crimes.
  • 2 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet) The travails and challenges of adolescence.
  • 3 HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling. (Scholastic) A wizard hones his conjuring skills in the service of fighting evil.
  • 4 THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic) In a dystopia, a girl fights for survival on live TV.
  • 5 THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY TRILOGY by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster) A beach house, summer love and enduring friendships.
  • 6 SHADOW AND BONE TRILOGY by Leigh Bardugo. (Square Fish) The basis of the Netflix series; previously titled "The Grisha Trilogy."
  • 7 CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. (Scholastic) Boys and their principal fight evil.
  • 8 PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion) A boy battles mythological monsters.
  • 9 THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. (Little, Brown) Avery Grambs tries to figure out why an inheritance from a stranger was bestowed upon her.
  • 10 WINGS OF FIRE by Tui T. Sutherland. (Scholastic) Only the five dragonets of destiny can unite the seven warring dragon tribes.