mockingbirdHere is the library bound bestseller list for January and comments from Richard Buthod of Turtleback Books.  The more stores and organizations that use this, the more forceful the reminder to schools and libraries that bookstores are part of their success.

Shock of shocks! We have a new number one! Once again one or two huge sales of a title can skew rankings when we are dealing with orders destined for large school systems. Mockingbirds, Gatsby’s, and Shakespeare’s will never go away.

This month we see a return to predictable school titles. The picture books that remain strong are similarly predictable. As you go farther down the list you will find steady sellers for the last fifty years (Mouse Tales, Bread and Jam for Frances, Angus and the Ducks) sprinkled throughout. A mild surprise for me are fairly contemporary titles, hardly classics, that have enduring demand (Into Thin Air, Ender’s Game, Stephen King titles). New titles in current popular series are also strong for us. I am also seeing slippage in 50 Shades of Gray, a phenomenon we knew would end, just not when. It is far from dead, but watch out.



Word-For-Word English-Spanish Harper Collins, Eds. 9780606071444 $17.20

To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper 9780881030525 $18.40

The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott 9781417656639 $26.95

Everyone Poops Gomi, Taro 9780613685726 $18.40

The Pillars Of The Earth Follett, Ken 9781417671687 $18.40

The Story Of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro 9780613301442 $13.55

Atlas Shrugged Rand, Ayn 9780613357661 $20.85

The Catcher In The Rye Salinger, J. D. 9780808514039 $17.20

Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott 9780613824224 $16.00

Big Nate Makes The Grade Peirce, Lincoln 9780606263085 $20.85

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Holland, Jennifer 9780606235037 $25.70

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Wood, Audrey 9780833598813 $18.40

Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare, William 9781417663989 $16.00

House Of Leaves Danielewski, Mark Z. 9781417709045 $34.25

From Dawn To Decadence Barzun, Jacques 9780613708500 $37.90

Starship Troopers Heinlein, Robert A. 9780785787280 $20.85

To Say Nothing Of The Dog, Or, Willis, Connie 9780613152426 $18.40

Fifty Shades Of Grey James, E. L. 9780606259095 $28.10

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book Of Animals Emberley, Ed 9781417734023 $17.20

Spanish-English Dictionary

Stories From The Animal Kingdom

Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear

How We Found The Bishop’s

Bird Stump At Last

This library-bound best seller list is compiled by Turtleback Books from sales within the month of December to independent and chain retailers, wholesalers, internet sites, and commission rep groups serving schools and libraries. For our catalog of 8,000 library-bound titles, visit

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