Here are the top ten picture books for January 15, 2012.
1. Heaven is for Real for Kids
(Todd & Sonja Burpo)
2. The Night Before Christmas
(Clement C. Moore)
3. I Want My Hat Back
4. Goodnight, Goodnight construction Site
5. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
(Jeny Slate & Dean Fleischer-Camp)
6. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
7. If You Give a Dog a Donut
8. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
9. Wizard of Oz Scanimation
(Rufus Butler Seder)
The more things change the more they stay the same. Five out of the ten authors are big name authors. These are writers who not only know how to write a good tale, but they know how to sell their work, they know how to promote it. Apparently authors 25, 50 or 100 years ago used to buy out the first printing of their book to make it appear that it was popular. And, of course, they practise perseverence. Once they find a winning formula, they stick with it. It's so much easier to get published if you are known rather than unknown. Apparently, known authors have written books under pseudonyms that have been rejected by publisher after publisher.