What Are the Best-Selling Young Adult and Children’s Books in History?

Children’s books hold a special place in many people’s hearts, from kids to adults alike. Classics like Heidi and Black Beauty have been favorites for more than 100 years, and newer titles like The Very Hungry Caterpillar have quickly become staples in bookshelves around the world.

Which children’s and young adult books have sold the most copies worldwide? AAAStateOfPlay.com took sales data to create the following graphic that visualizes the best-selling children’s books in history. How many of the top best-selling children’s and young adult books have you read?

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (200 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (120 million copies)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (100 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (77 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (65 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (65 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (65 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling (65 million copies)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (65 million copies)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri (50 million copies)
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (50 million copies)
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (50 million copies)
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (50 million copies)
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (50 million copies)

In addition to the above best-selling books, the following are the best-selling book series:

  • Harry Potter (600 million books sold)
  • Goosebumps (400 million books sold)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (275 million books sold)
  • Berenstain Bears (260 million books sold)
  • Choose Your Own Adventure (250 million books sold)

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