Bestselling books the week of 1/5/12, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.


1. I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen, Candlewick
 2. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
 3. The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin
 4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
 5. The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Laurel Long, Dial
 6. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, Harper
 7. Home for Christmas, by Jan Brett, Putnam
 8. Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden
 9. The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book, by Rufus Butler Seder (Illus.), Workman
 10. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle
 11. If You Give a Dog a Donut, by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Balzer & Bray/Harper
 12. Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers, Philomel
 13. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle, Philomel
 14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss, Random House
 15. Bad Kitty Christmas, by Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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