Bestselling books the week of 11/22/12, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
 2. Safari: A Photicular Book, by Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann, Workman
 3. The Thankful Book, by Todd Parr, Little Brown
 4. This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen, Candlewick
 5. This Moose Belongs to Me, by Oliver Jeffers, Philomel
 6. I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen, Candlewick
 7. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer, Atheneum
 8. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle
 9. Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illus.), Margaret K. McElderry Books
 10. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, by Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.), Harper
 11. Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Olé, by Judy Schachner, Dial Books
 12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
 13. The Elf on the Shelf, by Carol Abersoldt, Coe Steinwart (Illus.), CCA and B
 14. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?, by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illus.), Blue Sky Press
 15. The Night Before Thanksgiving, by Natasha Wing, Tammie Lyon (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap

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Dear Reader,

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