Bestselling books the week of 02/06/14, according to IndieBound*


1. Locomotive, by Brian Floca, Atheneum
2. The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel
3. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
4. Journey, by Aaron Becker, Candlewick
5. The I Love You Book, by Todd Parr, LB Kids
6. Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool, by Kimberly Dean, James Dean (Illus.), HarperFestival
7. Mr. Wuffles!, by David Wiesner, Clarion
8. What Does the Fox Say?, by Ylvis, Svein Nyhus (Illus.), S&S
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
10. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown, Little Brown
11. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies, by Cokie Roberts, Diane Goode (Illus.), Harper
12. Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden
13. Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann, Putnam
14. Olivia and the Perfect Valentine, by Natalie Shaw, Shane L. Johnson (Illus.), Simon Spotlight
15. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle

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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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