Bestselling books the week of 10/23/14, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak, Dial
2. Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin
3. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
4. Once Upon an Alphabet, by Oliver Jeffers, Philomel
5. The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel
6. Otis and the Scarecrow, b yLoren Long, Philomel
7. Llama Llama Trick or Treat, by Anna Dewdney, Viking Children's Books
8. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma, by Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Dial
9. Happy Halloween, Ladybug Girl!, by David Soman, Jacky Davis, Grosset & Dunlap
10. Frozen (Little Golden Book), by Victoria Saxon, Grace Lee (Illus.), Random House/Disney
11. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, Harper
12. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Candlewick
13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
14. Frozen: Anna's Act of Love/Elsa's Icy Magic, by Lisa Marsoli, Joey Chou (Illus.), Random House/Disney
15. Uni the Unicorn, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Random House

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