Bestselling books the week of 12/1/16, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America?


1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss, Random House
2. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
3. Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illus.), Abrams Books for Young Readers
4. We Found a Hat, by Jon Klassen, Candlewick Press
5. Give Please a Chance, by Bill O'Reilly, James Patterson, Jimmy Patterson – Debut
6. Gingerbread Christmas, by Jan Brett, Putnam
7. Little Blue Truck's Christmas, by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), Harcourt
8. The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, Harcourt
9. The Mitten, by Jan Brett, Putnam
10. If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illus.), Harper
11. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illus.), Dutton
12. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, Harper
13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
14. Penguin Problems, by Jory John, Lane Smith (Illus.), Random House Books for Young Readers
15. Hotel Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion

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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.”

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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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