Bestselling books the week of 2/16/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Grosset & Dunlap
2. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
3. Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty, Harry N. Abrams
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
5. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illus.), Simon & Schuster (BYR)
6. Llama Llama I Love You, by Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers
7. A Charlie Brown Valentine, by Charles M. Schulz, Simon Spotlight - Debut
8. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Children's Books
9. Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.), Dial
10. I Love You, Spot, by Eric Hill, Warne - Debut
11. A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara, Triangle Square - Debut
12. The Valentine Bears, by Eve Bunting, Jan Brett (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers - Debut
13. Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden
14. Elmo Loves You, by Sarah Albee, Maggie Swanson (Illus.), Golden Books
15. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, Harper

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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”:

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