Bestselling books the week of 3/9/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores all across America.


1. Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle
2. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
3. Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, Random House
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
5. The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, Random House
6. Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty, Harry N. Abrams
7. Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
8. A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara, Triangle Square
9. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe, Little Brown - Debut
10. Dance, by Matthew Van Fleet, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
11. Life on Mars, by Jon Agee, Dial - Debut
12. Oh, the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss, Random House
13. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, Harper
14. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss, Random House
15. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illus.), Simon & Schuster (BYR)

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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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