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The Weekly Top 10 Children’s Bestseller List

Every Monday Better Reading brings you the Top 10 Bestselling Children’s Book list – it’s the perfect place to find new book ideas for your little reader.

Whip out your war cry and pull on your party pants. It’s the ultimate battle between bad and baaad! It’s season finale time, playas! At (#1) Aaron Blabey’s The Bad Guys Episode 10: The Baddest Day Ever.

The 117-Storey Treehouse (#2) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton remains on the list. This is the latest instalment in the best-selling series and little fans everywhere will be celebrating.

The Treehouse Joke Book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton is up next and will have everyone laughing, and joins the list at (#3)

At (#4) is The Return of Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey. Thelma the Unicorn didn’t like being famous, so she fled the spotlight and disappeared . . . But the world was heartbroken! We miss our unicorn! Thelma, it’s time to get your sparkle back on . . .

Next up, from the creator of Captain Underpants, is Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls (#5). This is the seventh book in the Dog Man series where he finds himself up against an all new super-villain!

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan joins the list (#6). The former God Apollo is having a pretty rough time of it. Well, for one thing, he’s called Lester. But being an awkward mortal teenager is the least of his worries.

Though he and his friends (some of them) have emerged from the Burning Maze, they still have a triumvirate to defeat, oracles to rescue, and prophecies to decipher, so that the world may be saved, and Lester can become Apollo once again.

The Weirdo series WeirDo #13: Weirdomania!, remains on the list (#7). Everyone is going nuts for Wrestle-crazia the coolest wrestling show around! Can Weir come up with an awesome idea to win tickets for his whole family to see the show? It won’t be easy… but it will be funny!

Guts by Raina Telgemeier joins the list at (#8). Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on?

The Secret Commonwealth (#9) by Philip Pullman is next. Master storyteller Philip Pullman continues the incredible journey of Lyra Silvertongue in the second volume of The Book of Dust.

It is almost ten years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .

The second volume of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

Last but not least is Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee joins the list this week (#10). Wizz is back, and he’s up to his old tricks again. He definitely does not want you to read this book, and he’ll use every trick he can think of to stop you reaching the end! What disaster awaits at the end of the book this time? This fun story will delight children and adults alike. Keep turning the pages and find out what happens when you reach the end all over again, if you dare!

You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling fiction list and top 10 bestselling non-fiction list on Better Reading.

© Nielsen BookScan 2019 Week Ending 28/09/19.

  1. The Bad Guys Episode 10: The Baddest Day Ever by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  2. The 117-Storey Treehouseby Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan)
  3. The Treehouse Joke Book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan)
  4. The Return of Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  5. Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rollsby Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
  6. The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan (Puffin)
  7. WeirDo #13: Weirdomania! by Anh Do (Scholastic)
  8. Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  9. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  10. Definitely Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee (Lake Press)


  1. Ali Syed

    i have bought the 39 storey tree house and am longing to go through it asap

  2. Sandy

    Hi. Is there a reason Aurora Rising is included in this list? It’s more YA than kids.

  3. Kacy McKenzie

    Any of the Terry Denton books- quick to read and funny.

    Latest one I would name – 91 but the other 6 are great too.

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