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Bestselling Children’s Books by Self-Published Authors

We’ve created a list of the bestselling children’s books by self-published authors this week.

Our weekly self published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists for other kinds of indie writers.

We’ve also covered science fiction bestsellers by self published authors and a list of the mystery, thriller & suspense bestsellers by self-published authors.

What other genres would you like us to analyze in future lists?

Bestselling Children’s Books by Self-Published Authors 

1. Slumber Party Wars by Melanie Marks: “When twelve-year-old, Nicole, is forced to go to a new school, nothing goes right. She swallows her contacts, throws up on the boy she likes, and looks like a dork in front of Sara, the girl she wants to be friends with most.”

2. The Monster That Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo: “What happens to all those socks that go missing? Monsters eat them of course!”

3. Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson: “My name is Chase Cooper, and I’m a 6th grade ninja. It’s my first day at a different school and the only person I know is my cousin, Zoe (but she might be a little too cool for me).”

4. Maggie and the Perfect Puppy by Courtney Ruffalo: “Maggie is an extremely bright and imaginative 5 1/2 year old (although she tells everyone she meets “I’m practically six”). Maggie wants to imagine a world more fantastic than her own. She wishes for impossible, fairy tale-like experiences but accepts the world as it is.”

5. Maggie and the Trouble with Monkeys by Courtney Ruffalo: “In this first installment in the series Maggie is imagining all the ways her brother acts like a monkey.”

6. Dolphins: Playmates of the Sea by Caitlind Alexander: “Dolphins are mammals that live in the ocean. They have smooth, gray skin. Their skin feels like rubber. The dolphin’s mouth is filled with rows and rows of sharp teeth.”

7. Jocomo by Timothy Cohorst: “In this tale, written entirely in verse for the intermediate to advanced reader, Jocomo’s journey takes him afar, not in a plane, or a train, or a car, to a place where his differences trump “fitting in”, and his talents inspire a Kingdom to grin.” 

8. Careful Carol by Jackie Burch: “Meet Careful Carol: the little girl in green here to teach your child about being safe. As Carol learns to swim, bike and bake goodies in the kitchen, she makes being careful easy and approachable for young children.”

9. Little Pig, Little Pig by Robin Frederick: “Piggy was all alone and without hope until someone came knocking on his door.”

Last week, literary agent Jason Ashlock wrote us: “Good list, but may I recommend you not build a list based solely on Amazon sales? Nook, Kobo, etc are elevating great writers too.” Taking his point into account, we are experimenting with a new format for these genre-based lists. 

This list was created by collecting the three most popular self-published books in three different marketplaces: the “Children’s Books” Best Sellers list at Amazon, the “Kids & Young Readers” bestsellers at Barnes & Noble and the bestselling “Children’s Books” category at Smashwords. 

What do you think? If you believe your book should (or should not) be included in our rankings, feel free to email GalleyCat with your concerns.

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