Children's Books: Bestsellers

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J K Rowling continues to rule the playground: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold just over 300,000 copies since it was published two year's ago. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, published last summer, has sold just under 300,000. Neither show any signs of flagging popularity - these are the new classics enjoyed at bedtime by children and, perhaps more importantly for book sales, by adults too.

Compiled from data supplied on sales over seven days ending 21 March 1999

Bookwatch Ltd, 1999



1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J K Rowling (Bloomsbury) pounds 3.99 3,934

2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J K Rowling (Bloomsbury) pounds 4.99 3,368

3 Skellig David Almond (Signature) pounds 4.99 1,050

4 Girls in Love Jacqueline Wilson (Yearling) pounds 3.99 910

5 Double Act Jacqueline Wilson (Yearling) pounds 3.99 880

6 A Bug's Life: book of the film (Ladybird) pounds 1.99 879

7 Horrible Science: evolve or die Phil Gates (Scholastic) pounds 3.99 831

8 Bumface Morris Gleitzman (Puffin) pounds 3.99 734

9 A Bug's Life (Ladybird Read to Me Plus series) pounds 1.99 679

10 The Lottie Project Jacqueline Wilson (Yearling) pounds 3.99 633