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The Bookies Bestsellers of 2015!
In some ways, 2015 seemed to be a year of looking back in the book world. It was the year that uncovered more writing from beloved authors Dr. Seuss and Harper Lee, and also the year that many adults rediscovered their childhood joy of coloring. And, according to The New York Times, 2015 was the year the nation didn't read literary fiction as expected!

But, closer to home, what appealed to Denver readers this year? Which books took the honors as Bookies Bestsellers in 2015?

Bookies 2015 Top 10 - Children
In first place for children... All bow down to the powers of a princess who is not what you might expect. The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, was easily our childrens' number one. We first fell in love with this book when it came out in 2014, and its publication in paperback this year has clearly boosted its popularity even more. And now there's a sequel - The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party. Second place goes to Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo - up from last year's sixth place - and third to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, a new entry in the charts, but, like Mercy Watson, a book that is popular with both families and schools. Toddlers make their first wishes known at number four, with Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann and reappear at number six with Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, which was last
year's number one. El Deafo was our highest selling graphic novel, and takes number seven overall. And our bestseller for young adult readers, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, only just missed our top ten.
Numbers in brackets show places in last year's chart, with a '+' meaning the book is a new entry in our bestseller list.
1.  The Princess in Black Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (+)
2.  Mercy Watson to the Rescue Kate DiCamillo (6)
3.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Chris Grabenstein (+)
4.  Good Night, Gorilla Peggy Rathmann (+)
5.  The Cat on the Mat is Flat Andy Griffiths (9)
6.  Where is the Green Sheep? Mem Fox (1)
7.  El Deafo CeCe Bell (+)
8.  Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech (+)
9.  The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate (+)
Mo Willems' adored Elephant and Piggie characters make their first appearance just outside our top 10 with Waiting is Not Easy!, and other titles by Willems appear throughout our top 50. Also just outside the top 10 is Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and last year's number two - Brainwashed by Paul Aertker.
Bookies 2015 Top 10 - Adult
All the Light We Cannot See
Last year we didn't do a full top 10 for adults, but our number one was local doctor Jules Amer's Intimate Strangers: Stories from a Lifetime of Practicing Medicine, which, while it continued to sell well in 2015, could not keep up with the year's huge sellers. Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See takes the number one spot with a generous margin. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has dominated headlines and conversations this year, so it's not a surprise to see it in number two, likewise
Go Set a Watchman
The Martian, already a Bookies favorite was boosted this year by the movie. Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman breaks into our bestsellers at number eight, and let's take a moment to appreciate number nine - the August to August Calendar 2015 - 2016 - perhaps not inspiring reading, but invaluable to anyone whose life revolves around the school year!
1.  All The Light We Cannot See  Anthony Doerr
3.  The Martian  Andy Weir
4.  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
5.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
6.  An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris
7.  The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
8.  Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee
9.  August to August Calendar 2015 - 2016
10.The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
Bookies 2015 Top Five - Schools Nonfiction
So what were our students learning about this year? It looks like the natural world was top of the list with How Mountains are Made by Kathleen W Zoehfeld, closely followed by Trees to Paper by Lisa M. Herrington. Teachers wanted to know more about preserving individuality in elementary classrooms with Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn - and crayfish are still in, with last year's number three book, Life Cycle of a Crayfish, in the chart at number five.
1. How Mountains are Made Kathleen W. Zoehfeld (+)
2. Trees to Paper Lisa M. Herrington (+)
3. Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn  Dorothy M. Steele and Becki Cohn-Vargas (+)
4. Silkworm Ron Fridell (+)
5. Life Cycle of a Crayfish Bobbie Kalman (3)
Bookies 2015 Top Five - Games, Toys and More!
Crazy Aaron_s Thinking Putty
When it comes to games and toys, last year's number one is number one again! Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is the gift that keeps on squishing. This fun putty is a fabulous little gift and we've also learned that some schools allow it in the classroom to hone fine motor skills or for students to use as a coping mechanism. We have a new entry at number two - Three Little Piggies, the enchanting children's logic game that customers - and staff - have fallen in love with. The ever-popular Tenzi dice game is still in our chart at number three, and at four and five, two other new games, Bellz and Gravity Maze, enter our chart.
3. Tenzi! (2)
4. Bellz (+)
Something a Little Different - January Reading Challenge!

Once again, we will fill the long, dark nights of January with reading. And, because the new year is a great time to change things up, we'll be reading at least one book outside our usual genres. Reading outside your comfort zone is a fabulous way to discover a whole new world. Why not join us?  Ask us for suggestions, in person, or on our Facebook page - you know we'll have lots of them!

Here are a few of our challenges...the historical reader who will be reading a science book...the adult book reader who will be entering into the YA world...the fiction reader who will tackle non-fiction...the picture book fanatic who will step up to middle grade...the literary fiction aficionado who will sink into a romance... All these, and many more! At the end of the month, we'll publish a newsletter highlighting the books we chose and what we thought of our venture outside our comfort zones.