Here are the top 10 children’s books according to USA TODAY’s best-selling books list

We took a look at the top children’s books over the 25-year history of our best-selling books list. Did your favorite make the list?

Not only is Saturday Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but it is also the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America. In honor of both, we took a look at the top 10 most popular children’s from USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list over the last 25 years.

Some books are newer, securing a ranking on the list after shooting to the top of the best-selling list. Others are classics, slow-burning and consistent purchases for children across generations.

1.  Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss

It is only fitting Dr. Seuss holds the top spot. Published in 1990, the title reached no. 1 in June of 1997 and has been a mainstay in the top ten every spring ever since, thanks to its popularity as a graduation gift.

Plot: Dr. Seuss addresses many of life’s certain ups and downs.

Highest rank: No. 1

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2.  Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch; art by Sheila McGraw

According to the author, the book began as a love song to his and his wife’s stillborn children. The book has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1986.

Plot: A mother never stops loving her child.

Highest rank: 20

3.  Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown; art by Clement Hurd

Published in 1947, this iconic book has spawned many parody versions including “Goodnight Goon,” “Goodnight iPad,” “Goodnight Brew” and “Goodnight Keith Moon.”

Plot: A bunny is ready for bed and bids goodnight to everything in the bunny’s room.

Highest rank: 47

4.  The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell

The 2005 book has become a holiday juggernaut, spawning a new Christmas tradition as well as countless Instagram posts.

Plot: Santa relies on elves to find out who has been naughty and who has been nice.

Highest rank: No. 1

5.  “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss

The classic book is becoming a 2019 animated television series on Netflix produced by Ellen DeGeneres and featuring the voices of Tracy Morgan, Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas, Eddie Izzard and Keegan-Michael Key.

Plot: The main character Sam-I-Am really wants to know if you like green eggs and ham and if so, how do you like them?

Highest rank: No 2

6.  “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”  by Eric Carle

First published in 1969, the original has spawned several more versions including four that have appeared on the USA TODAY Best-sellers list.”

Highest rank: No. 52

Plot: A caterpillar eats and eats all the time until it turns into a butterfly.

7.  “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

The book, which won the Caldecott Medal, was turned into a live-action film in 2009 directed by Spike Jonze and starring Max Records and Catherine Keener as Max and his mother.

Plot: Max’s adventures in wild dreamlands make him appreciate home.

Highest rank: No. 4

8.  “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.; art by Eric Carle

Published in 1967, this book helped jump start Eric Carle’s career as an illustrator and eventual author of children’s books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” which is at no. 6 on our list.

Highest rank: No. 26

Plot: Animals take turns catching glimpses of each other.

9.  The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

The author not only won a Caldecott Medal for this 1985 book but also for his book 1981 book “Jumanji.” Both were adapted into successful motion pictures.

Plot: A young boy, awakened by a train on Christmas Eve, learns only believes can hear the bell.

Highest rank: No. 1

10.The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

Silverstein was not solely a children’s book author, before the publication of  children’s book he worked for the very adult-themed Playboy magazine as a cartoonist in the 1950s.

Plot: A parable about a tree who gives to a boy who keeps wanting more.

Highest rank: No. 19

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