Books for children reaching almost 25 percent of Libris sales. Top selling titles

Aurel Constantin 16/05/2022 | 16:22

One in four books sold in the last 12 months by Libris, an online bookstore with a tradition on the Romanian market, was for children or a parenting book. The Children’s Book and Child Raising categories have steadily increased their share of sales on, reaching 25%, compared to about 15% 3 years ago. Therefore, with almost 30,000 volumes in Romanian and English listed on the site, children’s books are approaching the popularity of fiction, a sign that parents are increasingly concerned with nurturing in children an interest in reading.


Among the most ordered children’s books were well-known titles such as “Main Recreation” (Mircea Sântimbreanu), “Alone in the World” (Hector Malot), “Childhood Memories” (Ion Creangă), but also new titles such as be ” The Owl Who is Afraid of The Dark ” (Jill Tomlinson) or “500 Amazing and Funny Truths.”

The editorial offer addressed to children sums up titles in both Romanian and English, from almost 500 publishing houses. The top of the publishing houses with the most numerous titles on is led by Litera, followed by Didactica Publishing House, Art, Gama and Aramis.

Out of the total number of children’s books available on the bookstore’s website, over 12,000 titles are in Romanian (with immediate delivery from stock) and over 14,800 titles in English (with delivery in 3-5 weeks).

In the analyzed period (May 2021-April 2022) the top of the best-selling authors for children is led by Ion Creangă followed by Jil Tomlinson and Hans Christian Andersen, and among the best-selling Romanian authors of all time are Ion Creangă, Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc, Mircea Sântimbreanu, Ion Luca Caragiale and Mihail Sadoveanu. The best-selling children’s volume is 500 Amazing and Funny Truths, which remains in the top after being the most popular choice last year.

Top 10 best-selling children’s books 

  1. 500 Amazing and Funny Truths
  2. Main Recreation – Mircea Sântimbreanu
  3. Alone in the World – Hector Malot
  4. The Wonderful Grove – Mihail Sadoveanu
  5. Childhood Memories – Ion Creangă
  6. The Adventures of Dunno and his friends – Nikolai Nosov
  7. The Owl Who is Afraid of The Dark – Jill Tomlinson
  8. My first book of riddles and proverbs – Patrisia Lungu
  9. The Christmas Tree. Coloring Book – H.Ch. Andersen
  10. Great coloring book 3-4 years

Books included in the school bibliography are popular year after year and are a constant choice for both schools and many parents. In the last year, however, we have noticed increases in many other titles, not included in the recommended bibliography, which is a good sign that the little ones are discovering many other current and interesting stories that can turn them, page by page, into enthusiastic readers – says Laura Țeposu, CEO of Libris.

Top 15 out of school bibliography:

  1. 500 Amazing and Funny Truths
  1. The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends – Nikolai Nosov
  2. The Owl Who is Afraid of The Dark – Jill Tomlinson
  3. Winter Magic – Santa Claus
  4. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  5. 500 Crazy and Incredible Truths
  6. Matilda – Roald Dahl
  7. Stories to love yourself more – Francesc Miralles, Alex Rovira
  8. The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home – Jill Tomlinson
  9. Olguța and a Millionaire Grandfather – Alex Moldovan
  10. Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  11. The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out – Jill Tomlinson
  12. The War That Saved My Life – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  13. The Book with Apolodor – Gellu Naum
  14. The Neverending Story- Michael Ende 

Top 10 best-selling children’s authors

  1. Ion Creangă
  2. Jill Tomlinson
  3. Hans Christian Andersen
  4. Frații Grimm
  5. Mark Twain
  6. Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc
  7. Roald Dahl
  8. Geronimo Stilton
  9. Jules Verne
  10. Mary Pope Osborne

Top 10 best-selling Romanian children’s authors 

  1. Ion Creangă
  2. Ioana Chicet-Macoveiciuc
  3. Mircea Sântimbreanu
  4. Ion Luca Caragiale
  5. Mihail Sadoveanu
  6. Petre Ispirescu
  7. Emil Gârleanu
  8. Alexandru Mitru
  9. Gellu Naum
  10. Alex Moldovan

There is a vast need, of course, on the school’s bibliography, the sales charts speak for themselves. However, lately, we noticed that parents and schools with a more generous budget allocated to the book fund are oriented towards current titles and series appreciated by children. Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading, The Chronicles of Narnia, Warrior Cats, The Adventures of Dunno, Momilandia, 500 Amazing and Funny Truths, Pettson and Findus are examples of titles and volumes loved by children- said Laura Țeposu

The most ordered books by age catogories

  • My first picture library: First words (0-1 year)
  • Montessori. Classification: Seasons (1-3 years)
  • Winter Magic – Santa Claus – (3-5 years)
  • My first book of riddles and proverbs – Patrisia Lungu (5-7 years)
  • 500 Amazing and Funny Truths (7-10 years și 10+)

It is obvious to us that the section dedicated to children and parents will continue to grow, and we encourage this through a book offer as complete as possible, advantageous prices and fast delivery. At the same time, we continue to encourage reading among the little ones, with short-term and long-term strategies, special projects, and impact initiatives, such as the CarteTeca project, through which we have already equipped almost 150 school libraries with current titles, added Laura Țeposu.

According to the company’s data, during the reference period, the average order was 105 lei. Next to children’s books in the shopping cart are books of Fiction, but also of Parenting, Personal Development or Textbooks and School Books. Out of the total number of customers who placed orders for children’s books on, a quarter returned for at least one new order during the analysed period

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