Amazon has a terrific category for parents — and aunts, uncles and grandparents — who shudder at the amount of time kids are spending with their tablets and other video screens. It’s not just a children’s book list, but a list of the top books for kids about reading. Amazon calls it Books for Kids About Libraries and Reading — and it’s almost like a science class for people interested in stories and narrative. The selection of books demonstrates to kids in exciting ways (by telling gripping stories) how tales develop — how they get created and what inspires them. And how much fun that journey can be, whether it’s fictional or factual.
The No. 1 Amazon bestseller in this welcome category is, not surprisingly, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Winnie the Pooh has touched millions with his wisdom and honey hunger — and the story of how author A.A. Milne developed his wonderful bear drives this smart, fun, informative story. The Marvels, the innovative aptly named innovative epic by Brian Selznick is the No. 2 seller in the category, followed by another entry in the popular adventures of Mr. Limoncello and his library, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. The Escape has been on the list since it debuted in the summer of 2014.