From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Twilight,’ 15 Years of Best-Selling Children’s Books

Children's literature is full of all kinds of stories, packed with wizards and vampires, adventure and love. Which ones topped the charts? Check out the best-selling kids' books of the last 15 years.

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Six-year-old Morgan Snow of Orlando, Florida, takes a look at the cover of the newly released 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' during the book's launch at a Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Alexandria, Virginia, 08 July 2000. Bookstores across the United States and Britain stayed open late 08 July for the book's 12:01 a.m. release. 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,' the highly anticipated fourth book in author J.K. Rowling's projected series of seven about a boy wizard, boasts a five million copy first run in the US and Britain, the largest in history.
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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling (not pictured) kept the story of the young wizard alive with the theatrical script for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two," her stage play that imagines Harry Potter as a grown-up father of three. Published on July 31, 2016, it sold more than 2 million copies in its first two days. It became the top book for children with more than 4.5 million copies selling by the end of the year. In this July 30, 2016, photo, Harry Potter fans Fran Plagge (right) and Lottie (left) were the first and second to receive the script book inside Waterstones bookshop in central London during the midnight party celebrating the publication of "Cursed Child."
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Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School" dominated 2015 for kids, with more than 1.4 million copies sold. The story follows Greg Heffley as his town goes "old school" and unplugs from electronics. In this March 1, 2011, photo, Kinney poses for a portrait at his office in Boston.
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In John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars," 16-year-old Hazel must deal with cancer while falling love with 17-year-old Augustus. It was the best-selling children's book of 2014, with more than 1.8 million copies sold. The release of the film adaptation that year likely boosted sales. In this May 8, 2014, photo, fans attend a "Fault In Our Stars" red carpet and fan event with stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, as well as Green, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Kinney had another good year in 2013 with "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck," which follows Greg as he tries to turn around a recent losing streak. The book sold more than 1.8 million copies in 2013. In this March 1, 2011, photo, Kinney poses for a portrait at his office in Boston.
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Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games," a dystopian trilogy about Katniss Everdeen and her fight against an evil regime, topped the children's bestseller list of 2012, altogether selling more than 27.7 million copies. That year, the film adaptation the trilogy's first book premiered, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson.
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"The Hunger Games" trilogy sold about 9.2 million copies in 2011, outselling other children's titles that year as well. In this Nov. 4, 2015, photo, Liam Hemsworth (left), Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson pose for photos as they arrive for the world premiere of the movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" in Berlin, Germany.
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The "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" series was the most popular with kids in 2010, with the seven titles at the time selling about 11.5 million copies. In this Dec. 14, 2012, photo, Kinney (center) and actor Robert Capron (right, who appeared in film adaptations of "Wimpy Kid") pose with fans at an event in New York.
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Writer Stephenie Meyer had a very successful year on the children's list in 2009 with her "Twilight" series, the story of Bella Swan and her vampire love, Edward Cullen. It sold about 26 million copies in 2009 across the four titles. That year, the film adaptation of "New Moon," the second story in the series, was released. In this Oct. 12, 2015, photo, Meyer signs a book in Los Angeles.
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Meyer's "Twilight" series dominated 2008 for kids as well, selling about 27.5 million copies across the four titles. The final book of the series, "Breaking Dawn," was published that year. In this Nov. 12, 2012, photo, Meyer poses with Taylor Lautner (left) and Robert Pattinson at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" in Los Angeles.
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The final book in Rowling's groundbreaking series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was released in 2007, selling more than 13 million copies that year, becoming the top children's book of 2007. It concluded the story of the young wizards, with Harry and his friends doing battle with the evil Voldemort. In this Oct. 15, 2007, photo, Rowling signs copies of "Deathly Hallows" for children in Hollywood.
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The "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books, about three orphan siblings and their adventures while under the care of Count Olaf, topped the kids' charts in 2006 when the 13th and final title was published. The series sold about 5 million copies that year. In this Aug. 26, 2004, photo, author Daniel Handler, known by the pen name Lemony Snicket, is shown in San Francisco.
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"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in Rowling's series, was published in 2005 and sold about 13.5 million copies by the end of the year. The story finds Harry preparing to battle Voldemort, while also falling in love with Ron Weasley's sister Ginny. This July 15, 2005, photo shows Shane Culver dressed as Harry Potter. Culver waited six hours to purchase the book at Barnes and Noble in Union Square in New York City.
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The Lemony Snicket series also topped the children's charts in 2004, the year the film adaptation was released. The 11 titles available at the time sold about 8.1 million copies in 2004. In this Dec. 13, 2004, photo, Meryl Streep poses with fellow "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" stars Liam Aiken (left) and Emily Browning in New York.
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A Rowling book once again topped the children's bestsellers list, with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," selling more than 12 million copies in 2003, the year it was published. In "Phoenix," Harry and his friends defend Hogwarts against the cruel Professor Umbridge. This April 5, 2010, photo shows Rowling reading from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.
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The first four "Harry Potter" titles, which follow Harry during his first four years at Hogwarts, topped the children's lists in 2002, selling about 9.5 million copies that year, despite the fact that Rowling didn't publish a new title in 2002. This July 2000 photo shows 6-year-old Morgan Snow of Orlando, Florida, checking out a "Harry Potter" book in Virginia.
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