Dav Pilkey and Dog Man topped the list of best-selling print books in 2021, Publishers Weekly reports†
Pilkey’s Mothering Heights, the latest in his graphic novel series featuring the dog cop, was the best-selling book of the year, selling just under 1.3 million copies. Pilkey had two other books in the top 25: Cat Kid Comic Club (no. 15) and Dirt and Punishment (no. 20).
#2 on the list was Mark R. Levin’s American Marxism, the right-wing radio host’s attack on progressive politics, which sold more than 1 million copies. Jeff Kinney took the number 3 spot with Great shot, with its popular Wimpy Kid character; Kinney also made the top 25 with Rowley Jefferson’s Amazing Friendly Ghost Stories (no. 18) and the deep end (no. 23).
Charlie Mackesy’s 2019 book The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse landed at number 4, with James Clear’s self-help book Atomic Habits comes in at number 5.
Colleen Hoover’s novel It ends with us claimed the number 6 spot. The book was published in 2016, but recently became a viral hit on TikTok. The very hungry caterpillarEric Carle’s children’s classic, who passed away last May, was the No. 7 bestseller.
Rounding out the top 10 were Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the places you go!Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreementsand Kristin Hannah’s The four winds†
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.