Los Angeles Times / Children's Bestsellers

June 3, 2001

1 QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES by Kennilworthy Whisp (Scholastic: $3.99 paper) J.K. Rowling presents a comprehensive guide to Harry Potter's favorite sport. (Ages 9 to 12)

2 EDNA'S TALE by Lisze Bechtold (Houghton Mifflin: $15) A vain cat with a beautiful tale learns some important lessons and gains a friend. (Ages 4 to 8)

3 DEAR MOM by Bradley Trevor Greive (Andrews McMeel: $9.95) A tribute to moms everywhere uses photographs of animals to illustrate how mothers are appreciated and loved. (All ages)

4 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine: $5.99 paper) Unhappy at home, a young boy discovers that he is a magician with great powers. (Ages 9 to 12)

5 MY DAD by Anthony Browne (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $16) A child pays tribute to all of the wonderful things about his father. (Ages 4 to 8)

6 FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM by Newt Scamander (Scholastic: $3.99 paper) J.K. Rowling presents magical beasts from the "Harry Potter" realm. (Ages 9 to 12)

7 OLIVIA by Ian Falconer (Atheneum: $16) The marvelous and mischievous black, white and red adventures of a girl pig. (Ages 3 to 7)

8 POLKABATS AND OCTOPUS SLACKS by Calef Brown (Houghton Mifflin: $15) Fourteen story-poems told in silly verse introduce the reader to some rather eccentric characters. (Ages 4 to 8)

9 THE VILE VILLAGE by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins: $9.95) Book 7 of the Series of Unfortunate Events series finds the Baudelaire children in the village of V.F.D. (Ages 9 to 12)

10 CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE BUNNY Illustrations by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin: $5.95) This board book tells a story of hide-and-seek from the classic "Curious George Flies a Kite." (Ages baby to 3)

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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