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20 Best-Selling Children’s Books of All Time

"Island of the Blue Dolphins"
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Image courtesy of Random House

Author: Scott O'Dell

Copies Sold: 6.6 million


The Children's Literature Association named "Island of Blue Dolphins" one of the 10 best American children's books. The story is based on the life of a 12-year-old Native American girl, Karana, who jumped ship to be with her younger brother abandoned on an island. When the brother dies, Karana learns to survive finding inner strength and serenity.