Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney Win 2021 Bestseller Sweeps

Dav Pilkey (Dog Man) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) were the big winners in 2021.
Each of them had three books in last year’s Top 25 best selling books list.

Both creators each sold over two million editions collectively of their three books,
with Pilkey edging Kinney by almost 365,000 sales.

Excerpt from the Publishers Weekly report:

Dav Pilkey, the 2019 PW Person of the Year, continued his years long remarkable sales performance in 2021. Pilkey boasted three of the year’s top 25 bestselling print books overall and five of the top 25 on the children’s print list, and was #1 overall with the 10th and latest entry in his Dog Man series, Mothering Heights, with sales nearing 1.3 million. Jeff Kinney, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame, also placed three books on the list, including Big Shot, the 16th Wimpy Kid entry, at #3 overall. Juvenile fiction sales did well last year in general, posting a 9.6% increase over 2020 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

That PW piece charts the top 25 bestsellers of 2021.