Publisher's Lunch had a bit of "information" that caught my eye recently. Editors at Scholastic's book fairs and clubs along with their trade editors have released a forecast of 10 top trends in children's books for 2013.
Some of you who write children's books may want to pay attention to the list. Then again...maybe not.
One "timely topic" is bullying. Timely? When has bullying not been a topic for children? Bullying has been going on for at least 30 years. If it's now considered a timely topic, then it should be timely for both children and parents.
Another timely topic ... biographies. Maybe, but I think it depends on who the biography focuses on.
Next, we have Civil War anniversary books. Perhaps for older children, but I think it's more for adults, really. The Lincoln movie was fabulous, I thought.
Nonfiction survival stories? Possibly. They're probably exciting and tense reads.
The article said to watch for more strong girl protagonists. I like this idea. Girls could use more positive role models.
Novels in cartoon form...well, those have been popular for at least two decades.
And lastly on the list, sci-fi. Well, duh, that's been big since the onslaught of Star Trek!
What "new" trend do you see in books for children (or adults)?
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