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10 Trends in Children’s Books from 2010

Scholastic, the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, released last December a list of 10 Trends in Children’s Books from 2010. I thought this was pretty interesting: 

* The expanding Young Adult (YA) audience

* The year of dystopian fiction

* Mythology-based fantasy

* Multimedia series

* A focus on popular characters—from all media

* The shift in picture books (25-30 percent fewer titles)

* The return to humor

* The rise of the diary and journal format

* Special-needs protagonists

* Paranormal romance beyond vampires

Read the whole press release here.

6 Responses to 10 Trends in Children’s Books from 2010

  1. Bish Denham says:

    Thanks for sharing this Christina. Sad about the PBs. We need more, not fewer.

  2. Kelly says:

    Thanks for the wrap up. Glad to see humor on there, not happy about the decline in picture books.

  3. Danyelle says:

    Thanks for sharing the link. It’s always fascinating to see the trends. I really like the rise of special-needs protagonists. 😀

  4. I know! I like the rise of mythology based stories.

  5. kangaroobee says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’m now glad I’m dabbling in all genres.

  6. Thanks for sharing this info.

    I’m surprised about the PBs.

    Not surprised about the dystopian novels. I’m seeing more of them, and they’re really good.

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