Ever wonder what the next trend is in children’s books? What’s hot and what’s not? Here are some tidbits I’ve uncovered:
Bullying books are popular.
Informational/nonfiction books are on the rise.
Graphic novels continue to grow in demand.
Diversity in literature is requested by editors, parents, and teachers.
Strong female protagonists are standing strong in the marketplace.
No one knows what the go-to trend is going to be. Graphic novels, illustrations mixed with text, have been popular for the last few years and will probably continue the trend. Preteens and teens like novels-in-cartoons format.
Multicultural books have had time-honored acceptance. With 40% of the younger generation claiming a multi-cultural heritage, this trend will likely have a long shelf life.
The push for informational books in the education setting is having a positive impact on the publication of nonfiction books. This is true for picture books, as well.
I’m not suggesting that we write toward trends because many trends come and go as fast as the weather changes, but some stick around. Staying current with the publishing industry’s process can serve us well.
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