Dec. 11, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The editors at Scholastic have been publishing, curating and distributing award-winning books for children for decades, and have become experts at predicting exactly where kids' book interests will go next. Today, the editors of Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs, along with editors in the Trade Publishing group, present their list of
top ten trends
in children's books for the coming year.
"Publishing trends are truly driven by a vital community of readers – our kids,"
, Editorial Director for Scholastic Book Clubs. "We see readers get excited about books, talk about them, and share them with their friends. Before you know it a book is trending, more and more kids are vying to read it, and they can't get enough of it."
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THE SCHOLASTIC EDITORS' TOP 10 TRENDS FOR 2013
(list is not ranked in any order)
Bullying is THE Timely Topic in Kids' Books
.The fact is nearly every child will face or witness the effects of bullying at some point in their lives. Children's authors recognize this as a major concern for kids and have become more adept at weaving bullying themes into storylines, from picture books to young adult titles. In 2013 look for:
The Meanest Birthday Girl
(May 2013/Clarion), and
The Call of the Bully: A Rodney Rathbone Novel -
the sequel to
How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying
(January 2013/Simon & Schuster).
'13 Will be a Lucky Number for Science Fiction Fans
.While the end of dystopian novels is no-where in sight, fans can expect to see a new theme uncovered, bringing some stellar new titles with a "true" science- fiction edge. Books to watch for in the New Year include
Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet
(February 2013/Feiwel & Friends),
the second title in the
(December 2012/Delacorte), and
Biographies have always been a staple in kids' literature, but fans are going to see even more great ones in 2013. With the new Common Core State Standards, which are currently adopted in 46 states, the way students learn in school is changing and there is an elevated importance being placed on non-fiction, or "informational texts." Standouts in 2013 will be
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
(January 2013/Knopf), and
Lincoln's Grave Robbers
With the success of the Bone, Captain Underpants, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, there continues to be an insatiable demand for the "novels-in-cartoon" genre. The illustrations provide entertainment value and urge kids to continue reading; especially for reluctant readers. Fans are going to see a great flood of fun, new reads in 2013 such as:
Stick Dog: A Really Good Story with Kind of Bad Drawings
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
(January 2013/Scholastic) and
Bad Kitty: School Daze
(January 2013/Roaring Brook)
Kid Lit on the Screen.
In 2013, readers will be seeing the pages out of their favorite books on the big screen! Get ready to watch the movie versions of
Scott Orson Card
the supernatural romance,
(based on the 2009 series by
/Little, Brown), and the action adventure saga
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
(based on the 2008 series by
Margaret K. McElderry Books
). Middle grade readers will also find the second film from
series (2007/Hyperion Book) in theaters in late summer:
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
"While there is never a shortage of works about the undead and paranormal in young-adult literature, we've recently seen the release of a wide range of post-apocalyptic novels brimming with action and romance," said
, Senior Manager Product Development for Scholastic Book Fairs and
New York Times
bestselling children's book author. "But perhaps the bigger trends are the return to realistic action-packed novels and to books that reinforce the positive messages of tolerance, hope and acceptance. Regardless of their reading preference, children will find that 2013 is going to be a banner year."
Whenever we reach a historical anniversary, there is an increased interest in books related to the topic. 2013 marks the second year of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial (150
anniversary), so history buffs will see an influx of Civil War titles to read. Wars in general will be making their way on to the bookshelves in 2013, which is great news for teachers looking for great non-fiction to supplement classroom learning and help kids meet the Common Core State Standards. Look for a broad selection of Civil War books including:
I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg
(January 2013/Scholastic) and
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
(February 2013/Grosset & Dunlap).
The Hunger Games
is building a legion of strong girl protagonists. In 2013, readers can expect to be introduced to more powerful female characters that exhibit the willingness to accept challenges. These characters do not set limits for themselves or take the easy way out – an important lesson for both boys and girls. Books with exceptionally resourceful lead characters include:
Code Name Verity
and its sequel
by debut author
Survival stories have always been popular, but they have become more prominent as a result of popular movies and reality television shows. Whether the setting is historical as in
(January 2013/Scholastic) or contemporary like
(February 2013/Puffin) thrilling page-turners filled with tension and excitement will set their hooks into young readers.
Spotlight on Diversity.
Kids want to see themselves in the novels they read, and publishers are embracing their individuality. Readers can learn about their families, cultures, and themselves with these books that focus on cultural diversity. Historical novels like
The Lions of Little Rock
) will provide plenty of home and classroom discussion. Novels with more contemporary settings include
by Blue Balliett (March 2013/Scholastic).
Nature Runs Amok.
From campy, fantastical sci-fi to more realistic eco-thrillers, there is nothing like adventure in the wild. Readers will come face-to-face with more and more page-turning sci-fi titles that cover the unrealistic to the actual – yet the common theme is that they are focus on ecology and the environment. Books like
Killer Species: Menace from the Deep
Timothy J. Bradley
(April 2013/Scholastic), and
Last Dogs: The Vanishing
(September 2012/Little, Brown) will keep kids reading well into the night.
All the books listed above will be available through either Scholastic Book Fairs and/or Scholastic Book Clubs and book stores.