Read it Again: Guest Post: Trends in Children’s Books and Young Adult Novels, by Bianca Schulze of The Children’s Book Review
This post was originally published on the former Worrisome Words site on April 24, 2017
Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review, a resource devoted to children’s literature and recognized by the American Library Association as a ‘Great Website for Kids.’ She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s bookseller, Bianca’s goal is to share her passion to help grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado. You can visit her at http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The trends in kids and teen literature ebb and flow, telling the story of current and past reading fashions. Occasionally it can get really exciting when there is a total plot twist that makes a distinct shift to the trajectory of the “reading trends” story—such as the uptake of graphic novels when Scholastic introduced the Graphix imprint in 2005.
Thanks to the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books™, one of the latest and greatest progressions to be seen is the inclusion of literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people—this is certainly an onward and upward trend that must stay the course. Campaigns like “The Reading without Walls Challenge” from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Leun Yang, and Simon & Schuster’s new imprint Salaam Reads, are helping solidify this as more than just a trend—inclusion and diversity are a necessity that should become a fundamental part of any publishing groups’ line-up of work.
Fantasy novels for teens had moved over for dystopian works and realistic fiction, but now it seems that fantasy is resurging in the young adult genre. While some trends come and go, others cycle in and out and back again. Below, is a list of what appears to be in vogue—only time will tell which trends are here to stay and which flavors of the month will be gone by 2018.
All Ages Book Trends
Picture Book Trends
Middle Grade Book Trends
Young Adult Book Trends
Jen is an Instructor of English at East Stroudsburg University. Views and opinions expressed here are her own, and not those of the University or any other organization.