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5 Top Trends in Children's Book for 2018

We sat down with the Scholastic Book Clubs Editors to find out what's trending in children's literature -- from activity kits to re-imagine classics.
on January 26, 2018
 

New year, new books! If you've been searching for exciting titles to add to your child's home library, then look no further. Scholastic Parents teamed up with the Scholastic Book Clubs Editors to discuss the top 5 trends you can find in children's literature this year. From books centered on girl power to titles filled with fun, hands-on activities, the Scholastic Book Clubs Editors covered everything you can expect to see in children's books for 2018 -- including quite a few stories featuring narwhals! 

Check out our list of trends and titles below and if you missed our live chat, you can watch the video here

TREND 1: MORE BOOKS WILL CELEBRATE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS


Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls 
by Kelly Greenawalt 


Rosie 
Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty


Ada Twist, Scientist
 by Andrea Beaty


A Girl Named Rosa: The True Story of Rosa Parks (American Girl) by Denise Lewis Patrick 


The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist 
by Cynthia Levinson


Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

TREND 2: THE DEMAND FOR KID-FRIENDLY NONFICTION WILL CONTINUE TO GROW


Things That Float and Things That Don’t
 by David A. Adler 


Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys 
by David A. Adler 


National Geographic for Kids 



Who Would Win? Wolverine Vs. Tasmanian Devil (
Series) by Jerry Pallotta


Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin
 by James L. Swanson

TREND 3:  MAGICAL CREATURES WILL TAKE CHILDREN TO NEW WORLDS


Not Quite Narwhal
 by Jessica Sima 


Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals by Peter Raymundo 


Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1)
 by Ben Clanton 


Razzle Dazzle Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 4)
 by Dana Simpson 


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated Edition
 by J.K. Rowling

TREND 4: ICONIC SERIES AND CHARACTERS RETURN WITH NEW STORIES


The Boxcar Children Great Adventures: Journey on a Runaway Train 
(Series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner


Jigsaw Jones Mysteries: The Case of the Million-Dollar Mystery 
(Series) by James Preller 


Meet the Class (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
 by Samantha Brooke

TREND 5: BOOKS FEATURING HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES WILL ENGAGE CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND INTERESTs


Karina Garcia’s DIY Slime
 by Karina Garcia 


Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World
 by Reshma Saujani 


CoderDojo Nano: Make Your Own Game: Create With Code
 by Jurie Horneman 

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