At Scholastic, our world revolves around incredible children’s books and the noteworthy trends that drive them. We spend every day poring over what it is that helps kids grow a passion for reading, and because of that, we know exactly what young readers love right now.
This school year, you can expect to see book trends revolving around some pretty incredible (and sometimes magical) animal characters, selections for the kids who are in awe of their older sibling’s video games but not old enough to play yet, and refreshingly approachable stories to spook but not scare readers for Halloween and beyond.
We sat down with Katie Carella, a former teacher and executive editor at Scholastic, to find out what you can expect to see this fall. Read on to discover the top six trends in children’s literature!
1. Unicorn Magic
These creatures aren’t just magical — they blend the worlds of reality and fantasy for little readers, and add a (literal) sparkle to every story. “Everybody loves a little bit of magic and glitter, and we’re all looking for that charming character to latch on to,” says Carella. “Young kids are still very much pretending and using imagination in their play, and unicorns open up all kinds of dazzling doors for them.”
You’ve probably already seen plenty of unicorns on apparel, backpacks, and toys, but this year will be their chance to shine in books. Often in stories, unicorns teach important lessons about sharing, teamwork, and other social-emotional learning themes, giving kids the chance to learn in the most delightful, charming way possible. In Unicorn and Yeti: A Good Team, a unicorn and a friend learn to play together, even though they’re good at totally different things. And in the whimsical You Are My Magical Unicorn, a unicorn learns important lessons about hope, persistence, and heart.
Check out a few great unicorn picks below, or view our full list of unicorn books.