Looking into the future: children s book trends for 2013

Dec 18, 2012
Since I started working at Scholastic, friends and family are always asking me “what’s the next big thing?” My answer: “There are so many great books! I don’t even know where to start!” So, I defer to the Scholastic experts who looked into their crystal balls and tea leaves they borrowed from Professor Trelawney at Hogwarts, put their minds together, and came up with the list of 10 trends to watch for in 2013. Be sure to check out David Allender, Editorial Director for Scholastic Book Clubs, talking about the trends. For the full list of trends and book recommendations, take a look at our press release. 1)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. Look for: The Call of the Bully: A Rodney Rathbone Novel (the sequel to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying) by Scott Starkey (January 2013/Simon & Schuster) 2)’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. Look for: Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet (February 2013/Feiwel & Friends) 3)Intriguing Nonfiction. 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.” Look for: Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin (January 2013/Scholastic) 4)Novels-in-Cartoons. The illustrations provide entertainment value and urge kids to continue reading; especially for reluctant readers. Look For: Stick Dog: A Really Good Story with Kind of Bad Drawings by Tom Watson (January 2013/HarperCollins) 5)Kid Lit on the Screen. Get ready to watch the movie versions of Scott Orson Card’s Ender’s Game the supernatural romance, Beautiful Creatures (based on the 2009 series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl/Little, Brown), and the action adventure saga Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (based on the 2008 series by Cassandra Clare/ Margaret K. McElderry Books). 6)War. 2013 marks the second year of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary), so history buffs will see an influx of Civil War titles to read. Look for: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by Lauren Tarshis (January 2013/Scholastic) 7)Tough Girls. Katniss from 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. Look for: Prodigy, the sequel to Legend by Marie Lu (January 2013/Putnam) 8)Survival Stories. Survival stories have always been popular, but they have become more prominent as a result of popular movies and reality television shows. Look for: Stranded by Survivor host Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts (February 2013/Puffin) 9)Spotlight on Diversity. Readers can learn about their families, cultures, and themselves with these books that focus on cultural diversity. Look for: The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (January 2012/Putnam) 10)Nature Runs Amok. From campy, fantastical sci-fi to more realistic eco-thrillers, there is nothing like adventure in the wild. Look for: Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley (April 2013/Scholastic) I can’t wait to read more books with strong female protagonists, especially Prodigy. What trend are you most lo0king forward to?