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Scholastic lists this year’s top 10 kids publishing trends

Scholastic editors have compiled a list of what they have deemed the top-10 trends in children's books from 2010.
December 9, 2010

Scholastic editors have compiled a list of what they have deemed the top-10 trends in children’s books from 2010.

Among the innovations emerging this year were new formats and platforms for storytelling as well as a rejuvenation of some classic genres.

On a more granular level, the top trends include: The expanding Young Adult audience, the popularity of dystopian fiction (The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner), mythology-based fantasies (Percy Jackson, Goddess Girls), multimedia series that go beyond the printed page, a focus on popular characters from all media, the shift in picture books to beginning reader books (publishers are publishing about 25% to 30% fewer picture book titles), the return to humorous books, the rise of the diary and journal format, special-needs protagonists (My Brother Charlie, Mockingbird) and paranormal romances that go beyond vampires.

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Wendy is Kidscreen’s Associate Editor. When she’s not sourcing material for the brand's daily email newsletter, she’s researching, writing and connecting with others about the newest trends in digital media. Contact Wendy at wgoldman@brunico.com.