Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trends in Children's and Young Adult Books for 2013

Anna of Youth Services/Tech Services came across this video a few weeks ago, and it is worth a listen! 

Of the trends named, I have to say I am most excited about #7-Tough Girls.  We're over the heroines who all about their paranormal boyfriends, and not much else.  Katniss definitely kicked off this trend back in 2008, but thankfully her influence is far and wide.  Some of my favorite tough girls we'll be seeing more of this year is Lena of Lauren Oliver's Delirium Series, Rhine of Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden Series, and Tris of  Veronica Roth's Divergent Series.  All of these series will be concluding this year with the release of the final books in each trilogy. 

Another great trend is #5-Kid Lit on the ScreenBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card are due out this year,  and of course, Catching Fire is coming out in November.  Only 10 more months! 

Finally, a timeless trend is #1-Bullying.  As Allender states, every child will be exposed to bullying at some point in their life, and it can be one of childhood's biggest hurdles.  There is a fantastic wealth of materials available for all ages on the topic, and can be found here.

What trends in children's literature are you excited about?