Friday, December 28, 2012

10 Trends for 2013

I recently received an email from a friend over at Scholastic and I couldn't resist sharing what I learned with you guys.  2012 has flown by so quickly and it's been packed full of amazing reads that I couldn't even begin to hope to read them all.  And 2013 is shaping up to be exactly the same.  Over at Scholastic the editors have come up with a little prediction for the forecast of what could be trending in 2013 for Children's Books and here's what they've come up with....what do you guys think?

Trend #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.  Children's authors recognize this as a major concern for kids and have become more adept at weaving bullying themes into storylines, from picture books to young adult titles.  In 2013 look for The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider, and the Call of the Bully: A Rodney Rathbone Novel - the sequel to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey.

Trend #2:  '13 Will be a Lucky Number for Science Fiction Fans

While the end of dystopian novels in no-where in sight, fans can expect to see a new theme uncovered, bringing some stellar new titles with a "true" science-fiction edge.  Books to watch for in the New Year include Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet, Enders, the second title in the Starters series by Lissa Price, and Pulse by Patrick Carman.

Trend #3:  Intriguing Nonfiction

Biographies have always been a staple in kids' literature, but fans are going to see even more great ones in 2013.  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."  Standouts in 2013 will be Nelson Madela by Kadir Nelson, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet, and Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin.

Trend #4:  Novels-in-Cartoons

With the success of the Bone, Captain Underpants, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, there continues to be an insatiable demand for the "novels-in-cartoon" genre.  The illustrations provide entertainment value and urge kids to continue reading, especially for reluctant readers.  Fans are going to see a great flood of fun, new reads in 2013 such as: Chickenhare by Chris Grine, Stick Dog: A Really Good Story with Kind of Bad Drawings by Tom Watson, Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers and Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel.

Trend #5:  Kid Lit on the Screen

In 2013, readers will be seeing the pages out of their favorite books on the big 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), and the action adventure saga Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (based on the 2008 series by Cassadra Clare).  Middle grade readers will also find the second film from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series in theaters in late summer: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

"While there is never a shortage of works about the undead and paranormal in young-adult literature, we've recently seen the release of a wide range of post-apocalyptic novels brimming with action and romance," said Ed Masessa, Senior Manager Product Development for Scholastic Book Fairs and New York Times bestselling children's book author.  "But perhaps the bigger trends are the return to realistic action-packed novels and to books that reinforce the positive messages of tolerance, hope and acceptance.  Regardless of their reading preference, children will find that 2013 is going to be a banner year."

Trend #6:  War

Whenever we reach a historical anniversary, there is an increased interest in books related to the topic.  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.  Wars in general will be making their way on to the bookshelves in 2013, which is great news for teachers looking for great non-fiction to supplement classroom learning and help kids meet the Common Core State Standards.  Look for a broad selection of Cival War books including I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by Lauren Tarshis and What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? by Jim O'Connor, John Mantha and James Bennett.

Trend #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.  These characters do not set limits for themselves or take the easy way out - an important lesson for both boys and girls.  Books with exceptionally resourceful lead characters include:  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Legend and its sequel Prodigy by Marie Lu, Lawless by debut author Jeffrey Salane.

Trend #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.  Whether the setting is historical as in Finding Zasha by Randi Barrow or contemporary like Stranded by Survivor host Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts thrilling page-turners filled with tension and excitement will set their hooks into young readers.

Trend #9:  Spotlight on Diversity

Kids want to see themselves in the novels they read, and publishers are embracing their individuality.  Readers can learn about their families, cultures, and themselves with these books that focus on cultural diversity.  Historical novels like The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine will provide plenty of home and classroom discussion.  Novels with more contemporary settings include Hold Fast by Blue Balliett.

Trend #10:  Nature Runs Amok

From campy, fantastical sci-fi to more realistic eco-thrillers, there is nothing like adventure in the wild.  Readers will come face-to-face with more and more page-turning sci-fi titles that cover the unrealistic to the actual - yet the common theme is that they are focused on ecology and the environment.  Books like Killer Species:  Menace from the Deep by Michael Spradlin, Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley, and Last Dogs:  The Vanishing by Christopher Holt will keep kids reading well into the night.     

All the books listed above will be available through either Scholastic Book Fairs and/or Scholastic Book Clubs and book stores.  I don't know about you guys but after reading the 2013 predictions I can't help but want to add even more titles to my TBR list and begin even more countdowns to bide my time until I can get my hands on a few of these titles for myself.

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