A couple of things I've noticed over the last year is that no matter what the target age, series seem to be flying off the shelves. This is a trend that I predict will only increase. Another trend is an increasing number of books being turned into movies. E-books weren't mentioned in the Scholastic roundup, but I'm pretty sure this is another area of the kids's book market that's ballooning. For example, Harlequin has jumped into the ring with a new online YA Romance presence with Harlequin Teen. Lastly, a trend I'm sad to say I've seen is that in addition to a shrinking picture book market, there are fewer complex cross-over picture books being published. This is perhaps the most disturbing trend of all given what a wonderful reading opportunity picture books can be for everyone; especially since kids have less time for reading. Picture books can be particularly beneficial to populations like ESL students and reluctant readers, and the art is often some of the best in the world. PB offer a wealth of opportunities to address complex issues and open the doors to discussions both in schools and homes. In the push to get kids reading chapter books, sometimes we forget that many picture books are richly crafted gems that contain the elements of larger works of fiction.
Check out On Our Minds @ Scholastic: Scholastic's 10 trends in children's books for 2010 for the entire list.