Scholastic Parents: Top trends in kids books for 2018

Scholastic Book Clubs editors, Lori Wieczorek, Darcy Evans, and Jaewon Oh, went "live" on our Scholastic Parents Facebook page this afternoon to discuss the top 5 trends to expect in children's literature in 2018.

Moderated by Serena Kappes, Senior Editorial Director of Scholastic Parents Online, our Book Clubs editors answered viewers’ top questions and offered a list of recommendations to get even the most reluctant reader interested in reading for fun this year.

Thanks to everyone who participated and asked questions, as viewers who shared their own books suggestions in the comments area.

Be sure to take the Scholastic Parents New Year Reading Challenge. Parents can easily download a printable calendar, filled with creative activities and fun emoji-like graphics that little ones will surely appreciate. To download: http://bit.ly/2E0B0SF 

Watch the video right here (or on Facebook here):

 

For the full list of titles that we shared, visit the Scholastic Parents 'Raise a Reader' blog.' All titles are currently available this month through Scholastic Book Clubs.

 

Here are some highlights of their top picks.

TREND 1: MORE BOOKS WILL CELEBRATE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS:

  • Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls by Kelly Greenawalt & illustrated by Amariah Rauscher (Scholastic)
  • Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias (Scholastic)

TREND 2: THE DEMAND FOR KID-FRIENDLY NONFICTION WILL CONTINUE TO GROW:

  • Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson (Scholastic)
  • Who Would Win? Series by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Rob Bolster (Scholastic)

TREND 3: ICONIC SERIES AND CHARACTERS RETURN WITH NEW STORIES:

  • The Boxcar Children Great Adventures by Gertrude  Chandler Warner & illustrated by Anthony VanArsdale (Albert Whitman & Company)
  • Jigsaw Jones Mysteries by James Preller (Macmillan)

TREND 4:  MAGICAL CREATURES WILL TAKE CHILDREN TO NEW WORLDS:

  • Not Quite Narwhal by Jessica Sima (Simon & Schuster)
  • Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals by Peter Raymundo (Scholastic)

TREND 5: BOOKS FEATURING HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES WILL ENGAGE CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND INTERESTS:

  • Karina Garcia’s DIY Slime by Karina Garcia (Sizzle Press)
  • Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani (Penguin Publishing Group)