Posted on October 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The newest trend in children's literature isn't one to be glad about.
The Associated Press reports that demand is increasing for books about violence, grief, and emotion that are appropriate for young readers — nearly 6 million copies of such books were sold in 2021, double the amount in 2012, according to NPD BookScan.
Some of those books focus on violence, either in the community in general or at school.
One editorial director for a publishing imprint told the AP that she remembers being shocked by a book proposal about surviving a school shooting.
But, she said, that's what many readers have lived through, and so they or their parents might seek literature that helps them process it.
Case in point: I’m Not Scared … I’m Prepared, a book that shows a teacher instructing students how to react to a dangerous intruder, was reprinted several times to meet demand after the May massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Read more about the rising demand for children's books on tough topics in the AP's article.
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