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Originally appeared in Publsihign Perspective on December 19, 2017 by Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

What will kids be reading in 2018? Scholastic editors issue five predictions about what children’s book trends will be popular and successful next year.

‘Just the Right Book at the Right Time’

In a series of five points, the editors of Scholastic have set out predictions of what they think will be the top trends in children’s books for 2018:

1. More books will highlight strong female characters

2. Kid-friendly nonfiction will continue to grow as a draw

3. “Iconic series and characters” will return with new stories

4. Fantasy worlds and creatures should maintain popularity

5. Activity books will be engaging, especially in the STEM arena

Publishing Perspectives reported in early February on Scholastic’s biennial Kids & Family Reading Report, and this new set of observations is, in part, based on what came to light in that report.

In a prepared statement on the newly released round of predictions, Scholastic Book Clubs president Judy Newman is quoted, saying that the company’s editors gain deep insight into their market and its potentials, not least because they must “feature a wide range of choice all year long in our monthly, in-classroom flyers.

“Their expertise,” she says, “helps more children find just the right book at the right time to encourage a love for independent reading.”