Encouraging signs for Kids Books at Bookstores

August 10, 2009

Recent economic woes have certainly affected bookstores along with most other businesses, but I recently came across a couple of positive signs that good literature for children and young adults is alive and doing well.

One of my favorite bookstores to browse and shop in is Powell’s in Portland, which says it’s the largest bookstore in the world. It’s a great place to wander around in for a while, as there are multiple stories and so many places to find so many good books. I usually drop my daughters off in the kid’s section and shop in nearby rooms for myself. I was really surprised when I went in a couple of weeks ago to find the kid’s section totally redone. It actually had more space and more books! Not only that, but there was a better differentiation between children’s, middle grade and young adult choices.

A clerk in the department said the expanded selection was a reflection of the increase in books being published targeting middle grade and young adult readers. It also says to me that people are buying these books, as the number of titles bought not the number of titles published keep a bookstore thriving. My daughters were thrilled to have so many great books to peruse and choose from.

I’ve also heard that Border’s is making changes in it’s kids’ section as well, and it now separates books for middle grade readers from books for younger children. I take these as great signs for mother-daughter book clubs and indeed for parents and kids everywhere. If the category of books for pre-teens through late teens is growing, undoubtedly there will continue to be quality titles for these readers to choose from. I’m certainly encouraged by what I’ve seen.

Class of 2k9 Offers Great New Choices in Fiction

April 24, 2009

One of my recent discoveries for finding new books has been the Class of 2k9 Web site. This concept of first-time middle grade and young adult authors banding together as a group started in 2007, and the Class of 2k9 Web site has links to authors and books from both 2007 and 2008.

This year’s list includes authors of 21 books. I’ve read two of them so far, Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry and Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton. I enjoyed both of them and recommend them to mother daughter book clubs.

On the site you can find out what’s going to be released in the next month or two, and find out information about the authors and their books. When I checked today I found  links to blogs, recipes, and other resources that you can use to plan your next mother-daughter book club meeting.