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31 December 2009

Children's Publishing 2000-2009

As we head into this next decade, it's fascinating to look back. It's been a tough ten years, but remarkable as well - especially in the children's book world. We saw renewed interest in children's literature and reading with Harry Potter and Twilight. More adults are reading the Young Adult genre as they buy books "for their children."
     We experienced 9/11 which rocked our lives and hit the New York publishing industry especially hard. With the recession that followed, some amazingly talented editors were laid off, and good books fell by the wayside. Our normally hard to crack business got even harder.
     Meanwhile, our world changed - technology made it clear that there was no such thing as getting back to normal. The way we read is changing and we're all struggling to predict and adapt. It's daunting, but it's exciting too. What will books/reading in this next decade look like?
     But I ramble. Let me send you to an expert. Betsy Bird did a wonderful wrap up at Fuse #8: Best of the Decade: A Look Back at Children's Literature from 2000-2009.

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