Book publishers discovering youth non-fiction

Children’s and young adult books are experiencing a Renaissance of sorts. Compared with the year prior, the category saw a 30 percent increase in revenue during the first quarter of 2014. Compare that to a 4 percent drop among adult fiction and non-fiction over the same time periocd, and you can see where the money is.

Not surprisingly, most of those kids titles have been in the world of fiction. But the publishing world is discovering a new opportunity in children’s non-fiction, as the New York Times reports:

[quote author=’New York Times’]“Not everybody wants to read about vampires and dystopia,” said Steve Sheinkin, who has written original children’s books about the Civil War and the atomic bomb. “Some kids want to read about World War II or spies, and that was an underserved area for young readers.”[/quote]

Historians and biographers are finding that they can simplify and condense their tomes to appeal to a hungry, young audience. From Oliver Stone’s “The Untold History of the United States” to “Chew on This” (adapted from Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation”), non-fiction subjects that were previously considered too mundane or complex for young readers are proving to be popular and appealing.

Who knows, maybe you’ll see something new pop up on Tales Untold before long…

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