Co-owner Jenesse Evertson gave a short presentation, highlighting the following trends in publishing for children/YA:
bbgb is pleased to see the return of the scary story that is squarely in the realm of impossibility. In this context, Claire Legrand’s book (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers) really delivers. Lately, the borderline between reality and make-believe has become blurred in children’s books. Could the events in the story really happen or not? This can be confusing for young readers. bbgb loves this book because it’s scary, but safe scary because it’s something that could never happen.
Want a book that will make you cry but completely blow you away? That is how Jenesse describes Every Day (Knopf Books for Young Readers), a book about a soul who wakes up in a different body every day. A veteran of collaborations, David Leviathan wrote this book on his own.
Strong voices are becoming more and more prominent in books for kids and this book exemplifies the emergence of the southern voice in children’s literature. A strong voice connects the reader with the character right away. Glory Be (Scholastic Press) is a debut novel by Augusta Scattergood, a 60-something–year-old, new author. Gives us all hope!
bbgb has changed the way they stock books. They have a permanent collection that will always be available in the store: classics plus newer books that they absolutely love. They also have a collection that changes constantly–new titles to try, great finds from other countries, etc.
Also spotted in the audience was Brian Rock (www.brianrock.net) who launched his picture book With All My Heart (Tiger Tales) on Sept 1, 2012. Next for Brian is The Deductive Detective (Sylvan Dell) scheduled for April 2013. Congratulations, Brian!
Gigi Amateau will launch her new novel Come August Come Freedom (Candlewick) at the Poe House, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Visit Gigi at http://www.gigiamateau.com.
Visit bbgb at http://www.bbgb.com for coming events and notice of future gatherings.