I spend the first class of my writing workshops talking about the market with my students, and then I send them off to the library or bookstore to do their own investigative work. I encourage them to talk to the workers there, too, who are really the people-in-the-know. But there's another super easy way to keep track of kids' fiction - the best lists.
With the end of the year approaching, most of the review magazines, websites, and award committees are gearing up to announce their best lists. Whether you're interested in sci fi, middle grade, pictures books or nonfiction, there's a best list for you. To keep you in reading materials until the Newbury and Printz awards are announced, try checking out some of these best lists:
Kirkus Reviews - the children's list is out now, and the teen list comes out Dec. 2.
Publishers Weekly - hear from the publishers themselves.
Good Reads Choice Awards - or hear it straight from the readers.
New York Times Book Review - well, of course.