Every year I get to go on a binge of children’s lit, taking a survey of what is out there, what are the trends, how things have(n’t) changed, and discover new pearls among…well. What’s challenging is to realize that, in actuality, children’s book publishing is becoming more extensive than in the past. This might go against the folk myth that print is actually suffering from an influx of the Internet, whereas print materials have been expanding for years. However, books are going out of print much more quickly than in the past, such that I need to purchase a book in 1-2 years if I want it in hardback, otherwise it’s gone to paperback and in 3-5 years (conservatively speaking) it may be out of print altogether if it isn’t on some best seller list somewhere. Shelf real estate is valuable to libraries and to publishing houses!
On a side note, I’m discovering a lot of good tunes via Last.fm while working, with one gem being Joanna Newsom. Unfortunately, this video is the size of a postage stamp on her site, but thank goodness for YouTube: