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I just watched a presentation with an editor from Macmillan and they said the pb market is starting to become saturated with sel books.

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#1 - March 17, 2022, 11:37 PM


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I think most PBs have an SEL component, but no one pointed it out before. How many books deal with making a friend or overcoming a fear? How many have someone standing up to help someone else or showing resilience or learning to adjust a message to the needs of an audience? How many are about learning to share or love yourself for who you are? All of these are SEL topics. They include the earliest PBs, the classics, and books of today. 
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That's  a very good point Debbie. I didn't think of it that way.
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I think everything goes through cycles. A few years back it seemed publishers wanted more unknown histories/bios about women. Now there is a glut in PB Bios. I think the pandemic highlighted a need for social emotional learning books, and now there might be too many.

But as always, a book with great voice and written in a new angle can always sell, regardless of a "glut".
#6 - March 19, 2022, 10:56 AM
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Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, October 2021)
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I am a kindergarten teacher and next school year we are required to teach SEL specifically for 30 min/week. I don't know if that's just a state thing or what. That definitely guides me when picking books, and affects choices in my writing. Like Debbie said, most PBs have elements of it in there.
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I am a kindergarten teacher and next school year we are required to teach SEL specifically for 30 min/week. I don't know if that's just a state thing or what. That definitely guides me when picking books, and affects choices in my writing. Like Debbie said, most PBs have elements of it in there.

That's very interesting. Thank you for sharing that.
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Actually, I believe many states have or are putting out SEL curricula. This is likely something you can research online.
#9 - March 23, 2022, 09:21 PM
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