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Title: Too much SEL?
Post by: Jenny on March 17, 2022, 11:37 PM
I just watched a presentation with an editor from Macmillan and they said the pb market is starting to become saturated with sel books.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Too much SEL?
Post by: Hopeful on March 18, 2022, 05:14 AM
What are "sel" books?
Title: Re: Too much SEL?
Post by: Jenny on March 18, 2022, 06:00 AM
What are "sel" books?

Sorry.  I meant social emotional learning.
Title: Re: Too much SEL?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 18, 2022, 06:11 PM
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. 
Title: Re: Too much SEL?
Post by: Jenny on March 18, 2022, 07:07 PM
That's  a very good point Debbie. I didn't think of it that way.
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Post by: dkshumaker on March 19, 2022, 10:56 AM
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".
Title: Re: Too much SEL?
Post by: Shannywriter on March 23, 2022, 08:11 PM
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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Post by: Jenny on March 23, 2022, 08:20 PM
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.
Title: Re: Too much SEL?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 23, 2022, 09:21 PM
Actually, I believe many states have or are putting out SEL curricula. This is likely something you can research online.