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I thought I'd share a few thoughts that came out of the New York SCBWI booksellers panel. Because of the emphasis on Common Core Standards, we may see a resurgence of picture books for school age children. Specifically, booksellers are expecting more nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, fiction with a nonfiction link (based on a true story, for example, perhaps with an author's note or supplemental web material), and fiction with nonfiction back matter (bibliography, glossary etc.).

Also, we may start seeing more interest in folktales and fairy tales! I'm guessing that this will be mainly for traditional tales, especially from nonwhite cultures, with back matter on history/culture, to tie into the "informational" text focus. That last sentence is just my interpretation, though.

I doubt this means that we've seen the last of "character driven picture books with series potential" like Fancy Nancy or the Pigeon, which have been dominating picture book sales. But there may be room for more variety in the near future. If you are writing fiction, think about how you might tie into common core standards with an educational aspect. If you are an illustrator, note that the ability to draw a realistic images may be a benefit.
#1 - February 19, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Thanks for sharing this information.  I'm going to print it out for future reference.   :thankyou
#2 - February 19, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Oooh, thank you from me too! That is very useful to know as I'm doing some picture book challenges, and therefore lots of picture book writing, right now.  :love5:
#3 - February 19, 2013, 02:49 PM

Thanks, Chris. Useful stuff!
#4 - February 19, 2013, 03:00 PM

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Yeah! I'm working on a few biographies so this is good news.
#5 - February 19, 2013, 03:02 PM

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Great info!  Do you know how I can find out more information about the specifics of the Common Core Standards?
#6 - February 20, 2013, 08:44 AM

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Here's the website our school district sent out:

http://www.corestandards.org/
#7 - February 21, 2013, 06:39 PM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

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Yay for those of us who write mostly nonfiction.
#8 - February 21, 2013, 06:41 PM
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Thanks for sharing this, Chris!
#9 - February 22, 2013, 08:39 AM


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Ooh, thanks for sharing, too!
I've spent this whole morning flipping through my sketchbooks, trying to decide what to work on next - and now I have a plan!
#11 - February 22, 2013, 11:17 AM

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Ooh thanks for posting this Chris !
#12 - February 22, 2013, 09:29 PM

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Good to think about as we write new ms! Thanks!
#13 - February 23, 2013, 06:15 AM
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Girls Guide to Manners, Legacy Press Kids 2014
God Is So Good coloring book, Warner Press 2013

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Thanks Lori!
#14 - February 25, 2013, 07:49 AM

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Thanks for the info, it's always good to know which direction the market is headed...
#15 - March 08, 2013, 06:52 PM

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Thanks for the info Chris - I agree with nikileydecker!
#16 - March 09, 2013, 09:05 PM

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I've noticed these are math and English standards. Anything for social studies or science (for the primary grades)?
#17 - March 09, 2013, 09:23 PM
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I can't speak for all districts, but I know that our second graders study a unit on Lewis and Clark because several of them came in asking for books on Sacajawea.
#18 - March 10, 2013, 08:49 PM
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The Common Core standards are relatively new...only math and language arts have been released thus far.  New science standards are currently being revised.  Check it out here:  http://www.nextgenscience.org

Your state should have a website concerning original teaching and learning standards in all other areas.  For example:  http://www.isbe.net/ils/

I can tell you that every teacher's in-service we have had over the past two years has been about the new CCSS.  Non-fiction is huge, especially with state testing.
#19 - March 11, 2013, 06:56 AM

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To see how Common Core ties in to picture books, see Melissa Stewart's Celebrate Science blog. She has a great series on the Common Core and how it ties in with different picture books.

http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/

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Kirsten Larson
#20 - March 11, 2013, 07:35 AM
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I think a resurgence of PBs for any reason is a wonderful thing and long overdue.  :yup
#21 - March 11, 2013, 08:49 AM
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Great info!
#22 - March 11, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Thank you for sharing!!

Btw, my agent says eds are asking for creative science,so educational books are on the rise for sure. :)
#23 - March 29, 2013, 08:20 AM
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Thanks!
#24 - April 04, 2013, 09:49 AM

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Man, I hope it means a resurgence of interest in folktales!!! (Just as I do a PB that's not a folktale...)
#25 - April 04, 2013, 11:12 AM
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What I'm seeing pitched to me (as an elementary school librarian) are folktales that are take offs. Something like "Jill and the Giant Beanstalk" or "The Runaway Taco" etc.  Teachers have started coming to me asking for different versions of the same fairy tale so they can do compare and contrast lessons. What's the same in each story? What's different?
#26 - April 04, 2013, 10:23 PM
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I think this is on topic. Can anyone tell me the difference between narrative nonfiction and faction? I'm thinking maybe different folks just choose different verbiage.
#27 - April 05, 2013, 03:46 PM

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This is a great thread!
#28 - April 06, 2013, 08:09 AM
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I think this is on topic. Can anyone tell me the difference between narrative nonfiction and faction? I'm thinking maybe different folks just choose different verbiage.
Great question, Wendy! I would like to know too.  :yup
#29 - April 13, 2013, 06:35 PM

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As I understand it, narrative nonfiction is nonfiction that tells a story. Memoirs, travel writing, and biography can all be forms of narrative nonfiction. Also narrative nonfiction uses the devices of fiction, such as polished language and cinematic technique. Narrative nonfiction may have a story arc (or not).

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco is one example. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery is another. My book, Abe Lincoln Loved Animals, is narrative nonfiction. It tells the story of Abe Lincoln's relationship with animals.

The Winter Solstice is strictly factual (non-narrative) nonfiction. It describes how different cultures have celebrated the solstice through the centuries and how the position of the sun relative to the angle of the Earth causes it--a topic not good for storytelling.

Both kinds of nonfiction have to be extremely accurate.
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