Friday, 15 January 2010

Children's book sales not fading into Twilight...

Divide opinion they may, but Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' saga has boosted sales of children's books all across the board. Figures show that despite the book market as a whole falling by 0.5%, children's books were up by 4.9%. The total number stands at approximately 60 million books in the children's genre being sold last year, equalling £293 million worth of revenue. Children's Laureate Anthony Browne was rightly pleased with the results, adding; 'the best picture books leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination'. Although this year, the top five bestselling children's books are all from Meyer's vampire series, old classics remain popular, with Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' a staunch favourite.

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