*With apologies to the Spice Girls
Tip of the Day: Chilled, sweet NYS Finger Lakes wines are delicious treats for summer writing nights on the porch. My recommendation? Red Cat.
I love working the Reference Desk in the Children's Center at my library. Watching kids get so excited about books is encouraging and energizing! I know this blog's focus is on YA and MG work, but with my recent picture book dabbling, I have to do a post on The Most Asked For Picture Book Topics.
So here they are, in no particular order:
1. Cars and trucks (I like TRUCK STUCK)
2. Trains, specifically Thomas the Tank Engine (I like ALL ABOARD THE DINO TRAIN)
3. Sesame Street, specifically Elmo (most of ours are board books)
4. Faries (we have a lot of chapter books on them, less picture books)
5. Princesses, often Disney princesses (Barbie works, too)
6. Dinosaurs (Jane Yolen's a winner here)
7. Earthmovers, cranes, construction vehicles (The McMullans's I'M DIRTY and I STINK are hugely popular. I'M BAD fits the dino category.)
8. Airplanes (Nina Crews is good for this)
9. Well-known characters, specifically the Berenstein Bears, Curious George, Clifford
10. Dr. Seuss, specifically anything
...and parents often ask for...
11. A new baby coming into the home
12. Potty training (MY BIG BOY/GIRL POTTY)
I know that publishers don't like to have too many competing subjects on their lists or backlists, but man, we buy every picture book involving dinos that comes out -- we can never have enough! The new books that come out on these topics are ALWAYS checked out for AT LEAST A YEAR before we can get our hands on them to give requesting patrons.
Non-fiction books on these subjects are good, too, especially the ones on construction vehicles, trains, etc, for the little kids (ages 5 and under).
What picture books are popular in your homes/families/libraries/book stores?
Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing