Everybody loves children’s books.  Every one of us has a favorite children’s story. Most kids and even the young at heart have read or own at least one fairy tale book. It’s this love for children’s stories that have made children’s book a stable market in the publishing industry.

For the past few years, sales of various children’s book categories increased consistently both in print and eBook format. Despite a slight decline in children’s market during the first quarter of this year, it pretty safe to say that the children’s book category remains a strong player. That said, here are the top 5 Children’s Book categories currently doing well in the market.

#5 Folklore Tales

Fairy Tales, myths, legends, and fables will always have a special place in the hearts of readers. Despite the rise of modern plots, subgenres, and narrative arcs, folklore and fairy tale books are still doing okay in terms of sales and popularity. Most of these stories are very old and are passed on from generation to generation and sometimes are given new twists. Some of the folklore and fairy tales still popular today include:

  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Aladdin
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

#4 Young Adult

Young Adult fiction somehow has established its place in the children’s books categories. Its readers are mostly teens aged 13 and above. While there is no established definition on YA fiction, it’s safe to say that Young Adult literature books are books about and for teens. It deals with issues concerning their own interests as well. Below are some of the notable books of YA fiction.

  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
  • We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai
  • “Shout” by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

#3 Chapter Books

According to Wikipedia,
“A chapter book is a storybook intended for intermediate readers, generally age 7-10.”

Furthermore, chapter books should not be confused with picture books. Chapter book narrates the story through prose while picture books tell the story through the use of images. Chapter books are becoming popular because of its wide coverage and flexibility. This year, they are gaining ground ahead of young adult fiction with works like Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, Tito the Bonecrusher by Melissa Thomson, Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin, Eventown by Corey AnnHaydu, and the Lost Girl by Anne Ursu, to name a few.

#2 Early Readers

There was a time when Early Readers Children’s Books were produced almost exclusively by the traditional publishing houses, partly because there was no open market as compared to established narratives like fairy tales and picture books. Easy Readers are children’s literature which falls under the 200 to 3,500-word count. They are written for readers ages 5 to 7. Recently, a significant number of young authors have produced quality books under this category. Poof! A Bot! by David Milgrim, Save the Cake by Molly Coxe, Snail & Worm All Day by Tina Kugler, The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier, and the Hello, Hedgehog! Series are some of the easy reader books making waves today.

#1 Picture Books

These board books for infants and children ages 0 to 5 are still the top in-demand children’s books in the United States and perhaps in most parts of the reading world. Picture books are universal and they often transcend language and culture. Last year, picture books sales alone went up significantly. And some of these titles include:

  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
  • The Good Egg by Jory John
  • The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin                 

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