Sorry Wilbur – Without Part 2, It’s a Hard Sell!

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As anyone who has recently been in the children’s department of a bookstore or library already knows, kids want to read books that are part of a series.  Often, when suggesting a novel to students, they will ask if the book has a sequel. If the answer is no, they don’t want to read the book.  These are tough days for my favorite book, Charlotte’s Web. E.B. White didn’t write what happened to Wilbur and Fern afer the death of Charlotte so the book is primarily checked out to teachers to read aloud to their students.  It didn’t surprise me to read on Publishers Weekly’s website that 18 books for children and young adults sold over a million copies last year – and all of them were entries in a series.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Fancy Nancy and several books by Rick Riordan all joined the million plus club.

And speaking of Rick Riordan, this is a fun article about the uber-successful author’s own favorite books:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/rick-riordans-favorite-childhood-books/

One entry from the “land of series” that I’m looking forward to reading is part 3 of The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette was released yesterday.

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