I went Christmas shopping at Barnes and Noble today. I was looking for a children’s book. And I was struck by just how many of those books had been around for a really long while. There was Pat the Bunny, and The Monster at the End of This Book (a personal favorite) and Goodnight Moon. I saw Judith Viorst’s Alexander’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and a bunch of Frosty, Rudolph and Santa books.
And I wondered what was going on.
These books have been around for twenty or thirty years-at least. Do we just like to read the same stuff that our parents read to us, to our kids? Or is there some scarcity of writers for children’s books? I don’t have any answers. The book I bought was a Sesame street version of Simon Says so I was really supporting some Trademark not a fellow writer. But I’d like to think that if I had seen something innovative and fun to read, I would have bought it.
Where are you writers of children’s books?