A number of award-winning authors and illustrators of children's books died in 2012. Some of them include: Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and other acclaimed picture books, whose work has had a lasting impact on children's literature; Jean Craighead George, the Newbery Medal winner and honoree for Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain respectively; Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the Little Bear books illustrated by Maurice Sendak; Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the Berenstain Bears series; New Zealand author Margaret Mahy; and artist Leo Dillon, who with his artistic partner and wife, Diane, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration in both 1976 and 1977. For more, see School Library Journal: In Memoriam 2012.
On a happier note, a number of anniversary editions of children's books were published in celebration of books that generations of children have enjoyed.
Looking Ahead: 2013
Movies from Popular Books
With all the hype about the next movie based on The Hunger Games trilogy and its projected release on November 22, 2013, I think the interest in Suzanne Collins's books will continue, with particular interest in the second, Catching Fire, since that's the one the 2013 movie is based on. I think we'll see a similar interest in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series, with the release of the second movie based on the series, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, on August 16, 2013 and in J.R.R. Tolkien's book, The Hobbit, with the release of the second Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, on December 13, 2013. (Source of Movie Information: About.com Kids' Movies & TV
Scholastic editors have released their list of what they see as the Top 10 Trends in Children's Books for 2013. I'll be providing an additional forecast, this one from Carolyn Brodie, the president of the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, in the coming week.
(Cover art courtesy of Penguin)