Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 13, 2014

Genres: Trends From Editors/Agents Survey

artshowAngela Padron NJ SCBWI art show FINAL

The NJSCBWI Art Show Continues: I think you will enjoy this cute little sea monster in this illustration by Angela Padron. Angela was born and raised in Freehold, NJ but moved to Florida in 2002. For over 15 years, Angela taught bilingual, ESL, Spanish, and Art in public schools before becoming a freelance writer and illustrator. Now she writes and illustrates children’s books, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.

Below is the slide I made up after tallying the answers to the survey I sent to a total of 38 editors and agents. I asked each whether they thought the genres below where increasing, decreasing, or staying the same and if they expected this to continue for the next year.


Check back tomorrow for more details.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Always nice to see Picture books on the way up!


    • Paul,

      It is. Everyone at the conference was cheering about that one. Thanks for leaving a comment.



  2. I’m so glad you’re posting all this info, Kathy! All your weeks of hard work are being put to such good use for all (which is so typical of your M.O.!)


  3. And historical fiction too. Yeah!


    • Carol,

      That is the other one that people cheered about. It seems the pendulum is starting to swing back in the right direction.



  4. Reblogged this on Radhika Meganathan and commented:
    To all my readers (and students!) who want to know what’s hot and what’s not in kidlit genres, here is a Trends Survey from leading Editors & Agents.


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