Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What Kids Are Reading

My client Brian Jay Jones has a great post on what kids are reading.

I've actually been fortunate enough to work at agencies that handled some of these titles, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, Tuck Everlasting, Goodnight Moon, Sarah, Plan and Tall, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Pearl, and Of Mice and Men.

8 comments:

Ryan Field said...

It's good to see that kids are still reading, but not so good to see that the numbers drop as they mature.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm jsut happy kids anytime I spot a kid reading isntead of listeing to an Ipod while texting on their cell phone or playing some handheld video game.

JohnO said...

I worry that some of those books wouldn't even get published today ... I saw some story about someone submitting "The Yearling" with a different title, and how it got uniformly ignored.

Adaora A. said...

Good Night Moon, Of Mixce and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird (which got me into reading and writing), are the best. Books where you don't even have to name the author because we already know.

Adaora A. said...

@travis - Had to poke fun into your comment. What if the kids are like me and both read a good book AND listen to their ipod?

Janet said...

JohnO, that is because agents are not stupid. They recognize a hoax when they see it and send it to the garbage with all the commentary it deserves. This kind of thing happens so regularly (and generally gets written up in another pathetic "state of the publishing industry" article) that agents must be getting weary of it.

Besides which, classics generally sell now because they have attained a certain status. They are their own brand. They wouldn't necessarily do well in today's market coming from an unknown author.

moonrat said...

I loved, loved, loved everything by Scott O'Dell as a child. EVERYTHING. You worked at that agency?!

Jonathan Lyons said...

Yup, McIntosh & Otis. Edward Necarsulmer is the primary agent for the estate there.