Read below in this post for notes from the Tween market panel I went to. Also, there is another post below this one about the Teen Author Carnival.
Today we arrived at BEA super early to do a test run to see how long it would take to commute from NJ. Joining me on the commute was
The first thing we did was went to check out Denise’s book in the New Author Spotlight section. Here she is with her baby. And the best part?
SHE DEDICATED HER BOOK TO ME!
*faints* That’s a huge deal and I cried when she showed it to me. So that’s just another reason to pick it up on September 7th.
- Tweens 8-12 are "Too old for toys, but too young for boys."
- Tweens are the most powerful consumer group since the baby boomers and they make up more than $335 billion dollars of direct and indirect spending.
- The worst thing to happen to reading was book reports and testing because tweens started to read for answers instead of escapism or pleasure.
- Tweens want to be productive and competent but fear failure.
- Rebellion against parents is the definition of being cool.
- Parents often worry about sexual content in books, but violence and consumerism are more worrisome
- Parents also worry about the edgy content of tween books, but nothing in a book is worse than what’s shown in PG-13 movies or even on regular TV shows
- Rapid growth spurts (different parts of the body growing at different rates)
- Growth spurts differe for boys and girls
- Changes in metabolism often lead to restless of squirmy behavior or listless lethargic behavior
- Alterations in blood sugar stability are the norm
- Development of secondary sex characteristics
- Body image becomes a large part of self-concept
- Acne is common
- Poor posture is common
- Kids test adult value systems and become reliant on peer groups
- They desire independence, but need adult security
- They overreact to anything with sexual implications
- Attention seeking; sometimes inappropriately, yet they generally do not want to stand out in the crowd
- They often fantasize
- Critical of self
- Exhibit feelings about fairness and values in others
- Think about death
- Over 75% of middle level students display concrete as opposed to abstract reasoning abilities
- Extraordinary expansion of mental growth
- A loss of interest in academic or creative studies is displayed by over 25% of students
- Varying mutation rates cause widest range of intellectual abilities
- Different learning styles are evident
After that, I went to the Editor Buzz panel and learned about the hottest up and coming books for adults. They sound AMAZING! I can’t wait to start reading these. The ARCs I picked up were:
and WEST OF HERE by Johnathan Evison, which I can’t find a photo of. Also, we heard about BAD SCIENCE, but there weren’t any ARCs available tonight.
All in all, a great day. And now? Bed before tomorrow’s jam packed events. BEA exhibits, blueboarder dinner, kidlit drinks!