By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
The Shenzhen Top 10 for ChildrenThe annual Shenzhen Reading Forum has released its list of the top 10 most popular books for children in the Chinese market, divided into three categories: children’s literature, educational titles, and picture books.
The top 10 children’s titles for 2017 were announced as part of the recently concluded Shenzhen Reading Month.
2017 Shenzhen Forum’s Top 10 Children’s Books
- Shuiyao Kakasha, described as a gentle romance between little “Potato” and the water spirit “Kakasha”
- The Wolf and the Strong Wind, about a small dog, Yima, growing up in the steppes to be a master runner, able to keep up with the wind in the forest
- Doorway to Dreams, a collection of 58 imaginative poems by children’s literary writer Wang Lichun
- The Red Pencil of Amira, a girl who finds that the gift of a red pencil strengthens her confidence and helps her in her own literary aspirations
- Teaching Children Quantum Mechanics, in which examples of the science–and the stories of physicists–are made accessible through the use of examples from everyday life
- Earth’s History, part of the “WallBook” series
- The Color Monster, about a small creature whose colors–red, yellow, blue, green and black–help children identify emotions such as happiness, anger, and sadness
- Could I Not Go to School Today? focuses on child psychology, stressing the power of reading and creativity
- The Roadside Flowers is said to be a book that can “restore your innocence” and help you “rediscover beauty” with small elements of everyday life that can make you “feel love and being loved”
- The Fox And The Star is described as “an allegory of love and loneliness, of getting and losing,” with a retro design full of compelling images
Children’s Books in China
Jiang Yanping, general manager and co-owner of OpenBook, gave a presentation on the Chinese market in October at Frankfurt Book Fair, in which she revealed that children’s books are the largest publishing sector in China, according to OpenBook data. In 2016, children’s books represented 23.51 percent of the overall retail market.
Only social science literature is seen as coming close in the company’s 2016 figures, at 23.09 percent, with educational in third place at 15.91 percent. (See the graphic from Jiang’s presentation above.)
In addition, OpenBook’s figures indicate that the children’s book sector in China showed by far the most growth, registering at 28.84 percent in 2016 over 2015.
On Wednesday, Publishing Perspectives will have our November bestsellers from China, both in the overall bestseller list and in bestsellers by non-Chinese authors.
OpenBook is a privately owned industry-data research firm based in Beijing. It functions somewhat as Nielsen and NDP do from the West, and Nielsen Book Research International has worked with OpenBook in Asian operations.