Lorna Sage Takes Maternity Break

Lorna Sage Takes A Maternity Break...

from her popular Ask Lorna column about children's books in the Telegraph:


When I started writing this column a year ago, it was in part a reaction to the boom in children's publishing taking place around us. In contrast to an adult market struggling in the face of digital technology and the dominance of cut-price internet retailers, children's books seemed to be thriving.
That trend has only increased, and the sector now leads the way both at the youngest end of the spectrum, in pioneering apps for the iPad, and in the teenage market which, as we recently reported, is revitalising adult commercial fiction in the form of New Adult titles - more sexually explicit versions of Twilight or The Hunger Games, which appeal as much to 20- and 30-year-old comfort-seeking women as they do to teenage readers.
So it's with regret that I'm taking a temporary break from this column, though the imminent arrival of a new baby is certain to sharpen my interest in picture books, at the very least. In the meantime, we will be introducing a new guest column to carry on something of the same spirit by presenting the best children's books in thematic or age-specific groups. Our hunch that what is most useful to parents is a curated selection of both old and new books has been borne out by feedback from you, the readers.