Strange that this piece should not suggest a possible relationship between the two things…
Might it be the decline in school library provision that is helping the upsurge in children’s books sales by encouraging wealthier parents to buy more independently owned books for their children, leaving children from homes in which money is tight more and more disadvantaged…
Sales of children’s books are at an all-time high, yet it is harder for publishers to reach young readers, says the owner of a literary agency that represents more than 200 children’s illustrators and writers.
Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, founder of London-based The Bright Group, said funding cuts at schools and libraries has meant there are fewer books than ever on display, making it harder to reach families that do not normally buy books.
“The saddest thing is often there isn’t a showroom for books, because of a shortage of space and a lack of funding," she said. "Schools and libraries need higher budgets to acquire more books. Children aren’t exposed to enough books. Lack of discovery is probably the biggest challenge in children’s publishing.”
Sales of children’s books in the UK – including e-books and other digital formats – increased to £349m in 2014, a rise of 11pc on the previous year, according to recent figures from the Publishers Association. That contrasted with a 2pc decline in overall book sales.