Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hybrid Books For Kids Growing in Popularity


What's a "hybrid" book for kids? Books with a mix of text and illustrations (and other visual media like videos). Think Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries and Stick Dog. Hybrids are usually funny. Often about underdogs.

Kids are eating them up like they're the Big Macs of Kid Lit. Many hybrids are best-sellers with authors like Jeff Kinney generating his own Wimpy Kid publishing empire.

Take a look at the recent article 'Stick Dog' a standout in increasingly popular hybrid books by Karen Macpherson, Scripps Howard News Service, for more about hybrid books.

Discover more about hybrids at these links:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Stick Dog Books by Tom Watson
New York Times: Curling Up With Hybrid Books
NPR: Hybrid Books: 'Illuminations' And The Future Of The E-Reader

A brief confession: I haven't read  many hybrid books. Not because they're not good. Just because I have too little time and too many books to read. I'm curious to hear from people who have read them and find out what they think.

Do you like hybrids?  If so, what are your favorites. Please feel free to comment.

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