The Confounding Science of Children’s Literature by Theresa Fisher
This article has been published on the Fatherly website. It begins:
Over the past, 50 Researchers have learned a lot about the basis behind children's book-selection preferences. But there's still a lot that remains unknown.
It takes no more than a quick Google search to find out which children’s books are flying off the shelves. But how much do children’s book sales actually tell us about children’s book preferences? Do kids love Dragons Love Tacos because of their interests in both dragons and tacos? Probably. Did She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World, by Chelsea Clinton, make it to number two on the New York Times bestsellers list because kids can’t resist an illustrated guide to modern-day feminist heroes? Probably not. (Although, wouldn’t it be nice if that were the case?)