NPD Group Reports 24% Growth in Children's and Young Adult Graphic Novels for 2016

On April 6, ABC Children's Institute hosted a talk on "Trend and Findings in Children's Bookselling" delivered by NPD Book client development specialist Allison Risbridger. The NPD Group provides market information and business solutions that drive better decision-making and better results, and recently acquired Nielsen's U.S. market information and research services for the book industry, allowing them to accurately measure sales data across the book market. 

While print sales were reported down one percent year-over-year from 2010 to 2016, Risbridger noted that print sales have grown about three percent in the last three years. The growth has beenlargely attributed to the increase in the children's and young adult categories. 

Risbridger noted that trends within the children's and young adult category are being fueled primarily by STEM books and classics, but with the most notable influencing coming from comics and graphic novels which experienced a 24 percent growth in 2016. 

The momentum of comics and graphic novel sales in 2017 does not show any signs of waning as publishers such as Image Comics, Oni Press, Lion Forge, and others are publishing more children and young adult titles in the coming months. The full powerpoint presentation from the talk is available for ABA members here. For a list of featured upcoming young adult titles from Diamond publishers, see below.

Title Publisher ISBN Price Release Date
Infinite Seven Volume 1 Action Lab 978-1-63229-249-0 $14.99 6/20/2017
Kid Sherlock Volume 1 Action Lab 978-1-63229-289-6 $9.99 10/11/2017
SuperZero Volume 1 Aftershock Comics 978-1-935002-96-3 $17.99 8/16/2016
Blue Monday Volume 4 Image Comics 978-1-5343-0152-8 $14.99 8/15/2017
Descender: The Deluxe Edition Volume 1 Image Comics 978-1-5343-0346-1 $49.99 12/12/2017
Kid Savage Volume 1 Image Comics 978-1-63215-938-0 $14.99 5/2/2017
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood Image Comics 978-1-5343-0041-5 $14.99 7/11/2017
Paper Girls Volume 3 Image Comics 978-1-5343-0223-5 $12.99 8/8/2017
Lighter Than My Shadow Lion Forge 978-1-941302-41-5 $19.99 10/3/2017
Little Red Wolf Lion Forge 978-1-941302-45-3 $19.99 9/13/2017
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster Oni Press 978-1-62010-404-0 $12.99 6/21/2017
The Tea Dragon Society Oni Press 978-1-62010-441-5 $17.99 10/31/2017
Ocean of Secrets Volume 1 Tokyopop 978-1-4278-5714-9 $10.99 5/16/2017
Ocean of Secrets Volume 2 Tokyopop 978-1-4278-5722-4 $10.99 9/26/2017
Dragon's Crown Vol.1 Udon  978-1-77294-048-0 $12.99 10/17/2017
Persona 3 Volume 5 Udon  978-1-927925-89-8 $13.99 6/13/2017
Faith Volume 3: Superstar Valiant Entertainment 978-1-68215-199-0 $14.99 6/13/2016
Faith Volume 4: The Faithless Valiant Entertainment 978-1-68215-219-5 $14.99 9/19/2017

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