What makes a children's best-seller?

Berryman, Lisa
August 2006
inCite;Aug2006, Vol. 27 Issue 8, p6
The article discusses the elements that contribute toward the creation of a best-selling children's book. The elements necessary to create a best-selling book include the story, characters, genre of the story, the actual packaging of the book and marketing. A children's book must also appeal to both children and adults to become a best-seller. Examples of best-selling children's books include Harry Potter and the Narnia series.


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