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Children’s literature trivia: Did you know?

Author Stephanie Meyer
‘Twilight’ author Stephanie Meyer.
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Children’s books were the fastest-growing segment of the industry in 2011, increasing 12%, to $2.78 billion, according to BookStats.

Other surprising facts about children’s literature are:

50+ million =

Number of copies of “The Hunger Games” trilogy that are now in print in the United States.

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James Patterson:

Bestselling author for children ages 8 to 16 in 2011. He has sold more than 22 million middle grade and young adult books worldwide.


Number of children under school age whom Stephenie Meyer was mothering while she wrote “Twilight”:

three — all of them boys.

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