Barnes & Noble made it official today. As first reported in The Beat, the retail chain will be adding a separate kids graphic novel section to its stores. According to the official release the sections are aimed at readers 7-12 and will include such titles as Amulet, Wings of Fire, and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, as well as category giant Raina Telgemeier.
The move is a recognition of the growth of the category, one of the fastest growing book segments in either adult or children’s categories. The sections will carry more than 250 titles in the Fiction, Fantasy & Adventure, History, and Science. And realisticially this is a huge step forward for kids comics. When B&N expanded their dedicated comics sections nearly 20 years ago, sales grew apace.
“Readership of graphic novels continues to grow and expand, with kids flocking to this popular genre,” said Stephanie Fryling, Vice President of Merchandising, Children’s Books at Barnes & Noble. “Graphic Novels are a way for kids to appreciate both reading and art, and the breadth of talent for both authors and illustrators in this category is amazing.”
The move is one embraced by publishers, who have been increasing their kids GN offering by the bucketload over the last few years. And its the way forward.
Or if you like, just call it the “Raina Section.”
Elite Beat Operatives have been spotting these sections in the wild for a while now. feel free to add your own sighting and photo sin the comments!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.