I saw the obligatory monument of Harry Potter books in Wal*Mart today. I personally haven’t read any of the Potter books so I’m not caught up the the “fever“, but I am interested from the perspective of it being popular young adult fiction. What with so many other avenues of entertainment these days, it’s good to see kids reading.
With regards to Harry Potter, Matthew Cheney, who has nothing against the Potter books as long as they are not labeled the best ever printed, points us to 18 Fantasy Authors to Read Instead of J.K. Rowling and 18 more fantasy authors to read instead of J.K. Rowling. I include those links here for those interested in other young adult fiction.
Speaking of young adult fiction, the 288 page The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens edited by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden was recently released. SF Site has a write up and so does Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention: The Inter-Galactic Playground blog by Farah Mendlesohn is dedicated to children’s literature and particularly children’s science fiction.