Irish children’s book market grows 16%

Irish children’s book market grows 16%

Children’s book sales in Ireland increased 16% in 2015, boosted by the popularity of authors such as David Walliams and Jeff Kinney, but booksellers and publishers in the country say strong local publishing is also on the rise.

The YA and children’s book market totalled €34m (£26.6m) in 2015 in value terms, up from €30m (£23.5m) in 2014, according to figures given to The Bookseller by Nielsen. In volume terms, sales were up 8.7% to 3.7m units over the same time period.

The biggest area of the market was children’s and YA fiction, which had value sales of €14.2m (£11.1m), followed by textb...

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