So Slate did another one of their neatokeen slide shows, this one on early readers and the history thereof, including the recent trend towards movie tie-ins. They were not entirely complimentary toward the latter (and seeing a scan of the Incredible Hulk early reader book, I can see why). They did feature some kidlitosphere faves like Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie series (yay!) and the charming Hello Bumblebee Bat as alternatives. Check it out!
Thanks to Mo Willems's blog for the link.