I just watched a webinar as part of 12x12. It was presented by Susannah Richards, who gave a passionate and highly informative talk. She shared some great links that I thought I'd pass along. They are full of information about some trends in children's literature and a preview from publishers of the Fall 2015 releases.
Fall 2015 Children's Sneak Previews
We Need Diverse Books | Official site of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign
What’s Trending? Hot Themes in kidlit and what we want to see