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Understand the Different Genres of Kid Books Available In the Market So As To Avoid Confusion

Many kinds of monthly subscription boxes for kids have appeared in the market just like genres for adults. Understanding the different genres is essential for kid book writers.

Descriptive list of kid books genres

Board books

Board or baby books are designed for infants (ages 0-3). Infants tend to throw, chew or dribble on, so book pages are made from thick paperboard. It has a glossy finish, which helps to withstand rough usage. Board books are small making it easy for infants to handle. These books teach infants, colours, numbers, alphabets, rhymes, lullabies, and more.

Picture books

Picture books are best for early reading stage. Pictorial illustrations dominate the text. Children between 4 to 8 years can attentively sit motionless watching the illustrations for more time. Picture books can cover endless topics, which include a single main character (usually it is an animal) that embodies the kids concerns, feelings and viewpoint. Types of picture books are rebus, rhyming, wordless, concept, and multi-cultural.

Picture storybooks

Picture story books are for older children including high vocabulary level and plot development. A picture book has more illustration to support the story but picture storybooks carry more text. Picture storybooks carry few illustrations with an aim to hold child’s attention.

Rebus books

Rebus story book is a blend of pictures and text. You can call them word substitution books. Rebus books allow children to read as well as understand a story, which otherwise may be difficult to understand only with the text.

Beginning reader

Children between 6 to 8 years old, who just started to read independently, find these books easy to read. These books have conventional storylines, controlled language, and simple grammar. Story is expressed through action and dialogue with every small description of settings or characters. Subject and themes chosen are friends, family, school, pets, sports, holidays, friends, etc. which children find it easy to relate. Easy readers are used in kindergarten to preschools for reading instruction.

Chapter books

Children aged 7 to 10 read independently, so they can feel proud to read Chapter books. Chapter books include complex plot development and sentences but paragraphs are short. These are basically character-driven stories, which compel the readers. Illustrations are not a must in Chapter Books. Chapter books are written in series and you will find several popular ones for your kids online.

Novels

Two categories of novels are available –

  • Mid-grade novels (8 to 12 years) – These novels are marketed as ‘pre-teen’ or ‘tween’ books. Chapters are longer with more complex plots and sophisticated themes. Some popular pre-teen novels are written in series with every book featuring same characters.

  • YA novels (above 12 years) – Young Adult novels are of different genres like fantasy, sci-fic, historical, and paranormal. Basically, the main and secondary characters in YA novels are teenagers. Plot and content display issues related to contemporary teens like dating, self-discovery, death, school violence, substance abuse, and more.

Rhythmic books having musical component, folklores passed from generation to generation, Fairytales including magical component, fantasy stories comment good versus evil, concept books and the list of children books goes on and on. Remember, books are your best friend, so always enjoy reading!