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ED 351: Children's Literature: Genres

Books for Different Genres

This page provides resources and lists of children's books focusing on different genres and categories of literature, including:

  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Short Stories
  • Traditional Literature
  • Modern Fantasy/ Science Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Graphic novels

Where can you find more?

  • Use Advanced Search in the Library catalog.  Type in "Picture books for children" and juvenile on one line as a SUBJECT plus a KEYWORD of your choice (such as poetry, fantasy, mystery, supernatural, romance, etc) on the second line. 

  • Browse the Children's Literature Section on the 4th Floor of the LARC

Poetry

Poetry includes Nursery Rhymes, Lyric Poems, and Narrative Poems.

The best way to find these books is to seach using SUBJECT: "children's poetry" or "juvenile poetry"

Below are some examples of this genre in the collection. 

Plays

Plays include both original plays as well as adaptations.

Below are some examples of this genre.  Links will take you to the Amazon page.

Short Stories

Below are some examples of this genre. 

Traditional Literature

Traditional literature includes myths, epics, legends & tall tales, folktales, fables, and religious stories.

Below are some examples of this genre.  

Modern Fantasy (and Science Fiction)

Modern fantasy includes modern folktales, animal fantasy, personified toys & objects, unusual characters & situations, worlds of little people, supernatural events & mystery fantasy, historical fantasy, quest stories, and science fiction & science fantasy

The best way to find these books is to perform a keyword search by a specific type of fantasy (see top-left for instructions).  

Mystery

Below are some examples of this genre.  

Romance

Below are some examples of this genre. 

Nonfiction

Nonfiction includes biographies and informational books.

The best way to find biographies is to use biography as a SUBJECT in the library catalog.  

Below are some examples of this genre.  

Genre Awards

Each of the following links will provide you with details on a different award for a particular genre.

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction includes the beginnings of civilization, civilizations of the ancient world, civilizations of the medieval world, emergence of modern nations, development of industrial society, world wars in the 20th century, and post-World War II

The best way to find these books to use the library catalog and enter theSUBJECT: history and fiction along with  the SUBJECT: "Picture books for children" or juvenile.  If you are interested in a particular historical event, you may also add that as a keyword.

Below are some examples of this genre. 

Realistic Fiction

Realistic fiction includes books on families; peers; physical, emotional, mental, & behavioral challenges; communities; animals; sports; mysteries; moral choices; romance & sexuality; coming of age; and adventure & survival.

The best way to find these books is to perform a keyword search by a specific type of realistic fiction (see top-left for instructions).

Below are some examples of this genre.