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Genres of Literature: Current Children's & YA

What is Genre?

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Genre is basically a "category" with certain distinguishing characteristics. Thriller, comedy, horror, western are all examples of film genres, and there are many more. 

Literature also has a wide variety of genres. This Guide explores 8 different genres of literature that are well represented in children's and young adult literature. 

* Poetry * Historical Fiction * Traditional Literature/Folklore * Mystery & Detective Fiction * Informational * Biography * Science Fiction * Fantasy *

It also identifies two distinct formats of literature (can be any genre):

  • Picture Books
  • Graphic Texts