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Genres of Literature: Current Children's & YA

Classics and Notable Titles

Distinguishing Features

  • Titles dealing with the problems and joys of living today.  
  • Often an element of character growth or self-realization in the book.  
  • Can provide insight into different points of view and promote self-reflection. 
  • Look for diverse voices. Literature representing underrepresented perspectives can promote tolerance and intercultural understanding. 
  • Read published reviews (available in Summon) to help evaluate and select titles. 
  • Realistic fiction can range from a humourous exploration of friendship to a hard-hitting look at troubling societal issues such as violence, racism, poverty and discrimination.