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Genres of Literature: Current Children's & YA

Classics and Notable Titles



Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Often in picture book form or an illustrated collection 
  • Many varieties: rhyming, free verse, concrete, novels in verse, narrative 
  • Explores sound and meaning through language, imagery and form.
  • It appeals to both the thoughts and feelings of the reader. 
  • It may be humorous, comforting, descriptive, thought-provoking, unsettling. 
  • A single poem can be a great discussion starter or introduction to a topic.