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Children's Literature


What is a genre? A literary genre is a category of literary composition. Typical genres in children's literature include: picture books, traditional tales, fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, informational books, poetry, drama, etc.

Subject Headings

What are subject headings? Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases that classify library materials. They pull together items about a given subject. You can use subject headings to locate specific genres of children's books in the Library's collection.

In the Quest Library Catalog: select  "Children's Subjects" in the dropdown box and search the following terms:

Traditional Tales - use "folklore," "fables," or "fairy tales"

Modern or Traditional Fantasy- use "fantasy"

Biography - located in Non-Fiction Juvenile Biography section on the 3rd floor

Informational books -located in Non-Fiction by Dewey Decimal subject

Poetry- use "poetry" -located in Non-Fiction JE800s

Fiction is trickiest- books are categorized generally under fiction, but not necessarily under subcategories such as realistic or historical fiction. Try searching online for book lists that make recommendations and looking for specific items by title.

Graphic Novels are found in the Non-fiction area in the JE741 section, and will sometimes be assigned the Children's Subject "Graphic Novels."