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Kid-lit: the Breakdown

December 13, 2011

After reading my blog about genre, a few people asked me to comment about kid-lit. Basically, the genres are the same. However, when writing for children, an author must identify the age of the reader. This will classify the book as a board book, picture book, an early reader, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult. Within each group, there are particular genres, including classical literature.

Here’s the breakdown, although there’s no hard and fast rule:

Board books: up to 3 years of age

Picture books: 2-5 years

Early readers:  5-7 years

Chapter books: 6-8 years

Middle grade: 8-12 years

Young adult: 12-18 years

Then of course, kids become adults. Usually.

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