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Mysteries – Children’s Literature Genres

Of all the types of stories children enjoy, a good mystery is often a favorite choice.  Mysteries capture a child’s attention and make them want to quickly get to the end of the book.  These books also encourage children to pay attention to book details as they try to figure out the mystery before it is revealed. Mystery Characteristics Mysteries are generally realistic fiction

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Improving Reading Comprehension

Even the best readers can sometimes struggle with reading comprehension.  As parents, you can help your child learn to not only read the words, but also understand what they are reading. What is Reading Comprehension? Reading comprehension is simply understanding what you read.  Answering questions about the story, figuring out what might happen next, thinking about what you know about the story and its

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Reading Across America

Reading Across America Summer vacation is almost here.  Kids are excited, and parents are maybe a little less excited!  It’s easy during the summer to forget about school.  However so many children backtrack over the summer months. This summer my son and I are going to travel across America.  Now we don’t have the time (or the money) to actually travel across the United

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Biography – Children’s Literature Genres

Biography is a type of nonfiction book that people tend to avoid.  While it may seem difficult to get children interested in nonfiction, biographies tend to be more child-friendly because they are written like a story.  They are a great way to introduce your child to well-known historical figures! Biography Characteristics A biography is a nonfiction book written about the life of a person. 

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Poetry – Children’s Literature Genres

Children’s Literature Genres: Poetry When you think of topics most children enjoy reading, poetry may not be the first thing that comes to mind.  Most children do like to read poetry though.  Because of the rhythms and lyrical nature of poetry, it is especially fun to read out loud. Poetry Characteristics Because there are many different types of poetry, its characteristics vary between poems. 

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Science Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres

Science Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres So far in the genres of literature series, we have talked about the characteristics of two main types of fiction – realistic fiction and historical fiction.  Along with science fiction, these three genres take place in very different settings.  Historical fiction takes place in the past, realistic fiction is set in the present, and science fiction happens in

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Historical Fiction | Children’s Literature Genres

In my previous post in the series on literature genres, I discussed the characteristics of realistic fiction.  Another interesting genre for children to read is historical fiction.  Children will love reading about the adventures of characters during times past, and they may even learn a little history in the process! Historical Fiction Characteristics In some ways, historical fiction can be similar to realistic fiction. 

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Realistic Fiction – Children’s Literature Genres

Children’s Literature Genres: Realistic Fiction There are so many types of books for children to read today.  Often children tend to gravitate to one or two specific types.  You may have a child who only wants to read mysteries, another child may only read comic books, or another may choose only books about cars and trucks.  While you want your child to enjoy reading,

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Drop Everything and Read

Drop Everything and Read Well, it’s May and Spring is finally on its way!  While that may mean more outside fun, it’s also a great month to start a new and exciting reading program at home.  Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) was a reading program invented by children’s author Beverly Cleary.  In her series of books about a young girl named Ramona, Ramona’s teacher

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Make Connections While Reading a Story

Make Connections While Reading a Story A good reader can usually make connections while reading a story.  This means that he will be able to relate the story to either his own ideas, other stories he has read, or events that have happened to him.  You can help your child make connections by encouraging him to not just read words, but to also think

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