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Literature Genres: Nonfiction Reading for Children

Parents and children alike often avoid choosing nonfiction books to read.  They are seen as boring and uninteresting.  But not all nonfiction books are boring!  The key is finding a subject that your child is interested in and reading books about that subject.  Does your child like to play outside?  Then find books about plants or animals.  Does your child like to use cars

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Fantasy – Children’s Literature Genres

Fantasy – Children’s Literature Genres The last post in our literature genres series dealt with the science fiction genre.  The fantasy genre is often confused with science fiction, but there are some very clear differences between them. Fantasy Characteristics Fantasy novels are set in an entirely new world completely different from the world as we know it.  The setting of a fantasy novel will

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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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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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