Getting to Know Children's Literature by "Genre"
    The Newton Free Library is an online website that provides excellent links to help young readers
    both read from online literature and learn about different "Genres" of literature. 
    Click on the link below and then see GUIDE TO LISTS.  Here you will find the different types of fiction
    and non-fiction reading available.  Check out award winning books!  Read books online!

    A story including elements that are impossible - such as talking animals or magical powers.  Make-believe is what this genre is all about.

    Realistic  Fiction   

    A story using made-up characters that could happen in real life.


    A suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story.

    Traditional Literature

    Stories that are passed down from one group to another in history.  This includes folktales, legends, fables, fairy tales, tall tales, and myths from different countries.

    Historical Fiction

    A fictional story that takes place in a particular time period in the past.  Often the setting is real, but the characters are made up from the author's imagination.



     A type of fantasy that uses science and technology
    (robots, time machines, etc.)    


    Texts that provide facts about a variety of topics (sports, animals, science, history, careers, travel, geography, space, weather, etc.)


    The story of a real person's life written by another person.


    The story of a real person's life that is written by that person.


    Poetry is verse written to create a response of thought and feeling from the reader.  It often uses rhythm and rhyme to help convey its meaning.