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The A to Z Glossary of the Kid Lit World

21 Mar

The A to Z Glossary of the Kid Lit World


  • Board Book – created for babies and toddlers with cardboard pages that withstand wonder and exploration
  • Picture Book – a book, usually geared toward children, in which the illustrations are as important (or more important than) the text and conventionally is 32 pages long
  • Wordless Picture Book – a book usually geared toward children that is illustrated and contains no words
  • Easy Reader – geared toward beginning readers with limited vocabulary, lager text font and images that illustrate the story to provide context to the reader
  • Chapter Book – geared toward readers that are moving beyond easy readers and are ready for longer texts and fewer illustrations. Chapter books are usually geared toward 7-10 year olds, with short chapters, large type font, and more white space. Chapter books are often less than 100 pages making them the next stepping stone for readers.
  • Middle Grade – geared toward 8-12 year old readers, with a more typical type font, less white space, and a few, if any illustrations. The books themselves are usually longer – think 200-300 pages and the chapters are usually longer than chapters found chapter books. Protagonists are usually 11 or 12 years old which allows for more mature content for a more mature reader.
  • Young Adult – geared toward 13-18 year olds with a protagonist who often learn where they fit into the world, not only within their family and friends, but within a larger context and spend time reflecting on what that means. Young adult novels can include profanity, graphic violence, romance, but doesn’t have to.


  • Novel in verse – can be found in middle grade and young adult novels. A novel in verse is a novel-length narrative written in a poetic form rather than in prose (paragraphs).
  • Graphic novel – a novel-length narrative written in the format of comic strips – including panels, captions, speech balloons, and the story relies heavily on the graphic/illustration element



  • Adaptation – an adult nonfiction book changed to be appropriate for a younger audience
  • Adventure – action is the key element, overshadowing setting, character and theme
  • Autobiography – book about a person’s life written by that person
  • Biography – book written about a person’s life by another person
  • Fantasy – include imaginary worlds, fantastic creatures, or ordinary people and animals who can do extraordinary things
  • Folklore – include fairy tales, folktales, myths and tall tales from a specific culture or country. This genre can include traditional, contemporary and fractured tales as well.
  • Historical Fiction – made up story set in a recognizable historical time period
  • Horror/Scary – intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers
  • Magical Realism – elements of the fantastic which break or creep into an otherwise realistic world
  • Mystery – plot is the key element with the protagonist seeking an answer to a crime or a mysterious event
  • Nonfiction, Non-fiction, Informational Text – based on facts, real events, and real people
  • Poetry – a style of writing that uses a formal organization and that is often divided up into lines or stanzas, or it refers to something beautiful
  • Realistic Fiction – creates imaginary characters and situations that depict our world and society. It focuses on themes of growing up and confronting personal and social problems. This genre portrays characters coming to understand themselves and others
  • Science Fiction – fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.
  • Speculative Fiction – a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements it is also an overarching genre that includes fantasy, science fiction, alternate history and more






Setting Reading Goals

29 Dec

reading goals.png2017 was a year of firsts for me – the first full year as a director, the first year I haven’t done programming (almost) every week of the year and the first year I have read fewer books than I have in the past five years that I’ve been tracking my reading on Goodreads.

I don’t usually set a reading goal for myself, because I want to keep reading for fun and not feel obligated to read just to reach a goal. I know this year that I have a few goals that I plan on setting for myself to accomplish in 2018 and reading is involved in some of them – because, let’s be honest, if it wasn’t, then it wouldn’t be a goal for me. But, I’m not setting a goal to reach a specific number of titles read this year.

I’m hoping to branch out a little more into YA and read a few titles that I wouldn’t normally pick up as well as try to grab a couple of new titles in middle grade fantasy and science fiction. I’ve also missed a few chapter book titles for young elementary school age kids, so I’m hoping to dive into some of those things as well. I plan on starting my year, grabbing a hold of any last minute titles that Mock Newbery groups are talking about that I haven’t read – and this year I’ll have a couple of extra weeks as the ALA Youth Media Awards aren’t being announced until February 12!

What are your reading goals for 2018?


4 Oct

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few posts with the hashtag #mgbooktober. Celebrate with me as people around the world share their favorite middle grade titles during the month of October. It’s not too late to start, so check the chart below, share the cover of a book (or just title and author) that fits the category for each day and don’t forget to add the hashtag #mgbooktober, and if you’re bold add #mglit and #ILoveMG to share even wider! And while, you’re at it, tag the author, illustrator, or publisher to stretch your reach even farther. And one, last thing – like and share other people’s posts as well! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – I’m expecting to add a lot of titles to my TBR list this month!


Authors Who Write for Adults & Kids

30 Jun


A number of authors dabble in different genres, but not as many attempt to write for both adults and children – it’s not easy! A book written for middle grade readers is going to sound differently than something written for teens which will also be different from something written for adults. But, authors do it all the time, some better than others, but I thought you might like to see a few authors that can cross the age brackets to write very different books for very different audiences. I could only fit a few authors on my fun graphic, but don’t forget others like James Patterson, John Grisham, Madeleine L’Engle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson, Kelly Armstrong and so many others. Spend some time trying out these authors’ work and see what you think – can they write for both adults and kids? Or should they stick to one age group?

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

25 Apr
  1. Poetry
    Although I have enjoyed novels in verse, reading poetry is something that I can’t seem to get into… I’m a quick reader and I think the subtle nuance of poetry is often lost on me.
  2. Horror
    Although I love thrillers, I can’t stand to be scared, especially if I’m home alone. I don’t like scary movies, haunted houses, etc. It’s probably because it makes me feel like I’m not in control and I don’t like it.
  3. High Fantasy
    When a book has a map and a glossary of vocabulary in the back, it tends to disinterest me really fast – Lord of the Rings, not for me!
  4. Classics
    I never enjoyed reading the classics in high school and even the few I’ve picked up since, I just don’t seem to enjoy too much.
  5. Plays
    I could never understand why we were required to read Shakespeare in school, it’s a play, shouldn’t it be watched? And before everyone starts explaining, I know the language and format are important to understand, but I’d much rather watch a show than read it.
  6. Graphic Novels
    A genre that I want to love, but just really don’t enjoy reading too much. I always feel like I’m not getting enough out of the story, probably because I do read very quickly and the illustrations almost get in my way.
  7. Autobiographies/Biographies
    I don’t have anything against autobiographies and biographies, it’s just not a genre that I’ll pick up for fun, unless I’ve gotten a recommendation for something specific.
  8. Adult books
    I know this is a vast majority of books, but as a (former) children’s librarian I focused a lot of my time on middle grade and young adult literature and I feel like that is stuff I really enjoy. I’ll read adult material, but it’s not usually my go-to.
  9. Short Stories
    I feel like just when I’m getting to know the story, it’s over.

There are always exceptions to the rule and I’m totally using an exception right now, as I could only come up with a Top Nine Tuesday instead of a Top Ten list. I’m more than willing to try pretty much anything, especially if I get a review from a friend or colleague. What types of books are on your Not Reading List?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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