Book Genres

  • Genre: Category of a book. Book genres are genreally divided into fiction and nonfiction although some genres can be found in both categories. Knowing the genre of a book before you start reading can help you comprehend the book as you read it. For example, looking at the cover of a book may give you an illustration and title to think about. It may provide clues as to whether the book is fiction or nonfiction.
     
    Strategies to tell the genre of a book:
    Look at the illustrations on the cover.
    Read the title.
    Read the summary on the inside, back or cover of the book.
    Flip through the book. Do you see any nonfiction characteristics such as a heading or original photographs?
    Look at the table of contents or index. What type of information do you see there?
    Read the first few lines of the text.
    Where is the book located in the library?Look atthe call number to tell if it is fiction or nonfiction. (Fiction books have all letters, nonfiction books contain numbers.)

    Fiction Genre    

    Reading genres are divided into fiction and nonfiction although some genrescan be found in both. Fiction genres are fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction and mystery.

    Click on a genre below to see some of the books that we have in our library that are recommended for you to read:

    Fantasy: These stories can occur during any time period. They are imaginative tales that contain elements and story lines that cannot be true. Stories may be based on animals that talk, mythical beings, the supernatural, magical powers or a combination of these elements. These are normally chapter books.

    Historical Fiction: These books are written to portray a specific time period or historical event. The characters may be real, based on real people, or make up. They show the character playing an important roll in history.

    Science Fiction: These books blend futuristic technology with scientific fact and fiction. They are often set in the future, out in space or in a different world, universe or dimension.

    Realistic Fiction: These are books based on current, real-world situations. These books normally feature children as the main characters and allow the reader to experience different settings, cultures and situations. The book will present a problem or challenge and then show how the person solves that problem. These types of stories involve events that could happen.

    Mystery: These type of book is a suspenseful story about a crime or a strange or puzzling event. They are usually centered around a person who either investigates the unusual event or has to obtain some secret information. These types of stories are usually solved at the end of the book.

    Nonfiction Genre

    Reading genres are divided into fiction and nonfiction although some genres can be found in both. Nonfiction genres are: autobiographies, biographies, poems and drama, informational and traditional literature. Traditional literature includes folk tales, fairy tales, myths, legends and fables.

    Click on a genre below to see some of the books that we have in our library that are recommended for you to read:
    Autobiographies: A book based on the life of a person and written by that person.

    Biographies: A book based on the life of a person and written by someone other than the person the book is about.

    Poems and drama: Poems and drama use verse, prose, rhythm, rhyme, symbolism, analogies and metaphors. The simple language used in some poems and drama can be appreciated by all age levels regardless of abilities.

    Informational: A book that is written to help readers lean more about real things.

    Traditional literature: Stories that are passed down from generation to generation. These stories may change slowly over time. Below is a description of each type of traditional literature.

    Folk tales: These books feature common people and events. There is usually a make-believe element such as a talking animal but they come across as logical or realistic. Folk tales often seek to explain things about life, nature or humans.

    Fairy tales: These are filled with magic and magical forces. These stories usually have a "happily ever after" ending in which good is rewarded and evil is punished.

    Myths: Myths attempt to explain the beginning of the world, natural phenomena, the relationships between the gods and humans, and the origins of man. Myths are told as though they were true.

    Legends: Books based on history. The stories are embellished. The facts and adventures of the person are exaggerated, making the person famous for their actions. These types of stories are told as though they were true.

    Fables: The are usually short stories with a moral to them. These type of stories are credited to Aesop who told tales of animals that teach life lessons.