Genres of Children's Literature (Traditional Literature (Legends:…
Genres of Children's Literature
A genre is a group of books with common attributes.
Mother Goose stories.
Stories made up by an author.
Includes magic or events that have not happened in real life.
High fantasy: Stories like Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia, Stories set in another world that include magic or supernatural elements
Low fantasy: Realistic story with magic elements.
Types of Fantasy Stories: Princess Academy, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Science fiction: Set within the realm of possibility; futuristic. These books includes no elements of magic.
A fictional story set up in the past and sometimes includes real historical events or figures.
Also known as contemporary realism. These are stories set in contemporary times and feature events and problems which could occur in real life.
Credible characters and settings
Plot reflects a real life issue that can be understood by children.
The theme relates to contemporary social issues.
Includes topics like friendship, family, growing up, animals, disability, and foster homes.
These types of books convey information about real people and the real world.
Literature that features diverse people.
Some ways of diversity are race, nationality, gender, social class, religion, language, and sexual orientation.
Types of multicultural literature include global literature, international literature, and translated literature.
Global literature: Books that depict other countries.
International literature: Books originally published in another country.
Translated literature: Books originally published in another language, then translated to English.
Stories passed down through generations.
Original told by word-of-mouth.
These stories tell a culture's history and convey a culture's values. They are usually told for entertainment.
Myths: Explain why or how. These books include supernatural characters and people with special powers.
Legends: Stories of a culture's heroes or leaders.
Tall Tales: Paul Bunyon, Stories or people who perform impossible feats.
Realistic tales: Stories based on fact.
Folktales are stories that tell universal truths.
Trickster Tales: These stories include a clever main character who outsmarts the others.
Noodlehad stories are funny stories about silly main characters.