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Books have the power to whisk us away from our lives for awhile. Whether you’re traveling back in time to see what life was like in a different era or being swept away in a fantasy where the world is new and exciting, a good book can open your mind in many ways. Everyone has a favorite genre, and those favorites begin to emerge during childhood. Middle readers start to see a new variety, and the choices and genres grow and expand as they exit picture books and early readers and enter into chapter books. Readers ages 6 and up will start to see more choices, and themes can range anywhere from mystery to fantasy. Here are some genres and popular children's books to explore for early chapter to middle grade readers and up:

  • Contemporary realistic fiction features stories set in the present and are about people, animals and places that could (but don’t) actually exist. They often portray subjects and experiences people are currently dealing with. Some popular realistic fiction books are Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Counting by 7s, Bridge to Terabithia and Holes.

  • Historical fiction is set in a different time and blended with a fictional story that may actually feature real historical people. Some popular historical fiction books are One Crazy Summer, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Little House on the Prairie and A Long Walk to Water.

  • Biography tells the story of someone’s life. The story can span the person’s entire life, or a portion of it that had great significance. Some popular biographies are Unbroken (the young adult adaptation), Who Was Albert Einstein?, Brown Girl Dreaming and Helen Keller.

  • Fantasy has everything to do with settings, events, characters, and stories that are fantastical. This means you probably won’t encounter the situations in real life. Some popular fantasy books are Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ella Enchanted, Matilda, Eragon and Alice in Wonderland.

  • Science fiction is also thought of as futuristic fiction. The themes in these books revolve around stories that embrace scientific principles, and the possibilities that science creates. Some popular science fiction books are Cryptid Hunters, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, A Wrinkle in Time, Found, City of Ember and Eager.

A Journey into Historical Fiction

My books explore a specific time in history, but also include adventure and mystery. The wonderful thing about books is the ability to intertwine many themes and genres. While being caught up in an engaging story, like the ones in Sinister Summer, Wild Winter, Ferocious Fall, and Scary Spring, you can also learn about life in the 1950s, and try to solve the mystery before it’s revealed.

The best way to discover what genres you love is to read and explore the endless literature and popular children's books available. You can order my historical fiction book set here.


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