What is GENRE?Particular class or type of book. Two of thebroadest genres are FICTION and NON-FICTION.Even both of these can be broken downfurther.
Non-FictionThese are broken down by the DeweyDecimal System into different categories.There are also some of the different genresthat will be located in the non-ﬁction sectionjust because of the way they DDS works.
FictionMany different types that aren’t necessarilybroken into “sections” in a library like theywould be in a book store.
Picture Books/Picture Story BooksChildren’s story booksthat provide a “visual”experience. Truepicture books have lesswords / story, whilepicture story bookshave a story withillustrations thatcompliment the story.
Traditional LiteratureMany of these will be found in the 398.2non-ﬁction section of a library.
Traditional LiteratureFolktales - feature “commonfolks” such as peasants.Some make-believe elementslike talking animals. Seekto explain things aboutreal-life.Fairy Tales - “magic stories”ﬁlled with dream-likepossibilities. Featuremagical and enchantedforces, but has “happily-ever-after” ending.
Traditional Literature Fables - short stories, in verse or prose, with a moral ending. Credited to Aesop, who told tales of animals and other inanimate objects that teach lessons about life. Legends - Based in history, these stories embellish the life of a real person. Facts & adventures of the person are exaggerated.
Traditional LiteratureMyths - portraythemselves as representinga distant past. Containcommon themes andcharacters, often “gods”.Attempt to explainbeginning of word, naturalphenomena, relationshipsbetween gods & humans.
Historical Fiction Written to portray a time period or convey information about a speciﬁc time period or historical event. Much/most of the incidents do occur, but the characters in the story don’t really exist.
Modern FantasyDon’t say when theyoccur. Could be in thepast, could be in thepresent. Readers mustaccept elements andstory lines that can’tbe true. Can havetalking animals, scienceﬁction, supernatural,or horror.
Realistic Fiction Written for today’s youth. Contain real- world situations set in today’s world. Stuff could happen, but characters aren’t real.
BiographyForm of non-ﬁctionthat is based on thelife of a real person.Autobiography meansthat it was writtenby the person thatit’s about.
Poetry & Drama In the 800 section of the non-ﬁction books. Introduces children to verse, prose, rhythm, rhyme, writing styles, literary devices, symbolism, analogies, & metaphors.
Wrap Up!Write THREE genres that you like to read.Write TWO genres that you’d like to try.Write your favorite genre.