Genres in Children's Literature


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Genre is defined as the _____ of a book.

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1. Contemporary fiction is best defined as which of the following?

2. This genre features fictional characters and events but may use imagined or real scientific principles.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although early children's literature often presented stories that focused on morals and manners, today kids have almost as many choices as adults when it comes to the types of books they want to read. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand some of the most popular genres in children's literature and the types of subjects included in each category.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Stories that allow children to identify with the characters
  • Definition of genre
  • Children's literature that reflects a culture and its values
  • Fictional stories that are often about the future
  • Children's literature that highlights emotions

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the different genres in children's literature
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast children's books set in the present and books that present time-tested stories that have become part of a literary culture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to describe different genres of children's literature and their unique appeal to kids

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, Genres in Children's Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the range of categories available in children's literature
  • Explain how different genres engage young readers
  • List some of the popular types of books for children
  • Describe the types of non-fiction written for children