Is Your Book Children's Literature?


Children's Literature covers a wide variety of subgenres, each for a very specific audience. Since this is one of the questions we ask in our submission guidelines, this guide will help you determine which subgenre your manuscript belongs to.

Picture Books are for very young or beginning readers, or books with mostly pictures and a small amount of text. Some examples of popular picture books are the Dr. Suess books or "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.

Chapter Books are books for readers at the elementary-school reading level, such as Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones books.

Middle Grade Books are books for readers ages 9-12. Examples are "Rules" by Cynthia Lord and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books by Jeff Kinney.

Young Adult Books are books for readers ages 13 and up, though many adults enjoy these books as well. Examples are the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, or "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys.

Middle grade and young adult books can also fit into traditional genres, such as romance, mystery, fantasy, realistic, or almost any other genre you can think of.