Genres and read alouds

Children’s and YA literature is rich and diverse, spanning multiple styles and genre. Increase your knowledge and understanding of genres, find resources and explore strategies for increasing your students’ reading enjoyment.


With wordplay, humour and fresh insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, children’s poetry captures emotions and confronts serious issues. Its licence introduces children to language, entertains and offers subversive delights.

Graphic novels

Graphic novels tell a story using a comic book style –‘sequential illustrations’. Unlike comic books though, they are published in book format and usually tell a story to the end.


Non-fiction is an account about a subject, which the author believes is fact at the time of writing. Great non-fiction delights and excites our curiosity, but also leaves us with a reflective sense of wonder.

Young adult fiction

Young adult (YA) fiction ranges across themes and styles. The definition of YA differs across organisations, beginning at ages 11 to 13 up until about 18- 21 years old. Many storylines deal with social and personal issues teenagers identify with.

Young fiction

Young fiction spans the divide between picture books and novels. A critical stage in a child's reading development comes when they are ready to move on from picture books into more 'grown up' texts they can read for themselves.