Picture books use illustrations, with or without text, to convey stories, which delight and engage children visually, orally and textually.
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.
Bringing authors, illustrators and readers together is a wonderful way to discover books. It also gives students insights into the complexities of writing, illustrating and publishing books.
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.
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 (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 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.