A genre is a category of literature which is defined by the pattern or structure of a literary work. Each genre contains universal elements of form and content. Generally there are two main sub-categories: fiction and non-fiction.
According to Galda, Cullinan & Swipe in their 2010 book, Literature and the Child the following constitute the genres in children's and young adult literature:
Genres in Children's and Young Adult Literature
Are considered a format and not a genre. They are a format in which art and text are interdependent. All genres appear in picture books.
|Poetry and Verse||Condensed language, expression of imaginative thoughts and perceptions, often containing rhythm and other devices of sound, imagery, and figurative language.|
|Folklore||Traditional stories, myths, legends, nursery rhymes, and songs from the past. Oral tradition with no known author, passed on from generation to generation.|
|Fantasy||Stories set in places that do not exist, about people and creatures that could not exist or events that could not happen. Make-believe and imaginative worlds.|
|Based on extending physical laws and scientific principles to their logical outcomes, usually futuristic. Describes worlds that are plausible and could exist someday.|
|Contemporary Realistic Fiction||Stories could happen in the real world; characters seem real; contemporary setting.|
|Historical Fiction||Stories reconstruct life in the past, using realistic actual and fictional characters, events and historical setting.|
|Biography||An account of a person's life, or part of a life history by someone else or the person him or herself. Includes, autobiographies, memoirs, letters, diaries, journals.|
|Nonfiction||Informational books that explain a subject or concept using facts about the real world.|
To search for children's or young adult books by genre do a keyword search using the name of the genre and either 'children's or 'young adult'.
For example to locate a children's or young adult science fiction books do one of these keyword searches:
science fiction childrens
science fiction young adult