Book Categories for Children

When children begin to read independently, where in our collection should they be looking for books? Often in more than one category at a time. As young readers become better and better at reading alone, remember the power of reading aloud and using books as a shared experience. Older siblings can read books to younger siblings; kids can read to pets; you can read or listen to chapter books as a family. Just keep it fun, and let us know when you need some new recommendations or a tour (socially distanced!) through these different sections!

Beginning Reader

Beginning Reader books help emerging readers gain skills and confidence. These books are a comfortable size, use limited and repeating vocabulary, and have illustrations that aid in comprehension. Books in this section range from having just a few words per page to having a couple short paragraphs per page. For more details about choosing beginning reader books, see our prior blog post.


Early Chapter Book (in Juvenile Fiction)

Stepping up from beginning readers, there are many great early chapter book series in our Juvenile Fiction collection. These chapter books help readers build stamina and get accustomed to reading slightly longer books with more text and plot and, generally, fewer illustrations. Classic, modern, mystery, humor, paranormal and princesses, you can find it all in early chapter books!


Chapter Book (in Juvenile Fiction)

Chapter books with more advanced plots and vocabulary, usually including few or no illustrations, make up the bulk of our Juvenile Fiction collection. The options can get overwhelming so make sure you ask a librarian for recommendations! We can guide you to a series that will keep a voracious reader busy, a fantasy that will open a mind to other worlds, realistic or historical fiction that explores other cultures and times, spooky or sports stories…we have them all!


Juvenile Graphic Novel

Did you know that in 2020 for the first time ever a graphic novel, New Kid by Jerry Craft, won the Newbery Medal? Graphic novels are more than superhero comics, although we still have plenty of those! Graphic novels are available at all levels and across all genres. Whether a reader is learning fun facts from a book in the Science Comics series or feeling all the feels with one of Raina Telgemeier’s popular titles, rest assured that reading graphic novels is still reading.


Juvenile Nonfiction and Biography

Our Juvenile Nonfiction and Biography sections are home to wonderful books on a huge variety of topics at all different reading levels. Whether you’re looking for facts, figures and photographs or a narrative that brings a person or event to life through a story, you’ll find both in this section.


We enjoy providing reading recommendations and helping young readers find the category or author that’s right them, whether in our physical collections at the Library or available for download for free through OverDrive/Libby or Hoopla. Just stop by our Youth Services Desk the next time you’re at the Library, or call or email us for suggestions.

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