There was an alluring beauty in storms. They raged and howled, caused destruction. Yet, it was mesmerizing to watch. My eyelids grew heavy, the storm's lullaby making me sleepy. A flash if light and loud crack couldn't disturb my peace. I set my drink aside and tucked a hand under my chin. Gently, I drifted away.
Choosing your Age group
Guest post by Stephanie Faris
Thanks to the huge success of the Harry Potter and Twilight series, the market for children’s books has exploded in the past decade or so. This has increased the segmentation, with publishers targeting more specific age groups than ever. Here are the types of children’s books and the ages they target.
Everyone knows this one. Picture books are the beginning of reading for children, often read by parents at bedtime. As children get slightly older, they can begin reading these books themselves, since they have very few words, large text, and plenty of pictures. Picture books can vary in readability, but they’re generally marketed to parents of children between the ages of four and eight.
Chapter books are wordier than picture books, but they still have fewer pages, with large text and illustrations. Younger chapter books cater to chapter book readers who are ready to move up to the next level early, often six to eight. Older chapter books are generally targeted to those between the ages of seven and nine and tackle slightly more complex subjects than the younger chapter books. All chapter books are on the “sweet and innocent” side, though.
Tweens are an interesting age group, stuck between the Junie B. Jones-style books and young adult, which is geared toward teens. Middle grade books target this age group, generally falling within the eight to twelve age range. Some books can appeal to older readers within this age group, while some early middle grade books may be better suited to the eight- and nine-year-olds. Children tend to become slightly more sophisticated in their reading tastes at this age, although the content is still on the G side. Still, even with this in mind, middle grade novels in recent years have begun to tackle serious issues like same-sex crushes and mental illness.
Young adult is the one children’s genre that appeals to adult readers as well as those in their teens. Some of the best books in recent years have been within the YA genre, so it’s no surprise that these books are so popular. Young adult books are marked appropriate for those ages 12 and up, so the market is wide open. You’ll see everything from sweet romances to intense books about teens dealing with drugs, mental illness, sexual assault, and more.
When adults pick out a book to read, they simply have to find a genre they enjoy and choose a book from that group. For children, though, selecting books can be much more complicated. In addition to genre, they have categories based on age groups. Fortunately, many children have access to school libraries where they can look at books on shelves and peek inside the cover of every book they consider to find those that are most readable for them.
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About the Author
Stephanie Faris is the author of the middle grade books 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the Piper Morgan chapter book series. An accomplished freelance writer, her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, The Writer, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and The Week, among many others.