Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Green Valley Elementary School Library: Genres

The Online Home of Your GV Library

What are Literary Genres?

  DIVE INTO GENRES 

Want to Learn More about Genres?

MYSTERY

MYSTERY

  • The story has a secret or puzzle to solve using clues.
  • The characters might be detective or even spies.
  • The author writes to entertain you.
  • There will be clues along the way to help you solve the mystery with the characters.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Cam Jansen series
    • Nate the Great series
    • The Boxcar Children series
    • Ballpark Mysteries series
    • A to Z and Calendar Mysteries series
    • Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series

HISTORICAL FICTION

HISTORICAL FICTION

  • A fiction story that takes place in a real time in history (in the past).
  • The author wants to entertain you and inform you about the past.
  • Most of the characters are fictional (imaginary), but some of the characters might be real people from history.
  • The setting is a real time in history.
  • Some events in the story are based on real times in history, but some of the events are fictional.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Some Magic Tree House books - like Thanksgiving on Thursday and Tonight on the Titanic
    • Abe Lincoln's Hat
    • I Survived and Survivors series
    • Number the Stars

FAIRY TALES or FOLK TALES

FAIRY TALES

  • Fairy Tales are classic stories that sometimes have magical creatures.
  • The author writes to entertain you.
  • They could begin with works like "Once Upon a Time..." or "Long, long ago..."
  • Sometimes, the characters are royalty - kings, queens, princes, princesses
  • There are usually good and evil characters.  
  • In the end of the story, good wins over evil.

 

FOLK TALES

  • Folk Tales are stories that are old and from long ago.  
  • The author writes to entertain you.
  • These stories were once told or spoken aloud by people.  Over the years, people have told and retold these stories.
  • The characters can have magical powers.
  • The characters have a problem to solve.
  • These stories usually try to teach you a lesson about good and evil or how to be a good person.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
    • One Grain of Rice
    • Tony's Bread

*Find these books in the 398.2 section of the nonfiction books in our library.

SCARY or HORROR FICTION

SCARY or HORROR FICTION

  • The story is written in a suspenseful and spooky style.
  • The characters can be realistic or fantasy, like vampires, zombies, and mummies.
  • The author writes to entertain you, specifically to make you feel scared.
  • The setting can be realistic or fantasy, as long as it is dark or spooky and helps to makes the story scary.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • The Last Kids on Earth series
    • Eerie Elementary series
    • Goosebumps series
    • Books by Mary Downing Hahn

BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

  • A nonfiction book that tells the story of a real person's life.
  • The author wants to inform you.  If the author is the person, the book is called an autobiography.
  • It gives facts about the person's life.
  • The setting is when the person was living.
  • The author has done research to find facts about the person's life.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Who Was and Who Is books
    • The Story of Ruby Bridges
    • Find these books in the Biography section of the library.

NONFICTION or INFORMATIONAL

NON-FICTION or INFORMATIONAL

  • Non-fiction books are written to share facts about a topic.
  • The author writes to inform you, but could also want to entertain you.
  • Non-fiction can be:
    • Narrative - told like a story
    • Expository - giving facts about a topic
    • Procedural - a HOW TO book to teach the steps to do something
  • Non-fiction books have text features:
    • Table of Contents
    • Headings
    • Captions
    • Diagrams and labels
    • Maps, tables, illustrations, photos
    • Bold Words and Glossary
    • Index
  • Find these books in the nonfiction section of the library - use the DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM.

POETRY, JOKES, and RIDDLES

POETRY

  • Poetry books have words that make you think about your feelings and make pictures in your mind of the the author's words.
  • The author writes to entertain you.
  • Sometimes poetry uses rhyming words.
  • Poetry usually has a rhythm as you read it.
  • Find Poetry books in the 811 section of the nonfiction books in our library.
  • EXAMPLE:
    • A Light in the Attic 
    • Something Big Has Been Here
    • It's Raining Pigs and Noodles

 

JOKES and RIDDLES

  • Jokes and riddles are written to entertain you.
  • Find these books in the 818 section of the nonfiction books in our library.

REALISTIC FICTION

REALISTIC FICTION

  • A story that could really happen in our present times now.
  • The characters are regular people.
  • The author wants to entertain you.
  • The setting is realistic - not magical and not from another time in history.
  • The events in the story did not really happen, but they COULD really happen.
  • EXAMPLES: 
    • A Chair for My Mother
    • Amazing Grace
    • Wonder
    • Ramona series

HUMOR or FUNNY FICTION

HUMOR or FUNNY FICTION

  • The story is written in a comical or amusing style.
  • The characters act in ways that make the reader laugh.
  • The author writes to entertain you, specifically to make you laugh.
  • The setting can be realistic or fantasy, as long as it is funny or helps to make the story funny.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • The 13 Story Treehouse series
    • My Weird School series
    • Wayside School series
    • Bink and Gollie series

Destiny Library Catalog - Green Valley

Destiny Library Catalog

Destiny Discover allows you to search for books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, and even digital media that the district provides through all 8 of the Wilson libraries.

  
 

FANTASY

FANTASY

  • A fantasy story uses magic or things that could NOT happen in real life.
  • The author writes to entertain you.
  • The setting is an imaginary place where unrealistic things can happen.
  • The characters may have special powers, like talking animals or people who can fly.
  • There is usually lots of action.
  • There is usually a battle between good and evil.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    • Many Roald Dahl books
    • Harry Potter series

ACTION or ADVENTURE

ACTION and ADVENTURE

  • Action and Adventure stories tell about exciting experiences of the characters.
  • The author writes to entertain or inform you.
  • The characters usually are on a trip, journey, or adventure.
  • There is lots of action.
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Race the Wild series
    • Disaster Strikes series
    • Key Hunters series
    • Geronimo Stilton series
    • Some Magic Tree House books

GRAPHIC NOVELS

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Graphic novels tell a story using the comic book style.
  • The author writes to entertain you.
  • Graphic novels use:
    • speech bubbles or thought bubbles
    • mostly pictures and illustrations to show the action in the story
    • panels or squares that hold the pictures and text for each scene
  • EXAMPLES:
    • Smile and Sisters
    • Bone series
    • Big Nate graphic novels series
    • Babymouse series
    • Lunch Lady series
    • Science Summer Camp Mysteries series
  • Find these books in the Graphic Novels section of our library.

Subject Guide

Profile Photo
Lisa Goehler
Contact:
Green Valley Elementary School