When it comes to reading, even young children can exhibit preferences as to the genres of books they like or dislike. Whether it’s stories about princesses or dinosaurs, fantastical worlds, or real historical events, all parents are happy to see their children reading.
If your child consistently reads books in the same genre, they may benefit from expanding their reading material. They just might be surprised to find they enjoy non-fiction, poetry, biographies, mysteries, or more.
While young children are most familiar with fiction and its subgenres, they may know more genres than they think such as:
• Fairy tale
• Folk tale
• Historical fiction
• Nursery rhymes
• Personal narrative
• Science fiction
Because many genres overlap, books rarely fall into just one category. By reading books in more than one genre, they can begin to appreciate, understand, and analyze what they read!
Introducing different genres
If your child has a favorite genre of books, they may be hesitant to branch out and read new things. The following tips can help you introduce your child, no matter their age, to different book genres.
1. Discuss the genres they already know. Have children think about their favorite books and stories and the genres they fit in to. They might be surprised to find they like more genres than they think!
2. Learn how books are categorized. Visit your local library to learn about how books are categorized.
3. Study a new genre each month. Try to check out new books in a specific genre each month. Read and discuss their similarities, differences, and how they compare to other genres.
4. Chart what you read. Practice math concepts by graphing or charting the number of books in each genre your family reads.
5. Play genre bingo. Make a bingo board and fill the squares with different genres. With each book your child reads, let them cover or fill the corresponding genre square. When they get bingo, treat them to a new book!