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All good children's stories are the same: young creature breaks rules, has incredible adventure, then returns home with the knowledge that aforementioned rules are there for a reason. Of course, the actual message to the careful reader is: break rules as often as you can, because who the hell doesn't want to have an adventure?
Saga, issue 16.

Children's fiction (and, more rarely, nonfiction) is a publishing term for books aimed at readers under about 14. It is often divided into categories/formats for different ages: Picture Books for the preliterate, early reader books for children starting to read, and chapter books for those with independent reading skills. The vocabulary and content will typically be restricted to match the intended readership.

Children's literature will often include Slice of Life (most common everyday problems normal to a child), anthropomorphic animals (most often Funny Animals wearing clothing or Partially Civilized Animals), and a bit of humor. They can also include drama, historical fiction, loss, grief, and other subjects.

Oftentimes, writers of children's literature will also draw their own works to help illustrate the imaginations of young readers. See Author Illustrators.

Also see Middle Grade Literature for the 8-13 age demographic within children’s literature and Young Adult Literature, for the age group after that.

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