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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.

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Children's literature will often include Slice of Life (most commonly 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.

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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