What is a literary genre?

What is a literary genrecreated by: Elsa Perales
gen-re  [jän-rə] n.  a kind, or type, as of works of literature, art or popular fiction

Synonyms: description, sort, kind, like, type, variety


Books are categorized by being either fiction or nonfiction, which are the most well known genres.  The table below provides examples of other subgenres you will likely find in your school library.

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Image of Charlotte's Web Book
FICTION

Fictional books have stories that are not real.

Charlotte's Web

by E.B. White



Image of a Fiction Book
FICTION
Stories which are not real, they are imagined or made up



Image of a Fantasy Book
FANTASY
A fiction story where there is a struggle between good and evil. Often times, there is magic. The characters do things that couldn't happen in real life.
     

Image of Charlottes Web Book  
FICTION

Fictional books have stories that are not real.

Charlotte's Web

by E.B. White



Image of a Fiction Book
FICTION
Stories which are not real, they are imagined or made up



Image of a Fantasy Book
FANTASY
A fiction story where there is a struggle between good and evil. Often times, there is magic. The characters do things that couldn't happen in real life.

Image of a Fairy Tales Book
FAIRY TALES
The characters are make believe. There may be magic. They often begin with "Once upon a time" and end with "happily ever after." Good usually versus evil.
Image of John F. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHIES
A book of true stories about the life of a person. The author is a different person than the book is written about. The book describes how the person affected others.

Image of a Historical Fiction Book
HISTORICAL FICTION
Some characters may be real and others fictional. The story takes place during a period in history. Real events from history are mixed with fictional events. Characters may speak in a way that represents the time period.


Image of a Science Fiction Book
SCIENCE FICTION
These stories are written with future ideas such as space travel and new technology. The characters are fictional and a problem is usually solved using science.
Image of a Poetry Book
POETRY
It usually touches your feelings. It may or may not be written with rhymes.
Image of a Realistic Fiction Book
REALISTIC FICTION
The characters behave in realistic ways. There is usually a problem or conflict to be solve. The setting is in modern times.

Image of a Mystery Book
MYSTERY
The characters are usually fictional but behave in realistic ways. There is a problem that needs to be solved. Clues are used by characters to find a solution to the mystery.
Image of a Fables Book
FABLES
Short stories with animal characters that act like humans. There is a lesson or moral to be learned from each story.
Image of a Reference Book
REFERENCE
These books provide true facts and information. Some examples include: dictionary, almanac, atlas, thesaurus and encyclopedia.

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