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Young Adult Books 101


What is a Young Adult Book?

  • Fiction and nonfiction for ages 12 and up or 14 and up. Books tend to be 150 pages or longer. Manuscripts are generally 40,000 words and higher.
  • Fiction can be any genre. Some of the most popular are fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, cyber punk,

Picture Books 101


What is a Picture Book?

  • Illustrated stories and nonfiction for children ages 3-6, or 4-8.**     Designed to be read out loud to a child.


  • Text averages 1000 words or less (500-800 words is most common); books average 32 pages.


  • The text focuses on the characters, plot and action of the book. Very

Middle Grade Books 101


What is a Book for Middle Graders?

  • Novels or nonfiction for ages 8-12 or 10-14. Lengths can vary from 84-200 pages (novels are usually over 100 pages long), or 20,000-40,000 words. Illustrated nonfiction may have fewer words.
  • Characters are children ages 9-14 (average character in middle grade

Easy Readers 101

What is an Easy Reader?


  • For readers kindergarten through second or third grade.


  • Designed to be read by children just learning to read on their own.


  • Books can be 32-64 pages long, fiction or nonfiction, with texts ranging from about 50 words up to 2000 words.


Chapter Books 101

What is a Chapter Book?


  • Called “transitional books” (ages 6-9), or “chapter books” (ages 7-10), these short novels are broken into chapters that average 3-5 pages each.


  • Books range from 64-96 pages; manuscripts average 6000-15,000 words (transitional books being on the shorter end).


  • Characters can be animals, fantasy creatures or

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