7 Different Types of Children’s Books

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7 Different Types of Children's Books

There are many different types of children’s books. If your child is a reluctant reader, why not try graphic novels, non-fiction books or magazines. A new format could be the very thing they need to develop more interest in reading. 

Having magazines, brochures, leaflets, etc around the home or the classroom provides children with greater access to reading material and more opportunities for reading. Exposure to varied text is important as they each type develops different skills. Read on for more about the benefits of 7 different types of children’s books.

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Board Books

Board books are written for infants and toddlers. Made from durable materials little hands or mouths can’t do too much damage! The content of board books includes basic concepts and stories or simplified versions of picture books. They are great for introducing different concepts to babies and toddlers.

Picture Books

Picture books are a valuable experience for anyone of any age. They may seem like they are only for young children, but many have powerful messages for anyone to appreciate. Illustrations are, of course, integral to the story. If picture books are read aloud the listener can absorb the message of the story through the pictures.
The many benefits to picture books include:
  • introducing the concept of reading and increasing vocabulary. Illustrations support defining unknown words.
  • encouraging conversation and comprehension skills.
  • strengthening visual and critical thinking skills. Picture books help children connect their observations with their thought process.
  • introducing art appreciation through the illustrations.
  • building self-confidence as the reader has control over the pacing, including stopping to look at the illustrations, revisiting previous pages and pausing for questions.
  • introducing complex or difficult concepts in a safe environment. There is probably a picture books written about any topic you can imagine!
  • encouraging a love and joy of reading!!

Beginning Chapter Books

Easy readers or beginning chapter books are specifically formatted for emerging independent readers. These books have illustrations, supported by carefully chosen text. The also introduce children to a range of genres seen in chapter books and develop patience as they can’t always be read in one session.
Beginning chapter books ease the transition to chapter books with:
  • increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structure
  • lengthier texts broken into easy-to-digest chapters
  • illustrations that add detail and help to hold interest.

Chapter Books

As children become confident, independent readers they move onto chapter books. These books have few or no illustrations. The choice of books and genres grows significantly from the easy reader books. They will also have more complex themes and vocabulary which makes comprehension crucial not just reading ability.

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels promote literacy and improve self-esteem. Some children find traditional chapter books frustrating to comprehend. The graphic novel format gives children confidence while increasing their reading and language skills. Finishing and enjoying a graphic novel can lead to a sense of accomplishment for a reluctant reader. 
The format of graphic novels helps:
  • those struggling with language acquisition or English-language learners to acquire new vocabulary and increase English proficiency.
  • improve reading pace as the reader can slow down to look at the images alongside the text to better comprehension.
  • develop critical reading skills as illustrations provide contextual clues to the meaning of the written narrative. The reader engages in process of decoding and comprehending a range of literary devices, including narrative structures, metaphor and symbolism, point of view, alliteration, inference and the use of puns.
  • support visual learners analyse facial and bodily expressions, comprehend meaning and foreshadowing from the pictures’ composition and viewpoint. They provide the reader with clues to emotional context they might miss when reading unillustrated text.

Non Fiction

Non-fiction books help children gain knowledge and understand of the world around them. Whether you are in your local library or bookshop, give your child the opportunity to independently choose a book. It doesn’t matter if the book is too long or complex. Non-fiction books don’t have to be read from cover to cover. Focus on what your child is interested in, look at the images, read the labels and quick facts, discuss how to use an index or contents page. You will also find joke books, fairy tales, folklore and poetry in the non-fiction section.
Non-fiction books:
  • Strengthen vocabulary and literacy knowledge. Informational text build word knowledge and visual literacy through reading diagrams, tables, labels etc.
  • Support success through their academic life by reading to learn. Children face more complex non-fiction texts as they move through their schooling and into university.
  • Prepare children to handle real-life reading by being able to read and write informational texts.
  • Appeal to personal preferences as some children simply prefer information text.
  • Support reading for a purpose. When the topic interests them and they choose a related book, their reading is likely to improve. Reading that answers their real questions leads to higher achievement and motivation.


Magazines are colourful and inviting so more likely to engage reluctant readers, especially as they can flip between numerous and short articles. There is a huge choice of magazines for children of all ages with different reading levels and interests. This variety educates and entertains, often holding the reader’s attention and firing up their imagination. Another great advantage to magazines is that they arrive in the shops or through the letterbox periodically. This leads to familiarity with the magazine, its layout and themes, making them familiar and self-esteem building.

If you are still thinking of what to get someone for Christmas a magazine subscription may be the perfect gift. 

These magazine covers give you some idea of the types of magazines for children. If you follow the Amazon link you can order subscriptions straight to your door.

The two magazine companies below are from the UK. They also offer magazine subscriptions for any age and interest.

Do you find students in your class gravitate towards a certain type of reading material? If so, how do you cater for their reading preferences? Let me know in the comments below. It would be great to have a selection of recommended books to choose from when I update this post.

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