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About the Book Categories

These designations will help you find the types of books you like. Many books fall into several categories, and therefore will show up on several lists.

Adventure

Stories with lots of action, drama, and danger, often set in exotic locations, possibly including ocean voyages or wars

Biography

The story of someone's life, probably embellished and "fictionalized"

Childhood fantasy

Highly imaginative books often including animals in unrealistic situations

Classical/myth

Stories of Greek, Roman, or other mythology

Dog

Realistic stories with dogs as the subject

Domestic

Stories whose action centers around home and family life

Fantasy

Tales often including magic, imaginary creatures, and lots of adventure; often medieval-type settings

Fable

A story, usually with animals, that serves to explain something or teach a lesson

Fairy tale

The classic fairy stories (Grimm, Andersen) plus more modern compositions in the same style (George MacDonald)

Historical

Books about a historical event, a historical person, or set in a particular historical period and containing lots of colorful background about that time and place; usually embellished or "fictionalized"

Horse

Realistic stories with horses as the subject

Humor

Literary classic

Mystery

Nature

Other Animals

Realistic stories with the action centering on animals other than (or in addition to) dogs or horses

Picture Books

Generally highly illustrated books designed to be read aloud to younger children, though there can be a wide range of sophistication in the language and story. Some may also serve as first books for beginning readers.

Science fiction

Stories of space or the future; often overlaps with fantasy though superficially more realistic

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