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Children's Literature & Media: Genres for Children's Literature

Searching the Library Catalog for children's literature and locating it in Pius Library

Genres for Children's Literature

The Library Catalog does have a search for the genre/form of a title.  However, this is a fairly recent edition to the library catalog so not all titles have a genre/form heading.

Examples of genre/form headings

  • Biographies
  • Biography
  • Children's poetry
  • Children's stories
  • Fables
  • Fairy tales
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Fiction
  • Folklore
  • Historical fiction
  • History
  • Juvenile works
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Young adult fiction

Genre Examples

SLU Library Catalog Advanced Keyword Search

Example 1

Example of a Library Catalog search for children's books with a genre of biography.

Example of search for children's books in the biography genre

Example 2

Example of a Library Catalog search for children's books with a genre of fantasy fiction.

Search for juvenile fiction as subject and genre of fantasy fiction.

Subject Headings for Chilcren's Literature

Some subject headings explained more fully on the Home tab of this guide are

  • Children's poetry
  • Fables
  • Fairy tales
  • Juvenile fiction - generally used for fiction books.
  • Juvenile literature - generally used for non-fiction books
  • Juvenile poetry
  • Picture books for children

More Genre Examples