Children’s Books

Board Book

A board book is a type of book published on a hard cardboard. This cardboard is used for the cover as well as the pages. The books are intended for small children to use and play with. Information found at: To find board books at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Board Book Video.

Picture Book

A picture book is a popular form of illustrated literature—more precisely, a book with comparatively few words and at least one picture on each of its openings—popularized in the 20th century Western world. Some picture books are also written with older children in mind, developing themes or topics that are appropriate for children even into early adolescence.Early childhood picture books:Concept books (alphabet, counting, general) ;Pattern books ; and Wordless books.Information found at: book. To find picture book at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Picture Book Video.

Easy Reader

An easy reader book is geared towards children who are just beginning to read. The suggested age range normally varies from kindergarten to third grade, depending on the complexity of the story and the ability of the new reader. Easy reader books are available in many different topics, from animals to transportation. Information found at: To find easy readers at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Easy Reader Video

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile fiction books are also referred to as “chapter” books. A chapter book is a story book intended for intermediate readers, generally age 7-10. Unlike picture books for younger readers, a chapter book tells the story primarily through prose, rather than pictures.Types include:Fantasy; Contemporary realistic fiction; and Historical realistic fiction. Information found at: http:// To find juvenile fiction at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Juvenile Fiction Video

Juvenile Non-Fiction

Juvenile non-fiction books also called Children’s non-fiction literature (also called informational) is the meeting of the genres children’s literature and non-fiction. Its primary function is to describe, inform, explain, persuade, and instruct about aspects of the real world, but much non-fiction also entertains.

Types include: Myths, fables and fairy tales; biography and autobiography; informational, sports, animals, and historical books; and poetry and verse. Information found at:’s non-fiction literature. To find juvenile non-fiction at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Juvenile Non-fiction Video.

Juvenile Magazines

Juvenile magazines are publications directed at children, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, or both.  Information found at: http:// To find juvenile magazines at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Juvenile Magazine Video.

Young Adult Books

Young-adult fiction, whether in the form of novels or short stories, has distinct attributes that distinguish it from the other age categories of fiction: adult fiction and children’s fiction. The vast majority of YA stories portray an adolescent as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. Information found at: literature. To find young adult books at the Roanoke Public Library watch: Young Adult Book Video.

Created by Celia Bandelier on July 11, 2008.