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Finding Fancy Books
Books written primarily for the information or entertainment of children and young adults. It includes all non-fiction, literary and artistic genres and physical formats. I use it pretty loosely here, since most of the books under this category are actually produced for adults as well – or, at the very least, are appreciated by them.
Books that are generally accepted as being exemplary or particularly noteworthy, and have stood the test of time.
The contemporary literature category includes most books published from the 1980s onwards. (What? Yes, I’m old – I do think the 1980s are still considered contemporary…)
Fairy Tales & Folklore
Books that retell or are based on fairy tales, folklore, myths and legends.
Fantasy & SciFi
Books under the umbrella of speculative fiction which draw on or combines tropes and elements from either or both science fiction (scenarios that could potentially be possible based on future science, such as time travel or space operas) and fantasy (stories of magic, gods and monsters).
Mystery fiction is a genre that usually involves a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. They are often detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle or suspense element and its logical solution such as a whodunit. Agatha Christie is the queen of crime and mystery fiction.
Books that are based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history, or reference ‘books on books’.
Poetry & Plays
Literature that makes use of aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to convey its meaning, or is intended to be performed.
Pop-ups & Paper Engineering
Paper engineering offers a variety of clever ways to present a story line, and includes pop-up books as well as other visually interactive works, such as those using flaps, dimensional structures, pull-tabs, wheels, and removable ephemera. Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart are well-known paper engineers.
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