What makes a great piece of children’s fiction?
A great children’s fiction tale has a story that’s well-written and appropriate for the age of the audience to which it’s directed. Children’s fiction can run the gamut in terms of genre and complexity. Since the age range of the genre is fairly extensive, books directed at very young children are usually short and contain lot of colourful illustrations, while books for grade school and middle school children are longer and geared toward a more advanced level of reading comprehension.
5 things to look for when choosing a children’s fiction book
- Choose a book with a story that is suitable for the child who will be reading the book (or will be having the story read to them). Most children’s books include recommendations concerning the age range they’re best suited for.
- Look for a story and characters that seem to come to life. Children don’t like dull, stereotypical or one-dimensional characters any more than adults do.
- Decide whether you want a realistic book or something more whimsical. Children’s books can range from fairy tales to contemporary stories that portray common themes in children’s lives – such as dealing with school and friends.
- Find a book with a main character and story that reflects the values you would like to instil in your child. Children’s novels can be written from many different perspectives and on a wide variety subjects, so make sure you agree with the message.
- No matter what book you choose, make sure it’s presented in a fun and engaging way. If you’re trying to teach your child about something important, you don’t want him or her to be bored, or even worse, dislike the story.
5 great children’s fiction books
There are many classic children’s books covering a huge variety of genres and topics. These famous stories have been read by generation after generation of children and were published in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a period which is considered to be the heyday of children’s literature.
The books listed below are just a few examples of the classic literature available for children.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum was published in 1900 and has been read by countless children since then. Additionally, the 1939 movie based on the story is still very popular with adults and children 75 years later.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was published in 1865 also has some truly memorable characters.
- The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi first appeared in 1883.
- Heidi by Johanna Spyri was originally published in two volumes in 1880 and 1881.
- The Book of Brownies is just one of the many popular children’s books written by Enid Blyton. It was published in 1926, but Blyton’s body of children’s fiction extends well beyond her death in 1968.