The first children’s book was published in 1658 and was called Little Pretty Pocket-Book. The longest novel ever written is Marienbad My Love by Mark Leach which is 3,687,227 words long. The shortest book ever written is 'The Right Word' by William J. Wolf, with only one word—'love'—in it.
Did you know?
Fiction books are stories that are made up by the author. Non-fiction books are based on facts and real-life events. Biographies tell the story of a person's life.
Types of Books
What makes a book a fiction book?
Think of a book you have read recently. Was it fiction or non-fiction?
Genres are types of books with similar ideas or topics. Examples of genres are mystery, fantasy, romance, and biography. Some books can fit into more than one genre.
Exploring Book Genres
Biography - the story of a person's life written by another person Autobiography - the story of a person's life they wrote about themselves Informational - gives facts. Usually uses charts, graphs, special vocabulary, and headings.
What are some examples of non-fiction book genres?
Realistic fiction - made up people, set right now, could happen, but didn't Science fiction - set in the future, uses technology, robots, aliens, space, etc. Fantasy - could never happen in real life. Mythical creatures, magic, talking animals Historical fiction - based on a real person, place, and time period Mystery - puzzling event that gets solved by the end of the story, clues Poetry - stories written in verse Folk Tales - made up a long time ago (myths, tall tales, legends, fairy tales)
There are more than 50 genres of books, including mystery, fantasy, romance, horror, and science fiction. The oldest known novel is the Tale of Genji, written in Japan in the 11th century. The most borrowed book genre in public libraries is mystery and detective stories.
Did you know?
Name three book genres you like to read.
What is your favorite book genre?
- Realistic Fiction
Draw a picture that represents your favorite book genre.