Children’s Books by Genre

Encouraging students to read a variety of texts can be a great way to help hesitant readers find books they love! It is also a great way to help readers who are stuck to one series branch out a bit! Doing a genre study with your class or family can be a fun way to help students branch out, while still allowing autonomy for students to choose a book that meets their interests.



Read below to find book ideas by genre for students of every age! If you enjoy this list, check out my Genre Unit Study for Anchor charts, activities, guiding questions and booklists for fiction and nonfiction books!



Realistic Fiction:

  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  • The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer

  • Double Fudge by Judy Blume

  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

  • Perfect by Natasha Friend

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green

  • Wonder by R.J Palacio

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

  • Rules by Cynthia Lord

  • No Dogs Allowed by Bill Wallace

  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

  • Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

  • Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt

  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

  • Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish

  • When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad

  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann Martin

Historical Fiction:

  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

  • Dear America Series published by Scholastic

  • I Survived by Lauren Tarshis

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Wilder

  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

  • Ranger in Time by Kate Messner

  • The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka

Science Fiction:

  • Magic School Bus (Many different authors and reading levels)

  • Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra

  • The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

  • Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

  • Dystopian Stories:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  • Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

  • Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer

  • 1984 by George Orwell

Well-known Fables:

  • Aesop wrote many famous fables

  • The Fox and the Grapes

  • The Lion and the Mouse

  • The Tortoise and the Hare

  • The Fox and the Crow

  • The Ant and the Grasshopper

  • The Beekeeper and the Bees

  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse

  • The Golden Touch

  • The Goose With the Golden Eggs

  • The Old Lion and the Fox

  • The Man and the Wood

  • The Two Goats

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


Well Known Myths:

  • Greek myths

  • Myth of Ares

  • Myth of Creation

  • Myth of Hercules

  • Myth of Jason and Argonauts

  • Myth of Narcissus

  • Myth of Odysseus

  • Myth of Pan

  • Myth of Pandora’s Box

  • Myth of Prometheus

  • Myth of Theseus

  • Myth of Zeus

  • Roman Myths:

  • The Legend of Romulus and Remus

  • Jupiter and the Bee

  • Jupiter, Juno, and Little Io

  • The Baby Mercury

  • The Trouble with Oracles

  • Apollo and Cassandra

  • Pluto and the King

  • Theseus & Ariadne

  • King Midas and the Donkey Ears

  • Constellations and the stories that go with them.

Well-known Legends:

  • Ali Baba

  • The Fountain of Youth

  • Paul Bunyan

  • The Kraken

  • The Loch Ness Monster

  • Bigfoot

  • Many Myths and Fairy Tales are also legends if they may have been once based on a true story (like the Odyssey or Robin Hood)

Well-Known Tall Tales:

  • Many Legends are Tall Tales if they are based on truth, but there are clear exaggerations within the story

  • Many American Tall Tale Heroes include:

  • Paul Bunyan

  • Nat Love

  • Pecos Bill

  • Daniel Boone

  • Davy Crockett

  • John Henry

  • Casey Jones

  • Johnny Appleseed

  • Peter Francisco

  • Old Stormalong

  • Sam Patch

  • Annie Oakley

  • Mike Fink

  • Tall Tale Heroes throughout the world include:

  • Big Bill

  • Crooked Mick

  • Big Joe Mufferaw

  • Toell the Great

  • Finn MacCool

  • Modern-day Tall Tales include:

  • Urban Legends

  • Chuck Norris Facts

Mystery Books:

  • A-Z Mystery Series by Ron Roy

  • Who dunnit Books

  • Sherlock Holmes Children’s Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

  • Wishbone Series (many different series, by different authors)

  • The Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton jones

  • The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base

  • Dear Mrs. Larue Series by Mark Teague

  • Private I. Guana by Nina Laden

  • Scooby-Doo by James Gelsey

Drama and Reader’s Theater Ideas:

  • There are so many different plays and reader’s theaters on www.dramanotebook.com Many of these plays are free, but you can also subscribe and pay for more choices and games.

  • Many different plays and readers theater on Teacher Pay Teachers

  • Find a local theater that does children’s plays and performances