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New Call Numbers, New Books: Kids vs. Tween Fiction

on February 20, 2014

As we continue our children’s department  reorganization, you might have noticed that our chapter books are in two different places now…Kids and Tweens!

The difference between the two sections is less about the “reading level” or “grade level” of the book, and more about whether a younger child or a tween (ages 10-12 or so) would be interested in reading it.  Stories in the Kids section will be less intense than those in the same category in the Tween section.  The Kids section is great for younger kids who are reading above grade-level but not ready for “older kid” books.  The Tween section is great for upper elementary readers of all reading abilities who find shorter, “easier” chapter books too “babyish”.  Books for teens (grade 6 and up) will remain in their own area separate from the Kids and Tween collections.

Both sections will now be organized by genre.  Kids Fiction will include:

  • General Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Frightful Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Tales (folktales, fairy tales, traditional tales)
  • Poetry
  • Puzzles & Humor (I Spy and other picture puzzle books, jokes, riddles, brain teasers, Encyclopedia Brown, etc.)

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Leveled readers and easy/beginning chapter books will still have their own section.

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The Tween section will include:

  • Fantasy
  • General Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Supernatural Stories

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Click on the book covers to see new additions to our collection in these new categories!


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