Children’s Picture and Story Books come in a variety of formats. Classifying them according to the reader’ age is an easy way to understand.
Children’s Board Books, also called infant, toddler or baby books are destined for children aged 0 to 3. They are small in size to fit small hands and they usually have a square shape, with die-cut rounded corners.
Picturebooks are for children with a slightly higher attention span and the ability to sit still for longer. Generally, this means children 4 to 8 years old. They are called Picturebooks because illustrations are important and contain 400 to 900 words. The text and the book’s illustrations play an equal role. The most common size in Australia is 210 x 210mm.
Easy Readers or Beginning Readers
These “easy-to-read” books target young kids who are just starting to read on their own, aged 6 to 8. They typically contain less than 3500 words and anywhere between 32 to 64 pages and illustrations are not crucial. they are present every other page as a way of holding the child’s interest.
Chapter books are for independent readers stage, meaning children from 7 to 10 years old. As they enter this stage, being able to read longer and more complex texts containing 4000 to 12,000 words with illustrations optional.
The final category of children’s books is Middle-Grade Novels. These are also regarded as pre-teen novels ( targeted ages are 8-12 yo) and they stretch between 25,000 to 40,000 words.
Children’s picture and story books are a great way to introduce your children to the joy of books