Chapter books are then a stepping stone towards what the publishing industry refer to as ‘middle grade’ books. Both chapter and middle grade books have chapters, but the differences are in reader age and word count. Chapter books are designed for younger readers, and middle grade books for slightly older.
What are considered middle grade books?
Middle-grade fiction refers to books written for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, while young adult fiction refers to books written for readers roughly between the ages of 12 and 18.
What is considered middle grade?
“Middle grade is for children ages 8 to 12. It is generally shorter than YA (though that can vary with SFF) to account for younger children’s shorter attention spans, and though it doesn’t necessarily shy away from tough subjects, it generally avoids the graphic depiction of them.
What is a novel vs chapter book?
Unlike books for advanced readers, chapter books contain plentiful illustrations. The name refers to the fact that the stories are usually divided into short chapters, which provide readers with opportunities to stop and resume reading if their attention spans are not long enough to finish the book in one sitting.
What is lower middle grade?
To split the difference in character age between chapter books and middle grade, lower middle grade often features characters around the ages of nine or ten.
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