Finding the right genre for the individual student can be the best way to encourage your student to read in their leisure time. These include:
- Mystery/ Detective fiction: Mystery fiction is a story or narrative in which something unexpected or unexplained happens, and the characters work towards solving the mystery. Mystery fiction stories are good for engaging children with books and literature, as they are encouraged to keep reading to conclude the mystery.
- Science fiction: Science-fiction (sometimes shortened to sci-fi or SF) is speculative fiction. These stories typically deal with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial (alien) life. Science-fiction stories are very popular with young children as they are filled with imagination, adventure, and discovery – everything you might want in a story!
- Fantasy: Fantasy is a genre of fiction that typically, taking inspiration from myth and legend, is set in a fictional universe and features supernatural characters and mythical creatures. Fantasy stories are a wonderful escape from the norm, making them popular with children. As fantasy stories often feature more complex storylines with mysterious characters and plots, they provide excellent reading practice and a great genre for writing practice.
- Adventure Stories include something exciting and extraordinary, often a quest or a mission. Follow a brave hero through twists and turns you never expected from escaping some danger, going on a quest to discover something mystic and magical. Reading adventure stories in the classroom and at home is a fantastic way to encourage your students to get lost in a good book.