Writing for Children

Age Levels For Children’s Books

By December 17, 2016 No Comments

Last updated on April 2nd, 2019

If you’re writing a children’s book, it pays to be familiar with how publishers classify them. Publishers generally assign age groups for readers of various formats as set out in the following list:

  • Board books: Newborn to age 3
  • Picture books: Ages 3-8
  • Coloring and activity (C&A) books: Ages 3-8
  • Novelty books: Ages 3 and up, depending on content
  • Early, leveled readers: Ages 5-9
  • First chapter books: Ages 6-9 or 7-10
  • Middle-grade books: Ages 8-12
  • Young adult (YA) novels: Ages 12 and up or 14 and up

It’s okay to veer off a year or so in either direction when assigning a target audience age range to your work.


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Lisa Balthazar

Lisa Balthazar

Lisa Balthazar is an award-winning and bestselling writer and editor of books for children and adults. She has been Editorial/Publishing Director for Golden Books, Price Stern Sloan-Penguin Random House, Intervisual Books, Gateway Learning Corp (Hooked on Phonics), and other established publishing houses.


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