Last updated on May 17th, 2018
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.
About The Author
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.