Genre Studies Research Guide

What is a Genre Study?

"Genre study is a foundational inquiry that involves several steps and gives students the tools they need to navigate a variety of texts with deep understanding... Your first step is to collect a set of high-quality mentor texts that are clear examples of the genre you are helping students understand" (Fountas & Pinnell 2012, 10).

This guide was designed to help with that first step of collecting the texts for your genre study!

Example Genre Study Lesson/Unit Plans:

Books About Teaching with Genre Studies:

Finding Books by Genre


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLC): Search by genre, age/grade/reading level, language and author/illustrator. Allows for browsing by subject or genre


Across Cultures: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children | print

Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales: Highly Recommended and Award-Winning Books | print

Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6 | print

Beyond Picture Books: Subject Access to Best Books for Beginning Readers | print

Big Book of Children's Reading Lists print

Brain Power Story Hour: Higher Order Thinking with Picture Books | print

Core Collection for Children and Young Adults | print 

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults | print

Graphic Novels for Young Readers | print

Junior Genreflecting | print eBook

Picturing the World: Information Picture Books for Children | print 

Finding Award Winning Books

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature - Allows for genre limits within specific awards.

Links to Awards Sites and Best-of-the-Year Lists - Awards/lists section of the site offers extensive details about the current winners for most promiant awards.

Finding Research

Education Source - Our biggest education database! The best place to find research published in journals, articles about best practice and literacy instruction.

ERIC - Another big education database. Contains unique items not found in Education Source.  Search them both!

Finding Your Books in the Library

UT Libraries Catalog: When searching our catalog, add author or book titles to the "Keyword" seach box, and choose the "Youth Collection" location.  Write down the call number of "available" books and go to PCL's 6th floor, section S to find them on the shelves.  Use the "Request" button to recall books that are checked-out or to place searches on books that you could not locate on the shelves. Example:

finding books in the library


If UT doesn't own a copy of the book you need...

Check the Austin Public Library Catalog

- Use InterLibrary Services to borrow the book from another library

Suggest a purchase

Finding More Help

Education Librarians:

Janelle Hedstrom

IM a Librarian Service:

Monday-Thursday, 10am - midnight
Friday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, 6pm - midnight

Other Useful Guides: