Copyright by Meg Fish
And some more facts for the road. Children's literature can be divided by genres as well as age category. Apart from picture books you'll find pretty much all genres common for adults here too. Being an age category opposite adult literature, it is divided further due to the divergent interests of children in their particular age groups. There are Picture Books for pre-readers ages 0–5, Early Reader Books appropriate for children age 5–7, Chapter Books appropriate for children ages 7–12, and last but not least Young-adult fiction appropriate for children age 13–18. The criteria for these divisions are rather vague though, and some books may be classified as different categories.
If you had to define children's literature would you include books written by children? Think Anne Frank here. And are there any children's books you re-read and enjoyed as an adult too? Let me know.