Basics for children’s authors

Taken from SCBWI publishing standards:

  • Board Books (1 or under manuscript pages) for 3 year olds and under
  • Picture Books (2 to 3 manuscript pages) for ages 3 to 8
  • Easy-to-Read (10-20 manuscript pages) for ages 5 to 8
  • Chapter Books (40-60 manuscript pages) for ages 7-9
  • Middle Grade (100-250 manuscript pages) for ages 8-12
  • Young Adult (200-350 manuscript ┬ápages) for ages 12 and up
  • Nonfiction (manuscript pages varies by age group)
  • Poetry for younger readers (15 to 40 manuscript pages) with only one poem per page
  • Poetry for older readers (50 to 150 manuscript pages) with one poem per page.

—-typical genres, manuscript reference